Week in Review
Sunday 07 October 2012
Phew! South African billionaire Ivan Glasenberg finally has his hands back on Xstrata, the miner he spun-out of his Glencore commodities empire a decade ago. For years, as the Swiss-based coal-to-zinc empire grew, Glasenberg nursed ambitions to reunite the pair. Over the past eight months (it's only seemed like years), the two have tried to hammer out a megamerger in the public eye. Glasenberg recently upped his offer for Xstrata and on Monday the latter's board recommended it to shareholders. Now, the deal has just to get past pesky EU regulators.
Ian Meakins, the boss at heating and plumbing giant Wolseley, warmed the hearts, and wallets, of investors on Tuesday, announcing a £350m special dividend. This marked the latest stage of a recovery that saw the firm shed thousands of jobs to cut its debts.
Talking of dividends, it emerged on Thursday that Marie Claire publisher, IPC Media, paid a £51.5m dividend to parent company Time Warner. IPC chief Sylvia Auton must now be a favourite with bosses across the pond.
...at a loss
Beverley Williams, who must have had more fun selling naughty knickers at La Senza than trying – and usually failing – to flog tracksuits at JJB Sports. Only interim boss since July, last Monday she saw the chain cease trading as administrators closed 133 stores and shed 2,200 jobs.
KPMG managed to sell 20 shops to rival Sports Direct, but, sadly, the JJB name will no longer be found on the high street as Sports Direct pushes through a rebrand.
Also on Monday, one of the City's most high-profile bankers was one of four charged with insider trading by the Financial Services Authority.
Martyn Dodgson, a managing director at Deutsche, who advised the Treasury on its bank bailouts, is alleged to have been part of a three-year conspiracy to trade on inside information, netting £3m.
On Wednesday, Tesco boss Philip Clarke announced the grocer's first profit fall for nearly two decades. There were particularly bleak updates on its sales in South Korea, the United States and Europe.
South Korea ferry passengers who were told to stay put 'got trapped' aboard sinking ship
Undertaker dead hoax: WWE legend not 'found dead in home' as Facebook and Twitter reports
Are beards attractive? Ryan Gosling says yes, but science says no. Take the A-list facial hair challenge and find out who's right
Oscar Pistorius trial: Defence witness 'unqualified' to testify
Andre Johnson: Wu-Tang Clan-discovered rapper severed his penis and jumped from LA building
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
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- 2 Big Bang Theory to get special Star Wars episode with help from Lucasfilm
- 3 Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
- 4 Pharrell Williams 'Happy': British Muslims dance to song in video
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