Business and City in Brief
Tuesday 12 April 1994
Air France staff voted to back a Fr20bn ( pounds 2.3bn) rescue package which will result in job cuts and a wage freeze. Christian Blanc, chairman, had threatened to resign unless the plan won staff support.
The prime minister, Edouard Balladur, has made the approval of the employees a condition for going ahead with cash injection for the ailing airline.
The Belgian national airline, Sabena, made a Bfr4.5bn ( pounds 128m) loss in 1993, including a one-time charge of about Bfr1bn for restructuring costs.
Shares of Viacom, the US entertainment group, rose yesterday on reports that it may sell Madison Square Garden to Nynex, the regional US telephone utility. Both Viacom and Nynex denied talks were under way.
Small and medium-sized firms are to get an extra pounds 10m for the development of new products and processes, the trade and technology minister, Patrick McLoughlin, said. The Support for Products under Research programme, which was due to close last month, is to be extended to March 1995.
The Securities and Investments Board, the senior financial regulator, has issued rules that will implement proposed changes to the Investors Compensation Scheme. One aim is to put an end to cross-subsidisation of compensation bills between different sorts of investment firm.
Two directors resigned from Blenheim, the exhibitions group struggling to shake off City scepticism about its performance. The departures of Philip Soar, in charge of planning and strategy, and Michael Fletcher, managing director of Blenheim UK, follow poor results and a downbeat trading statement. The shares rose 1p to 370p.
Help ruled out
The Welsh Secretary, John Redwood, ruled out government help for Tower colliery, the last pit in South Wales which is earmarked for closure by British Coal. Miners have voted to oppose closure, rejecting an enhanced redundancy package, but British Coal said the vote was not representative of the total workforce.
New York: There were modest gains in a cautious market awaiting key inflation data. The Dow Jones average closed 14.57 points higher at 3,688.83.
Tokyo: Futures-linked selling lowered the Nikkei average 36.91 points to 19,898.08.
Hong Kong: Bargain-hunters pushed prices up almost 2 per cent. The Hang Seng added 178.55 to 9,476.77.
Sydney: With investors wary of further falls on Wall Street, the All Ordinaries slipped six points to 2,076.
Bombay: Closed (holiday).
Johannesburg: Weakness in the financial and commercial rands boosted shares, with the overall index 57 points better at 5,009.
Frankfurt: Hopes of an interest rate cut helped to push the DAX 21.99 points higher to 2,225.33.
Paris: A recovery in bonds drove the CAC-40 index up 30.51, closing at 2,145.28.
Zurich: Prices were supported by position-squaring on the futures market. The SPI rose 2.22 to 1,848.2.
London: Report, page 26.
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- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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