Business week in review
Sunday 09 December 2012
Chelsea fans might be angry at their billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich for hiring Rafa Benitez as the club's manager, but in the City the Russian is reinventing himself as a "white knight".
On Tuesday, the luxury yacht-loving tycoon agreed to take a £1.2bn stake in the world's biggest nickel producer, Norilsk, in a deal brokered to end all legal disputes between two other oligarchs, Vladimir Potanin and Oleg Deripaska, who each own around a quarter of the mining company's stock.
The chief executive of TUI Travel, which is behind the brands Thomson and First Choice, declared on Tuesday that package holidays are back in vogue as the UK's wet weather ended the staycation fad. Peter Long announced an 8 per cent profit rise to £390m for the year to September.
Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter announced a 39 per cent increase in first-half profit on Wednesday.
...at a loss
Quitting with a pay-off that exceeds the worth of many Lotto jackpot-winning tickets would be enough to see most people into the top bit of this column, but not poor(ish) Trevor Reid. On Tuesday, miner Xstrata announced finance boss Reid was off, with £5.45m in his bin.
However, he was expecting up to £11m in retention bonuses as part of a £140m pot proposed for senior management after the £56bn deal to merge Xstrata with former parent Glencore, the cobalt-to-sugar trader.
Xstrata shareholders voted down the bonuses recently, a clear sign that the shareholder spring was not a one-season-only event.
On Wednesday, Tesco boss Philip Clarke confirmed reports that the supermarket empire was conducting a "strategic review" – almost certainly a sale – of Fresh & Easy. Tesco admitted its US arm "will not deliver acceptable shareholder returns" in its current form.
Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced another austerity-driven budget on Wednesday.
- 1 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 2 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 3 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
- 4 News agency criticised for describing Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife' in coverage of human rights trial
- 5 David De Gea to Real Madrid: Real finally get their man with £29m bid for Manchester United goalkeeper
Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Turkey duped the US, and Isis reaps rewards
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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