Business week in review
Sunday 23 June 2013
Rarely is it a good time to be a viticulturist working in the UK, but climate change means that we're in a great age to produce fine wines.
Certainly, Majestic chief executive Steve Lewis will be celebrating with a glass or two of domestic fizz after a trebling of sales of English sparkling wine took pre-tax profit to £23.7m on Monday.
BT chief executive Ian Livingston was unveiled as David Cameron's new trade minister on Wednesday, having spent five years at the helm of the telecoms empire.
On Thursday, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary laid out plans to return €1bn (£854m) to happy shareholders over the next two years.
...at a loss
Anthony Bolton might be recognised as the most successful British fund manager of his generation, but the 63-year-old said on Monday he was retiring after a disappointing foray into the Chinese market. He will step down as the head of Fidelity China Special Situations investment trust next year, having postponed retirement in 2009 in an attempt to master the world's second-biggest economy.
Two companies owned by BBC reality star Neville "Big Nev" Wilshire, in documentary The Call Centre, were fined £225,000 on Tuesday for making nuisance calls.
Flybe boss Jim French announced a £40.7m pre-tax loss at the regional airline on Friday.
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Paris charity auction staged to save the ancient city of Tyre
Jennifer Lawrence: 'It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV'
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
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