Business week in review
Sunday 06 May 2012
Sir Martin Sorrell has claimed he does not have "a substantial pay packet". Lord alone knows how much wonga the WPP boss would consider a decent amount, as last year's base salary was revealed on Monday to be £1.3m, up one-third on 2010. Sir Martin's compensation package – we're not saying pay, as FTSE bosses get angry over the semantics of their rewards – was just shy of £13m.
There are plenty of pariah jobs out there – arms dealers, journalists – but few anger do-gooders as much as cigarette-sellers. That didn't stop Imperial Tobacco boss Alison Cooper announcing increased revenue and dividend for the first six months of the financial year on Tuesday. The group further pleased investors with a £500m share buyback pledge.
On Thursday, RSA boss Simon Lee said demand for UK household and pet insurance was on the up.
... at a loss
It's not an Ashes summer, but still Australians queue to annoy the Brits. On Monday, Cameron Clyne, the head of National Australia Bank, announced 1,400 job cuts at its subsidiaries, the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks. Clyne said there had been "a significant downgrade in the growth prospects of the UK economy". Whatever – we've still got that urn.
An Aussie with a longer history of annoying Poms is Rupert Murdoch. The octogenarian's horrendous week, after a committee of MPs declared on Tuesday that he was "not a fit and proper person to exercise stewardship of a major international company", was saved by a vote of confidence from News Corp's board.
On Wednesday, Next boss Lord Wolfson admitted that heavy rain had dampened sales.
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews
- 2 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 3 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad with Jager and potatoes for vodka as campsite opens tomorrow
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Ferguson protests: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein ‘arrested’ by police during St Louis demonstrations
Syria conflict: President Assad finally turns on Isis as government steps up campaign against militant strongholds
Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness
Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Audley Harrison meets Kellie Maloney: 'Was Kellie really the best you could come up with?'
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
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