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).

Lecturers in deal to end exam boycott

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.

Nationwide eyes mutual competitors for 'tasty morsels'

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.

Power, money and excitement

Accountants may have a grey image but the reality is that they are key players, crucial to the running of a business

The Investment Column: Carillion is still building value

Technology fund IP2IPO offers risk and rewards - Overambitious Hemscott is best avoided for now

Business Essentials: Does Freshwater need a big fish to float in the City?

A marketing firm with its sights set on an AIM listing wants to know how to get the best specialist advice, says Kate Hilpern

Confront the taboo with an instant will

A new breed of DIY testaments will make it easier to plan for our mortality, says Sam Dunn. But beware of the pitfalls

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

The owner of a hire firm needs to know how to spread the load if he is to stop working all hours, finds Kate Hilpern

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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