Business Diary: Right warning, wrong company

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Confetti's customers were warned, though maybe not about the right supplier. The wedding gift company, which went into administration yesterday, continues to run a prominent advert on its website for wedding insurance. The sort of things that such a policy might cover, Confetti advises, include your caterer going bust. Strangely, there was no mention of payouts for guests who buy gifts from a wedding company that goes into administration.



Dr Doom goes to Hollywood

Nouriel Roubini, the gloomy US economist, has a cameo role in the new Wall Street movie that is due to come out next month, and seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the process of making the film. He reveals on his blog: "My trailer had a sign that said 'if this economist is a rockin', don't come a knockin'." He then explains, in slightly more serious terms, what he thinks needs to be done to stop the Gordon Gekkos of the modern world.



No FT, no cat to chase the rats

We live in financial times, the pink paper's advertising campaign proclaims – and rat-infested ones too, it would appear. The paper's managing editor has just been forced to put out yet another email – there have been several this year – urging staff to be a bit more careful about leaving food lying around in the office, given the ongoing rodent problem. Nor were previous suggestions that the paper invest in a cat entirely well received at executive level.



An old rivalry continues

"Here's a couple of things America got right: cars and freedom." So proclaims the television advert in the US for Chrysler's Dodge Challenger, which shows a platoon of the cars seeing off the massed ranks of English redcoat soldiers. The advert was initially created to coincide with the England v USA game in the World Cup. But several months on it is still showing – and presumably striking a chord with those Americans looking a little more warily across the pond in the wake of the BP oil spill scandal.

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