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
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Monday 25 April 2011
Give them top marks for persistence at least. Kraft Foods, the American company that caused such disquiet with its hostile takeover of Cadbury, has published a jaunty little rundown of the way its brands have been dominating Easter the world over. The idea was presumably to generate some goodwill, though revealing that you've bought Easter does rather confirm the prejudices some people have about big business. Still, Cadbury fans will be pleased to hear creme eggs are popular from here to Canada.
Saturday 23 April 2011
Children will wake up to smaller Easter eggs tomorrow – because chocolate makers have shrunk the packaging on millions of boxes by half.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Saturday 16 April 2011
Thursday 24 March 2011
The BBC is almost certain not to bid for a renewal of the right to screen live National Lottery draws when the contract comes up next year.
Tuesday 22 March 2011
The Takeover Panel has moved a step closer to drastically overhauling its code as it seeks to remove the "tactical advantage" for hostile bidders targeting UK companies.
Thursday 17 March 2011
Andrew Cosslett surprised the market with his decision to step down from the helm of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) yesterday, with the chain announcing finance director Richard Solomons as his replacement.
Wednesday 16 March 2011
The US food giant Kraft refused to rule out more UK redundancies during a grilling by MPs yesterday, only a year after it completed its £11.5bn takeover of Cadbury.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
Monday 14 March 2011
The Government was today accused of "dragging its feet" on a so-called Cadbury Law to protect British firms from predatory takeovers in the wake of the controversial sale of the chocolate giant to US firm Kraft Foods.
Monday 14 March 2011
Senior executives from Kraft will tomorrow face a grilling from MPs as they update the business select committee on commitments they made after controversially buying Cadbury.
Saturday 26 February 2011
Monday 21 February 2011
Tim Geithner , US Treasury Secretary, seems like a sensible fellow, so what a pity that he seems to be joining Chuck Schumer, the Democrat senator for New York, in his lamentable whingeing about the merger of the New York Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse. Schumer, affronted by the thought of the Germans taking over, has threatened to try to wreck the deal unless the new entity has a name with NYSE at the front, rather than Deutsche. And it looks as if he's signed up Geithner to the battle – the Treasury Secretary says he "very much" agrees with Schumer.
Saturday 12 February 2011
Costs stemming from the acquisition of the UK chocolate business Cadbury left the US food giant Kraft with a 24 per cent drop in Q4 profits.
Thursday 03 February 2011
It has been a common complaint: chocolate bars perennially seem to be getting smaller. Now Cadbury has admitted it is cutting the size of its Dairy Milk bar by two squares despite the price remaining the same.
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