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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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