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…
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- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Scottish independence: Despite defeat history may still point to Alex Salmond as the victor
Scottish independence referendum: Frankie Boyle reacts to nation's 'No' vote - 'To be fair, I've always hated Scotland'
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Scottish referendum: Police struggle to control Unionist rally in Glasgow's George Square
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
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