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Deloitte fined record £14m over MG Rover advice

Accountants Deloitte were today punished with a record £14 million fine for failing to manage conflicts of interest over their advice to collapsed car maker MG Rover.

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A judicial panel set up by the military-backed government has supported a legal challenge to the status of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was part of a drive to crush the movement behind the elected President who was deposed in July.

Hobbs sale looks unlikely as finance director departs

The finance director of Hobbs is leaving the fashion retailer, dampening speculation that the private-equity-backed chain will be put up for sale in the near future.

Deloitte loses MG Rover conflict-of-interest appeal

Deloitte has failed to overturn a ruling that it did not manage conflicts of interest between MG Rover and the so-called “Phoenix Four” directors in the lead-up to the car maker’s collapse.

Publicis and Omnicom’s £23bn merger knocks Sorrell’s WPP off global summit

Advertising was shaken to its foundations on Sunday as a $35bn (£22.7bn) mega-merger between two industry rivals toppled Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP as the world’s biggest firm.

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Yahoo’s earnings rose by 46 per cent in the second quarter, the company said last night as its chief executive, Marissa Mayer, marked one year at  the helm of the internet business that is trying to win back the attention of web users.

Robinsons may not mix with Irn-Bru and Orangina after all: Doubts grow over soft drinks merger despite final approval as Britvic pours cold water on deal with AG Barr

Britvic cast further doubt today on whether its Robinsons squash business will mix with AG Barr’s Irn-Bru and Orangina, despite the two titans of soft drinks finally securing official clearance to merge from the Competition Commission.

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The striker is concerned his current club will demand too high a fee from Aston Villa

AstraZeneca pays $1.2bn for lung treatment maker

AstraZeneca has bought the US lung drug specialist Pearl Therapeutics for $1.15bn (£740m) as it continues to resuscitate its product pipeline through deals.

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No Pain, No Gain

ENRC reveals details of low-ball bid from founders

Shares in the controversial FTSE 100 miner Eurasian Natural Resources (ENRC) dropped yesterday after it confirmed details of an unwanted attempted takeover bid by its oligarch founders and the Kazakhstan government.

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