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The former owner of Portsmouth Football Club faces trial in Lithuania over a £400 million bank fraud after failing to convince a judge that he could be killed if he was extradited.

Business Diary: Whittaker misses out for once

A rare defeat for John Whittaker, the billionaire developer whose Peel Group owns assets ranging from Liverpool airport to Pinewood film studios. Peel, which counts the North-west as its heartland, has just failed to get planning permission for 350 houses it had been hoping to build at Burgess Farm, one of the last few working farms in Salford. Although Peel's plans included provision for affordable housing and alternative arrangements for the tenant farmers currently working the land, the whole development has been vociferously opposed by locals, who have now persuaded the local council to side with them.

Harry Potter and the furious feud: Rowling banishes her literary agent

After 16 years, man behind author's first deal will miss new chapter of e-book millions

Conrad Black to make freedom plea

Conrad Black, the disgraced media tycoon convicted of fraud and obstructing justice, is due to find out today if he must return to jail in the US to serve some or all of the remaining four years of his prison term.

The business on...Peter Dubens, Founder, Oakley Capital

Do I know him?

Maybe not, because he keeps a low profile, but Mr Dubens has been one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs over the past two decades.

King of the road Eddie Stobart left huge debts

Eddie Stobart, the man who made the haulage company a household name and had thousands of children looking out for his trucks, died bankrupt with debts of £220,000.

3,000 workers face axe at Focus DIY

Another 3,000 retail jobs are facing the axe today after the administrator for Focus DIY failed to find a buyer for the collapsed business.

Inquiry into ex-Network Rail boss nears end

Iain Coucher is expected to be exonerated over serious financial impropriety, but could face flak

DIY chain to go into administration

Nearly 4,000 staff at Focus DIY faced an uncertain future today after the struggling retail chain said it plans to put itself into administration.

Premier League chairman's role under fresh scrutiny

Potential conflict of interest over Richards son's firm producing merchandise for 2018 bid

Sandwich heirs carry on the family tradition

The Earl of Sandwich has opened a sandwich shop in London, 250 years after his ancestor, the Fourth Earl, is said to have invented the snack in his quest for something convenient to eat while he gambled.

Couple told to cool off in £400m divorce battle

In what has become one of Britain's most acrimonious and high-profile divorce battles, including walk-on roles for Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green, a couple at war over a £400m "missing fortune" has been given six months to "cool off" after a week of bitter exchanges in the High Court.

Rosneft may axe BP as partner in the Arctic

BP's controversial $10bn (£8bn) tie-up with Rosneft was teetering on the brink of collapse last night as a deadline to complete the deal appeared likely to pass without agreement.

CPP hit by termination of Barclaycard contract

Shares in the credit protection firm CPP sank a further 14 per cent to 129p today after its contract to manage Barclaycard’s credit card activation line was cancelled.

Edward Stobart: Businessman who established the family haulage company as one of Britain's most popular brands

Edward Stobart turned a small, family-run Cumbrian haulage business of eight lorries and 12 employees into the country's largest independent logistics company and one of the industry's most recognisable brands. Stobart had a vision of an ultra-reliable operator with smart and disciplined drivers; his attitude to business was built on an ethic of straight-talking, hard work and determination. He epitomised the self-made millionaire businessman, although he remained quiet and self-effacing, shunning the limelight.

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