Business week in review
Sunday 23 September 2012
Back in the days when the Duchess of Cambridge was better known for wearing clothes, one of her favourite designers was Jenny Packham. In the heady days of May, *ée Middleton wore a teal number at a gala marking the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics.
Certainly, Debenhams was pleased, as Packham is one of the chain's key designers and sales soared through the roof, as demonstrated by an impressive trading update on Tuesday. Chief executive Michael Sharp said sales in the past 10 weeks were up by 3.8 per cent on last summer.
On Wednesday, it emerged that Bob Diamond's BP is in talks to sell its Texas City oil refinery to Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Also on Wednesday, Peter George announced the flotation of his pharmaceuticals group, Clinigen.
...at a loss
Rows! Oil! The Yellow Pages! What a week of high drama. On Monday, Harpic toilet cleaner-to-Durex condoms giant Reckitt Benckiser announced that finance director Liz Doherty was leaving. None of that "for personal reasons" flim-flam for boss Rakesh Kapoor, who admitted that "Reckitt's and her way of working are not as well matched as either of us would like".
Also on Monday, Shell chief executive Peter Voser announced that the oil empire will have to suspend its £2.5bn Arctic exploration programme for a year. On Wednesday, Mike Pocock, the boss of the absurdly named directories group hibu issued a profit warning.
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Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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