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.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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