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Strong demand for Costa coffee and a solid performance by budget Premier Inns saw a sharp rise in third-quarter sales at Whitbread, leaving it confident it will meet targets for the year

Mandelson backs takeover law reform

The next government should review Britain's takeover laws, Lord Mandelson said last night.

Business Diary: Rogers demands the record is set straight

Someone is going to be in trouble. After Jim Rogers, the former business partner of George Soros, spoke at a trading seminar last week, someone put out a press release suggesting he had described the pound as a "basket case" and compared sterling to the Zimbabwean dollar. A furious Rogers then contacted the British media to insist he had said no such thing.

Claire Beale On Advertising: A screen veteran at the age of five

When you think about it, digital years are like dog years. Only shorter. Twelve digital months are perhaps 10 years in the real world; change happens fast and fads die young.

Margareta Pagano: Big Bang: The unintended consequences

Turning super-rich US lending banks loose in the UK led to catastrophic takeovers – let's return to good old Eighties M&As

Business Diary: Now Tories owe Branson a favour

Fulsome praise from the Conservatives for Sir Richard Branson's warning that unless we get on top of the deficit, Britain may face the prospect of higher interest rates. Having done the Tories a favour, let's see if they feel like reciprocating: just what is Conservative policy on the tie-up between British Airways and American, a deal to which Sir Richard is implacably opposed?

'Time to rein in the takeover artists,' says chocolate chief

Cadbury's former boss tells Richard Northedge that share speculators should be denied the vote

David Prosser: Mandelson's promises melt away

Outlook: Lord Mandelson professes himself "disappointed" at Kraft's decision to close the Cadbury factory in Keynsham only a week after Irene Rosenfeld, the US company's chairman, told him she planned to invest in the UK. Note that he didn't say he was "surprised" at Kraft's craven U-turn. The assurances Ms Rosenfeld gave him were as worthless as Kraft's pledge to reverse Cadbury's decision to close Keynsham.

Kraft to close Cadbury factory near Bristol

The US food giant Kraft was last night accused of "deliberately misleading" 400 Cadbury workers after it confirmed it will close the UK confectionery company's manufacturing plant near Bristol in the wake of the £11.7bn take over of the Dairy Milk maker.

Kraft reverses pledge to keep Cadbury factory open

Food giant Kraft today signalled the loss of up to 400 jobs by announcing the closure of a Cadbury factory - despite earlier promises to keep it open.

Business Diary: British Airways brings down the wall

We reported last week that the British Airways boss Willie Walsh had put up a "graffiti wall" at its West London headquarters for staff to scrawl messages of support for BA in its dispute with Unite and cabin crew workers. The airline has now had to take the whiteboard down amid allegations that it was an attempt to bully employees.

Cadbury top brass quit hours after Kraft take over

The three most senior directors at Cadbury have quit hours after the US food giant Kraft took control of the British confectioner.

Cadbury chairman to step down

Cadbury chairman Roger Carr today said he would step down after shareholders approved US food giant Kraft's £11.4 billion takeover.

Business Diary: Macquarie bankers make a boob

Red faces at Macquarie Bank, who provided Australian TV with an economist for a live comment on the Reserve Bank of Australia's interest rate decision yesterday. A hapless trader sitting behind the star turn opened an email just as the cameras began rolling. He got the pictures of the topless model off his screen fast, but not fast enough to avoid them being broadcast to the nation. You'll find the clip on YouTube.

Kraft finally acquires Cadbury after vote in favour of £11.4bn deal

Cadbury was finally acquired for £11.4bn by the US food giant Kraft yesterday, closing the door on nearly 200 years of independence for the Dairy Milk maker.

Cadbury workers attack Government amid demo over takeover

Cadbury workers today attacked the Government for not doing enough to prevent a takeover by US giant Kraft as they voiced fresh fears for their jobs.

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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