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Jail-sentenced billionaire Mehmet Karamehmet is being sued for almost $10m (£6.6m) in the High Court over loans issued to Maltese shipping company Blue Shipping.

Jupiter staff to share pounds 500m

THE 300 staff at Jupiter, the Knightsbridge-based fund manager, are to receive windfalls totalling pounds 500m in the next few days.

Ayling declares BA has turned the corner despite 80% profits slump

BRITISH AIRWAYS declared yesterday that it had started to turn the corner despite reporting a drop of more than 80 per cent in profits for the second quarter - traditionally its most profitable period of the year.

Architecture: A river city is reborn

A bold scheme masterminded by Norman Foster and Terry Farrell is to regenerate the once great, now sadly run-down city of Hull. By Nonie Niesewand

BA warns of job cuts as profits dive by 80%

BRITISH AIRWAYS yesterday warned of job cuts and refused to rule out the possibility of falling into loss this year for the first time since privatisation 12 years ago.

Duty-free dies and chaos takes its place

WITH duty-free due to be abolished in the European Union from midnight on Wednesday, ferry companies face a difficult week as customs officials work down to the wire to hammer out details of the new regime.

Commerzbank buys Credit Lyonnais stake

GERMANY'S COMMERZBANK yesterday said that its management board agreed to accept the French government's offer of a 4 per cent stake in the planned privatisation of Credit Lyonnais.

Commerzbank to take stake in CL

GERMANY'S COMMERZBANK yesterday said that its management board had agreed to accept the French government's offer of a 4 per cent stake in the planned privatisation of Credit Lyonnais. Martin Kohlhaussen, Commerzbank's chief executive, said the two banks planned to co-operate on operations in France, Germany and internationally, with the possibility of pulling CL into Commerzbank's existing network.

Ashcroft homes in on Smith Square

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Focus: Sex sells, even in a deflating market

AN UNUSUAL crowd is sipping champagne on the 49th floor of the Commerzbank tower. Bankers in sober suits ogle the waitresses: leggy, under-dressed young things straight out of a men's magazine. In the middle of the melee , an elderly woman fixes her piercing blue eyes on the cameras, while the PR people work on the assembled journalists, each hack clutching a little gift package tied with a pink ribbon. "Share our sexy business," urges a poster at the entrance.

C&W to raise pounds 3.8bn on the back of One2One stake

CABLE & WIRELESS, the UK's second largest telecoms company, yesterday said it was raising pounds 3.8bn to give it extra financial muscle by effectively using its stake in One2One as collateral.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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