Business week in review
Sunday 04 November 2012
Dame Marjorie Scardino may soon be leaving Pearson, but that hasn't hurt her eye for a deal. On Monday, the Financial Times owner agreed to merge Penguin with US giant Random House, creating a powerhouse in the global books market.
BP boss Bob Dudley cheered investors with a better-than-expected third-quarter profit of $5.2bn (£3.5bn) and raised the dividend payout to nine cents. Next chief executive Lord Wolfson increased full-year profit expectations to £590m-£620m after strong autumn trading.
At a loss...
The knives were out this week, with Apple head of retail John Browett among the first to feel the blade on Monday. Only six months after joining from the Dixons chain, he lost his job in a management overhaul.
This column’s sympathies go to UBS chief executive Sergio Ermotti, who claimed on Tuesday that taking the axe to 10,000 jobs was “difficult”, particularly in a business “which is all about its people”. On Wednesday, Barclays boss Antony Jenkins revealed two fresh probes by US regulators.
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat
Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down
Review: Witty banalities aside, the comedian has an authentic voice
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Chicago voter tells Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend' – Obama stays super smooth
Oscar Pistorius: The brutal prison life that awaits disgraced athlete
Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
Raphael Ravenscroft dead: 'Baker Street' musician who played the most famous saxophone solo for just £27, dies aged 60
Darren Vann: Indiana man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear more
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
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