Business Diary: The French paint a picture in IMF race
Thursday 23 June 2011
As the final two candidates in the race to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund near the finishing line, their respective supporters are stepping up their campaigns. Especially in France, our correspondents tell us, where every article about the contest features a picture of finance minister Christine Lagarde looking slim and athletic as well as a wide-angle shot of her rival, Mexico's Agustin Carstens, which shows him in his full, corpulent glory. The message about who is more fit to govern the IMF is not even subliminal.
Kraft celebrates its women
Breaking news from Kraft, the Americans who robbed Britain of its favourite confectionery company a couple of years back. But we're not quite sure why Kraft wants us to know that it is sponsoring the Real Women of Philadelphia competition, a cooking contest for women with recipes that include the soft cheese the company makes. Is this just another attempt to rub our British noses in the fact that Kraft boss Irene Rosenfeld managed to nab Cadbury?
Rich people have feelings too
The latest edition of Spear's, the magazine for the super-rich, has arrived – but do we detect a bit of the touchy-feely stuff creeping into the world of the high-net-worths? Along with the obligatory features about how to grow your enormous wealth even further, the latest Spear's also carries a touching piece headlined "The kids aren't all right". It's all about how children are so often the victims when rich people divorce. Naturally, the article sits opposite a lengthy piece about how lawyers can play a key role in the lives of the wealthy.
They couldn't make it up
It's a pretty standard public relations trick to try to garner some free publicity with a spurious survey – such as, for example, the research we received yesterday from a company claiming that one in five Britons has lied during a job interview or while filling in an application form (is the figure really that low?). It's unremarkable stuff, but we enjoyed the irony of the name of the company that commissioned research about people making stuff up – step forward Inventium.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
The X Factor's judges colourful outfit was mocked by Simon Cowell
- 1 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 2 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Sophia Loren: How I rejected Cary Grant and 'pulverised' Marlon Brando with my eyes
Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
iJobs Money & Business
£18 - 23k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Customer Service Executiv...
£60 - 65k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a ASP.NET Web Developer / ....
£60,000 - £80,000: Saxton Leigh: Our client is an leading Asset Manager based...
£27000 - £32000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our large charity ...