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Fewer disasters put insurer Amlin back in the black

Lloyd's of London insurer Amlin bounced back into profit thanks to fewer catastrophes this year than last and also revealed it paid tax at a rate of barely more than 8 per cent.

Shell faces 12 month setback in $4.5bn Arctic drilling campaign

The oil company has converted a 300-foot vessel to comply with heightened safety standards

We are paid too much, admit business leaders

Business leaders believe they are overpaid and shareholders should have a greater say in setting executive-pay levels, a new report has found.

Lonmin poised for $1bn fundraising as covenant test looms

Crisis-hit platinum miner Lonmin is gearing up for a $1bn rights issue to repair its ailing balance sheet just days after violence pushed the death toll at its Marikana mine in South Africa to 44.

We are paid too much, business chiefs admit

Business leaders believe they are overpaid and shareholders should have a greater say in setting executive pay levels, a new report has found.

What recession? Top bosses' pay rockets

Executive pay rises by 8.5% to average of £3m – as everyone else's goes down

Hamish McRae: Painful, yes. But we are slowly recovering

What happens next? There is always a sense of unease in August, a feeling that there are autumn storms just around the corner, but this year all has been pushed aside by the triumph of the Olympics. So will those concerns now return with a bang? Or do we just resume the long trudge of correcting the errors of the boom years and wishing we had less of a headwind as we did so?

Jim O’Neill: the world economy is a bit more balanced now

Hamish McRae: At last we're correcting the errors of the boom years

The big question now is whether there has been permanent damage

Rio puts a brave face on poor numbers

Rio Tinto tried to look on the bright side yesterday when it said that China's economy will soon zoom ahead again.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 8 August 2012

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Xstrata profits slump as commodity prices decline

Xstrata, the mining giant that is pursuing a £57bn mega-merger with Glencore, yesterday reported a 42 per cent tumble in first-half profits as commodity prices fell sharply.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 7 August 2012

Bluewater set to get even bigger

The Business Matrix: Saturday 4 August 2012

Cash lifeline for stricken broker

BHP chief forgos bonus after gas losses

Marius Kloppers, the chief executive of BHP, became the latest FTSE 100 mining boss to forgo his bonus yesterday after being forced to write $2.84bn (£1.8bn) off the value of a US shale gas business he bought at the top of the market.

FTSE 100 closes at three month high as world markets surge on US jobs figures

The FTSE 100 Index closed 125 points higher at a three month high of 5787.3, meaning £31.7 billion was added to its value in today's rally.

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