Current top female CEOs include Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, left, and easyjet’s Carolyn McCall, right

It’s not equality yet, but 2012 saw more women on FTSE boards

Nearly half of all first-time directors appointed at Britain’s biggest companies last year were women, offering renewed hope that the Government target of a 25 per cent female make-up of FTSE 100 boards by 2015 will be met.

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Burberry is beating the forecasts as its menswear thrives

Dapper men snapping up Burberry's smart tailoring and accessories helped the luxury brand report forecast-beating sales yesterday.

Number of female executives at FTSE 100 companies is falling despite efforts to boost women in industry

Female Tory MPs call on major call on major firms to publish detailed information on how many women they employ

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Burberry slips after finance chief quits

Burberry has revealed the shock departure of its long-standing finance chief Stacey Cartwright.

Burberry sales take on a new look thanks to festive sprees

Christmas shopping sprees delivered a welcome boost for Burberry today as the luxury brand announced forecast-beating sales, sending its shares to the top of the FTSE 100 index.

Tom Bawden: Only two women CEOs left in FTSE 100: perhaps it is time to give quotas a go

Cynthia Carroll is the second female FTSE 100 chief executive to resign in less than a month, and cuts in half the number of women holding the top spot at a blue-chip company.

FTSE 100 loses another female boss as Anglo American's Cynthia Carroll steps down

The FTSE 100 Index is to lose another female chief executive after Cynthia Carroll announced she is to step down as boss of Anglo American.

Business week in review

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Burberry sales slow as luxury sector starts to feel the impact of global economic crisis

The company was hit by a 5 per cent drop in licensing revenue
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