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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

David Prosser: Man at the Pru takes a huge leap of faith

Outlook: One thought about Prudential's giant acquisition in Asia: what do all those folk who bemoaned the sell-off of British assets when Kraft bought Cadbury a few weeks ago have to say about this deal?

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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