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.

The Investment Column: Enterprise Inns still worth holding

Home in on soaraway Topps Tiles - Patientline's healthy outlook is attractive

Jaffa's in a jiffy: how a brand was reinvented

WMH leads the way in radical creativity in a conservative world of branding, says Jane Bainbridge

ITouch upbeat on prospects

ITouch announced third-quarter results yesterday which placed the mobile phone content company on track to meet market expectations for underlying earnings of £8.3m for the full year.

Five executives convicted of fraud in Enron-Merrill trial

A US jury convicted four former executives from the Wall Street bank Merrill Lynch and a former Enron finance executive of conspiracy and fraud yesterday for helping push through a sham deal to pad the energy company's earnings.

Myners: Pre-emption rights at heart of corporate governance

Paul Myners, who is conducting a Government-sponsored inquiry into pre-emption rights in company fund raisings, said yesterday that shareholders' right to prevent a company issuing new shares to outsiders goes to "the heart of corporate governance".

Leighton quits three posts as 'big opportunity' beckons

Allan Leighton, the chairman of Royal Mail, stepped down from three of his seven major company directorships yesterday, clearing the decks for a new "big opportunity", believed by some to be a shot at the top job at the beleaguered supermarket group Sainsbury.

The week ahead: Get ready for the big hitters: FTSE fields a team of all-stars

It's all about quality rather than quantity this week. There may not be a raft of announcements due, but with some of the market's biggest companies reporting, it will be a busy week.

Numis chiefs 'in dispute' over sale plans

The Stockbroker Numis is embroiled in an internal dispute over the company's future, according to industry sources.

The Investment Column: Reckitt Benckiser is a core holding

Hold on to Bellway despite housing jitters - High street competition weighs on N Brown

Glazer raises stake in United to close on buy-out trigger point

Malcolm Glazer edged closer to triggering a mandatory bid for Manchester United last night by increasing his stake in the club to 27.63 per cent. When any shareholder's stock level rises above 29.99 per cent of a company they are obliged under Stock Market regulations to make an offer for the whole company.

Dedication - and a business plan - is what you need

Russell Smith profiles a small business with a big challenge

Pearson quits as chief of SMG radio, leaving Virgin Radio rudderless

The man behind Virgin Radio announced he was quitting the company yesterday to seek a "more flexible work-life balance", leaving the station's owner, SMG, searching for a replacement.

Feud hits Shepherd Neame profits

Shepherd Neame, the 300-year-old brewer quoted on Ofex, saw more than £800,000 wiped off its profits last year thanks to a family feud between its former vice-chairman, Stuart Neame, and his first cousin once removed, the company's chief executive, Jonathan Neame.

Rail crash firm lambasted by ABI as chief executive quits

Kevin Hyde quit as the chief executive of Jarvis yesterday after overseeing a disastrous 16 months at the company during which it made a £244m loss, breached its banking covenants and saw its share price collapse.

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