Business week in review
Sunday 15 September 2013
PricewaterhouseCoopers chairman Ian Powell was certainly in the money on Monday, after revealing that he was paid £3.6m for the year to June. That's up £300,000 – or one week of Gareth Bale's time – on last year. More broadly, more than 870 partners took home an average of £705,000 each, up 4 per cent on 2012.
On Tuesday, South African mining and commodities trading magnate Ivan Glasenberg pleased investors when he revealed that the cost savings from the $42bn (£29bn) deal that created Glencore Xstrata would be $2bn.
Royal Mail boss Moya Greene fired the starting gun on the flotation of the 250-year-old postal business, though unions are set to vote over a possible strike.
...at a loss
For balance, we lead the down-at-heel side of this column with Big Four accountant, Deloitte. UK senior partner and chief executive David Sproul saw his bean-counting empire fined a record £4m by the Financial Reporting Council for failing to manage conflicts of interest over their advice to collapsed car manufacturer MG Rover.
Rover collapsed into administration in 2005, for the loss of 6,000 jobs with debts totalling £1.4bn.
On Wednesday, Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins warned of "a property-driven boom", arguing the market was "more buoyant" than at any time over the past 10 years.
WM Morrison boss Dalton Philips said on Thursday a third of the supermarket's customers are "one pay cheque away from bankruptcy".
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
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- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
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