Business week in review
Sunday 09 June 2013
In profit ...
The sunny weather brought with it a big new job for departing Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett. On Monday he was named as the new chairman of Guardian Media Group, a move that is thought to signal plans to charge for the group's flagship national newspaper website.
On Wednesday, reforms of the Co-op in the wake of crisis in its banking division moved on apace with the appointment of Richard Pennycook as group finance director. He joins from supermarket chain WM Morrison.
Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland saw his short-term bonus rising by a quarter to £829,000 on Thursday.
...at a loss
AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot was forced to write-down £93m on Tuesday after the pharmaceutical giant was forced to dump a new arthritis pill. Fostamatinib caused patients to suffer a number of side-effects including the common cold, in what was Astra's sixth drug failure in recent years.
Manny Roman, the head of Man Group, endured a miserable Wednesday when the hedge fund spooked investors when it was revealed key AHL fund's fortunes had tumbled in recent weeks.
On Thursday, Network Rail boss Sir David Higgins saw the organisation's growing debt burden – not more than £30bn – hit the headlines.
Apple has been hit by complaints about the 1.1GB download
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Matt Smith is set to join cast of the Jane Austen classic - with a twist
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
Scottish independence: Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing result either way
Scottish independence: Almost half of No voters have felt 'personally threatened' by the Yes campaign
Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
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