News Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling could be released before the end of the decade

Jeffrey Skilling, the ex-Enron chief executive who was sent to prison in 2006 after being convicted for his role in the energy giant’s collapse, could be freed by the end of the decade after a US judge cut his sentence from 24 to 14 years.

US pension fund giant sues NYSE in $1bn fraud claim

The New York Stock Exchange is facing a legal claim that it helped traders defraud investors of more than $1bn (£540m).

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A pay dispute which has caused unprecedented disruption to university students' degree courses was called off last night as lecturers' unions finally struck a deal with employers.

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Nationwide Building Society is predicting a glut of mergers in the sector as the weaker players seek safety in the arms of a larger parent.

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Business Essentials: How can a round-the-clock manager go about getting a life?

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lnTechnology shares crash to year low after profits warning

Shares in InTechnology, the IT infrastructure provider, bombed to a 12-month low yesterday, after the group warned that a squeeze on margins in the run-up to Christmas was likely to mean its full-year profits would come in below expectations.

Krispy Kreme ousts chief executive amid Federal investigation

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the scandal-hit fast food chain, bowed to pressure yesterday and parted company with its embattled chief executive, Scott Livengood. He will be replaced by Stephen Cooper, a turnaround specialist who has restructured Enron and Laidlaw, the parent company for Greyhound buses.

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