Business Diary: 06/03/2010
Saturday 06 March 2010
Primark's Ryan comes out of hiding
Arthur Ryan, chairman of Primark, hasn't been photographed in public since founding the chain in 1969. Now Mr Ryan's seclusion is over: after turning up to accept a gong at the Retail Week Awards at London's Grosvenor House on Thursday night, the septuagenarian stuck around and was spotted puffing away on a ciggie with pals outside the Park Lane hotel after midnight.
Sky News staff are set for a carpeting
Sky News has published a transcript of an interview conducted by Jeff Randall with ITV boss Archie Norman – an interesting chat, as Sky has a big stake in its rival. Mr Norman was placatory. "I have a good relationship with James Murdoch and Jeremy Durrock," Sky's transcript reveals he said. But who is this Durroch? Mr Norman was talking about Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch – whose own staff appear not to know how to spell his name.
HM Treasury happy to help RBS again
More help from the Treasury for the state-owned banks. Royal Bank of Scotland has been looking for a new head of media – who better to fill the role than Jason Knauf, spokesman for Paul Myners, the Treasury's Financial Services Secretary?
Tinchy Stryder on how to stay out of debt
Top marks to the BBC's Working Lunch business programme for its latest financial punditry recruit. Step forward "urban music star" Tinchy Stryder. "From however young you are, to however old you are, and whatever you have got, do not always spend your last penny," he tells the programme. Wise words.
Coke gets its money's worth from football
Coca-Cola is making the most of its World Cup football sponsorship. It has taken the trophy on a 225-day, 83,000-mile global tour of 86 countries – it's in London next week.
Number of the day: 8%
The economic growth that China is expecting to achieve this year, says Premier Wen Jiabao.
- 1 Should Apple buy Greece?
- 2 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 3 Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
- 4 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 5 Fox News anchor asks 'what's to prevent' three people from marrying after same-sex marriage legalised
Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional 'basic income'
Tunisia hotel shooting video: Dramatic footage appears to show gunman Seifeddine Rezgui running on Sousse beach
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
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