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 Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage from US parenting groups
- 4 McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
- 5 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
MH17 crash: Investigators discover more human remains and 'huge section of plane'
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
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