A WEEK IN BUSINESS
Sunday 08 October 1995
Shares in Alan Sugar's Amstrad computer company rose 4 per cent to 278p after he announced a return to the black with a 1994-5 profit of pounds 3.1m, compared to a loss of nearly pounds 20m a year earlier. The company, he said, is now on the acquisitions trail.
Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator, announced that another pounds 465m had disappeared into its black hole. Yet the company continued to reject a debt-for-equity swap and its shares defied gravity by rising 0.5p to 92.5p.
Greasy pole (up)
Gerry Robinson has risen to become chairman of Granada. Charles Allen, the head of Granada Television, steps into his chief executive's shoes. The promotions follow the retirement of Alex Bernstein, whose family founded the group 70 years ago.
Greasy pole (down)
An arbitrage trader at Tokai Bank's London branch is reported to have taken a pounds 12m pay cut in line with a fall in the bank's profits. Kaveh Alamouti still made pounds 2.36m last year, it is believed.
Details of the Procter & Gamble suit against Bankers Trust were revealed, alleging that the New York based bank discussed a "rip off factor" while dealing with nine corporate customers, including the consumer products group.
Scottish Power won its pounds 1.1bn hostile takeover battle for Manweb after winning the support of 60 per cent of shareholders. It is the third and largest successful bid in the sector.
Carlsberg-Tetley is cutting 500 jobs at breweries in Warrington, which will close altogether, and Burton. Operations will be moved to Leeds.
Talking supermarket displays arrived in Britain to extoll the virtues of cat food. Somerfield stores are using battery-powered computer chips hooked up to hidden speakers to tell shoppers to "indulge your loved one with a can of new Spillers Purrfect".
The Manufacturing Science and Finance Union accused the Government of suppressing a report on workplace stress because it quotes research suggesting that working more than 48 hours a week can double the chance of a heart attack.
The rescue plan for Lloyd's of London was placed in jeopardy by auditors who fear angry names will "gun" for them if they cannot get compensation from members of the insurance market. Lloyds vowed to go ahead.
Alliance Resources, the Irish oil exploration company suspended from the London Stock Exchange last month, is suing its former chief executive, John O'Brien, claiming that he used a forged letter to misrepresent the group's interests in a Louisiana oil field.
In the dock
The Serious Fraud Office is trying to track down the owners of Admatec Corporation, registered in the British Virgin Islands, after its collapsed Moneywise Money Plan was exposed as a pounds 1.3m pyramid scheme with up to 3,000 UK victims.
Place your bets
Odds on Norman Lamont, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, winning a seat in parliament at the next general election? Ladbrokes is quoting 3/1.
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- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Mick Jagger denies being World Cup curse and reason for Brazil’s embarrassing defeat
Israel-Gaza crisis: ‘We just want it to end… We don’t deserve to live like this’
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
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