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.

PayPoint shares climb on market debut

The bill payments company PayPoint, which collects a third of the congestion charge payments in London, floated 23 per cent of its shares yesterday, valuing it at £130m.

Imperial blames Irish cigarette sales slump on tax rise, not smoking ban

Cigarette sales in Ireland have fallen by 9.5 per cent since the imposition of a ban on smoking in public places, according to Imperial Tobacco.

Merrill bankers at centre of first Enron criminal trial

The first criminal trial stemming from the 2001 collapse of Enron began yesterday with the swearing in of a jury.

The Week Ahead: Tesco smells more success as Imperial sniffs smoke-free air

It is a busy time for corporate announcements this week, with a range of companies and sectors updating the market. Only one giant, however, will be dominating the headlines.

Two MFI directors ousted after computer bungle

Two board directors at MFI paid for last week's disastrous profit warning with their jobs yesterday, agreeing to leave the company "by mutual consent".

Business Essentials: 'Furnace contracts have put our plans in the melting pot'

New orders are pouring in at Omega Foundry Machinery, but should it risk cranking up its resources? asks Kate Hilpern

Regent Inns ousts top two directors

Regent Inns, the struggling pubs group that has issued three profits warnings this year, yesterday sacked its chief executive and finance director, four days before its full-year results are due.

Hewitt under fire over proposals to limit director liabilities

The Confederation of British Industry yesterday attacked a Government attempt to limit directors' liability to corporate lawsuits as not doing enough to encourage talented people to join company boards.

Sales leap puts iTouch back in black

Itouch, the mobile phone content company, yesterday announced half-year results showing a positive outcome on cash flow, earnings per share and profit before tax for the first time since its flotation four years ago.

Kevin Beeston: Caught on camera - but Serco's chief isn't about to take his foot off the accelerator

It's time for the City's favourite support services group to hit the road. Clayton Hirst clocks its plans to keep the contracts coming

Cherrys bid to take Countryside private

Alan Cherry, the 71-year-old chairman and founder of Countryside Properties, has made an approach to take the developer private.

Former Kroll directors set up shop as corporate sleuths for an uncertain world

Three former directors of Kroll, the corporate investigator that Marks & Spencer tried to hire during its recent fight for independence, have jumped ship to set up their own agency and take advantage of the growing demand for corporate sleuths.

Enron's Skilling told to report for charity work as part of bail terms

Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, has been ordered to work for a charity which builds homes for poor families as he awaits trial on 35 counts of fraud, insider trading and other crimes relating to the collapse of the energy giant.

Webber halts Pilgrims' rise

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