Business Diary: 13/03/2010
Saturday 13 March 2010
Asda's selective memory for figures
On Monday, George at Asda launched a 100-day returns policy across its clothing range to a great publicity fanfare.
In the editors' notes to the press release, George states that it "recently overtook M&S as the UK's number one clothing retailer in terms of volume" with a 10.1 per cent market share. However, the TNS data it references is from October 2009. Curiously, there was no mention of the fact that M&S is now back in the top spot with a 13.1 per cent market share, ahead of Primark's 10.8 per cent with George trailing at 9.5 per cent for the 12 weeks to 31 January 2010. Funny that, eh?
A resourceful use of Chelsea FC by HR
What's the biggest issue facing HR managers today? The peccadillos of Chelsea's footballers, apparently. Human Resources magazine has used the footballers' headline-grabbing behaviour to offer advice on how to act when an employee's activities outside the workplace damage team morale. The verdict? Take prompt and effective action, be consistent and fair, and take preventative steps. Well, duh.
Samsung's bid to bag the Wags with phone
Now we're on the subject of Chelsea, here's sponsor Samsung, using its marketing muscle to get added value from the millions it pays to have its name splashed across the Blues' shirts. Having sewn up the players, it hopes their Wags will buy a truly cringe-worthy new phone called "Diva". You'd think the wives and girlfriends would have more taste, but looking at some of them, maybe Samsung's on to something.
Pimlico Plumber off to Spain over tax grab
The latest plutocrat to threaten to quit Britain over the new 50 per cent top rate of tax is Charlie Mullins the millionaire boss of Pimlico Plumbers who's considering a move to Spain. That'll do wonders for response times.
Number of the day: 105
As in Repo 105: the "repo" deals that Lehmans booked as sales, shifting $50bn off-balance sheet in the process
- 1 Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
- 2 Before you complain about your GP, this is what you need to know about actually doing the job
- 3 UK's biggest male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men reporting sexual violence and seeking help
- 4 'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
UK's biggest male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men reporting sexual violence and seeking help
Priest warns pupils the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is 'demonic activity'
'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
Fifa corruption arrests: Sepp Blatter 'quite relaxed' and confident he is 'not involved'
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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