Business week in review
Sunday 04 August 2013
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, had more friends this week after the social network's shares powered past last year's flotation price of $38 (£25) for the first time. Its stock price tanked after its troubled float on Nasdaq in May 2012, but a boom in mobile advertising drove its quarterly revenue up by 53 per cent to $1.8bn.
Shares in Next, the UK fashion chain, hit a record high on Tuesday, following a robust first quarter of trading. Its chief executive Lord Wolfson said shoppers were becoming "more spontaneous" in their spending habits, but downplayed the prospects of a full-scale economic recovery for the foreseeable future.
...at a loss
Barclays' chief executive Antony Jenkins had a week to forget, as the bank unveiled a £5.8bn rights issue to shore up its balance sheet. It was forced into the bigger-than-expected cash call to satisfy the Prudential Regulation Authority, which has identified £12.8bn a capital shortfall at the banking giant. Barclays is also steeling itself for further developments into its 2008 fundraising from Qatar before Mr Jenkins' time.
Another company facing fresh controversy is Apple, whose chief executive is Tim Cook, over working conditions at its Chinese suppliers' factories. US-based China Labor Watch alleges Apple's suppliers have used child labour, forced overtime and illegal 66-hour working weeks.
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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