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The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Virgin to move brand division to Switzerland

Sir Richard branson is unapologetic about moving a key part of his Virgin empire out of Britain to Geneva for tax reasons. The announcement is a symbolic blow for the Chancellor, George Osborne, who had hoped to lure more companies back to Britain through cuts in corporation tax.

Philips books quarterly loss

Philips slumped to a €1.3bn (£1.1bn) loss in the second quarter after booking a €1.4bn write-down, mostly on its lighting and healthcare businesses, the electronics giant said yesterday.

Virgin to test 1.5Gb service

Virgin Media is set to begin testing the "world's fastest broadband". Trials for the 1.5Gb service, 240 times quicker than the UK average, will start at four east London companies later this month.

TNK-BP plans gatecrash of Rosneft share swap

TNK-BP is proposing to act as a middleman in BP's $10bn (£6.1bn) share-swap deal with Russian rival Rosneft, but the British oil major does not support the plan.

Andrew Buncombe: Undecided – the politician critics saw as a rabble-rouser

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, is perhaps the most controversial politician in India. He is also one of the most successful.

Tata buys British Salt for £93m

The Indian conglomerate Tata has bought British Salt for £93m from Lloyds' private equity arm. The firm produces half of the UK's pure salt at its Middlewich facility in Cheshire and also sells a range of white rock and brown rock salt for de-icing.

UTC to buy Clipper Windpower

The wind turbine maker Clipper Windpower has agreed to a £139.5m buyout by the US conglomerate United Technologies Corporation. UTC will pay 65p a share to gain control over the 50.1 per cent stake in the AIM-listed Clipper that it does not already own and assist with cash flow ahead of the transaction. Last year, UTC, which provides hi-tech products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries, paid £166m for a 49.5 per cent stake in Clipper.

Strike averted at Virgin Atlantic

The threat of strikes by Virgin Atlantic pilots has been averted after a dispute over days off was resolved.

Williams crashes out of Stena Cup

In a reversal of fortunes, former world champion Ian Williams went crashing out of the Stena Cup in Sweden while the man he so proudly beat in the pool stage, America's Cup skipper and triple Olympic gold medallist, walloped the current tour leader Mathieu Richard of France to go through to the semi-finals.

Essar suffers worst IPO in eight years

India's Essar Energy stumbled in what was the London market's biggest listing since December 2007 last night, with its shares slumping by more than 7 per cent to 389.5p on their first day of trading.

Album: The Futureheads, The Chaos (Nul Records)

"5-4-3-2-1... on your marks!" This is the up-and-at-'em statement of intent with which the Futureheads kick off their fourth album.

David Prosser: A chance for Toyota to pull clear of crisis

Outlook This will be a good test of how seriously Toyota takes the scandal that has engulfed it over the past month. Akio Toyoda, the president of the world's largest car manufacturer, and the grandson of its founder, has until now had an excuse not to attend a US Congressional hearing on the affair next Wednesday – he pointed out that he had not been invited. Now he has, with the Democrat chairman of the committee giving Mr Toyoda until the end of today to reply.

Branson puts his name in frame to buy Crystal Palace

Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he could be interested in a bid for Crystal Palace after administrators placed an advert in a bid to sell the troubled club.

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