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 I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' near to camp
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, PC World, GAME and Argos
Three-year-old boy accidentally shoots dead his mother in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as she changes her younger daughter's nappy
Michael Brown shooting: Driver smashes into crowd as protests erupt across the US during a second night of unrest
Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
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