Business week in review
Sunday 18 August 2013
Prudential boss Tidjane Thiam pleased the insurer's investors on Monday as he hiked their half-year dividend pay-out by 15.8 per cent to 9.73p and then laid into those rotten bureaucrats in Brussels. Thiam warned that new EU capital rules for the sector, known as Solvency II, are "one of the biggest threats to UK jobs and growth".
Another popular insurance head honcho was Resolution's Andy Briggs. On Tuesday, he predicted that the UK annuity market will be worth £40bn by 2020, helped by the retirement of the "baby boomer" generation.
New Look chief executive Anders Kristiansen announced a "really successful start" to its financial year, also on Tuesday.
...at a loss
Jim McNerney, the global chief of Boeing, compared himself to Darth Vader earlier this year when he talked of cutting jobs and squeezing suppliers. Well, the image of Boeing's Dreamliner is deteriorating to the extent that a TIE Fighter under fire from Luke Skywalker appears likely to make for a more comfortable ride than the 787 jet. On Wednesday, an electrical wiring fault was found on the engine fire extinguishers of three Dreamliners, which follows issues with the jets' batteries.
Wednesday also saw Barclays finance director Chris Lucas step down due to his worsening health.
SIG boss Stuart Mitchell said on Thursday that the insulation company's profit was hampered by cold weather. Errrr…
- 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
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Microbial life found living on the exterior of the International Space Station, say reports
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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