Business week in review
Sunday 29 September 2013
In profit ...
"Canada's Warren Buffett", Prem Watsa, could soon find a friend in Barack Obama as the investment guru signed a letter of intent to rescue the president's favourite device, the BlackBerry.
Having announced 4,500 job cuts the previous week, BlackBerry seemed in big trouble but Watsa's Fairfax Financial Holdings emerged with a $4.7bn (£2.9bn) offer to take it private on Monday.
Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said on Tuesday worldwide aircraft would double by 2032, which amounts to orders worth about $4.4 trillion.
On Wednesday it emerged that former BHP Billiton boss Marius Kloppers received nearly $16m in his last year in charge.
... at a loss
British Gas owner Centrica laid into the Government on Monday, blaming the Coalition for a £240m writedown on its decision to shelve gas storage plans in East Yorkshire and the North Sea. Centrica said the Government's decision not to subsidise the market and weak economics meant that chief executive Sam Laidlaw had to abandon the projects.
ICAP became the fourth institution to be fined in the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal on Wednesday, as regulators on both side of the Atlantic rounded on the interdealer broker. The City giant received more than £50m in fines, leaving boss Michael Spencer grim-faced.
Also on Wednesday, Doug Oakervee quit as chairman of HS2.
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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