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 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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