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Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

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Nokia Siemens Networks, the struggling telecoms equipment business, is to axe 17,000 employees within two years as it seeks to slash €1bn of costs out of the business.

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Balfour Beatty yesterday warned that market conditions were set to remain tough as it revealed that the coalition Government's austerity measures were beginning to hit its UK business.

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Hold the front page: women over-pack when going on holiday. The conclusion of a recent survey by Co-operative Insurance, which found that women pack double what they wear, will hardly be news to many. But I was surprised to read that, on average, women pack six – count 'em, six – bikinis for a fortnight's holiday.

UBS to slash jobs in £1.5bn cost-cutting after profits nosedive

The European debt crisis dragged down investment banking profits at UBS and Deutsche Bank in the second quarter, forcing the Swiss bank to announce drastic cost cuts that will include significant job losses over the next three years and to scale back its longer-term profit expectations.

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Cisco lays off 11,500 in $1bn cost-cutting drive

Cisco Systems is to cut 15 per cent of its staff and sell a set-top-box factory as part of a plan to cut annual expenses by $1bn (£620m) as the network equipment maker tries to revive its fortunes.

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.

Business Diary: A quiet buck for Standard Life

Another one for the "good day to bury bad news" category. Standard Life quietly announced at the end of last week that it was putting up charges on seven ofits most popular investment funds, in a market where the trend is for cutting costs. Financial advisers are making a bit of of a stink about the increases, but their complaints have been lost in the storm that has blown up elsewhere. How many more companies will be slipping out something while the News of the World furore continues?

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