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 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old gold bongs in Russia
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after British tourists complain of 'awkward' holidays
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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