Lotus drives deeper into the red

Lotus suffered a 40 per cent slide in the number of sports cars sold as losses at the Malaysian-owned engineer worsened dramatically last year.

Reforms are being demanded for the agency that buys British military kit

MoD sets sights on Serco and Capita to reform supplies

The Goverment contractors Serco and Capita are among businesses being wooed to salvage the Ministry of Defence's much-criticised reforms of the agency that buys military kit.

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Serco to run Boris bikes in London

MoD in new retreat over bid to enrol big business

Attempts by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to reform the Ministry of Defence by enlisting big businesses for their commercial skills have again been struck by a lack of private sector interest.

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Plan to avert global warming by cooling planet artificially 'could cause climate chaos'

Proposal to inject tiny reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to block out sunlight could lead to droughts, warn scientists

Balfour Beatty lands £154m London Olympic Stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, has landed a £154 million deal to convert London's 2012 Olympic stadium into a new sports venue set to become the home of Premier League team West Ham.

India: Two bodies found as death toll rises in Goa building collapse

Rescuers have recovered 23 survivors, pulling the last from the wreckage on Sunday but at least 17 workers have died

Daft Punk and Steve Wonder are collaborating for a performance at the Grammy Awards on 26 January

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The soul legend will perform with the dance duo at the event on 26 January

A Tornado jet flying during a trial of 3D printed components, manufactured by the defence contractor, which could lead the way for further military use on the type

RAF jets fly with parts produced on 3D printers

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Defence Secretary Philip Hammond renews drive to enlist private sector in MoD procurement of food, vehicles and weapons

Defence chief undeterred by collapse of plans effectively to privatise agency

The Business Matrix: Monday 6 January 2014

Hammond in fresh reform bid

Yeovil celebrate after James Hayter scores against Leyton Orient

Yeovil 4 Leyton Orient 0 match report: Yeovil reach fourth round for the first time in nine years with crushing defeat of Orient

Russell Slade's injury-hit side could not cope with cope with the Championship side

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Book of the week: The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman by Patrick Barclay

Is Herbert Chapman the greatest football manager this nation has seen? Patrick Barclay, while leaving the reader to decide for him(or her)self, mounts a very persuasive case for the Arsenal legend of the Twenties and Thirties who “scythed the path along which all British managers have walked”.

Cockpit safety will be a big issue in 2014

Simon Calder: A safety record that is the envy of the world

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Imperial College London is set to appoint its first female president in September.

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