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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

Their awfully big adventures: Teenage globetrotters

What is driving children to take on ever-more risky expeditions across oceans and polar ice caps? As another teenager sets out on a record-breaking trip, Simon Usborne investigates

GE to build £99m UK wind turbine plant

Plan will create 1,900 jobs in Britain's fast-growing wind industry over 10 years

Follow the cash diet

Can't lose weight? What if the NHS paid you for every pound shed? Money can can work where willpower fails, discovers Jeremy Laurance

GE plans to open new research centre in the developing world

General Electric is to open another research centre in the developing world, following similar ventures in China and India.

Ahmed al-Jaber: Oil-rich Abu Dhabi pins its hopes on dreams of a green future

The Business Interview: A carbon-neutral city is just the start, the chief executive of the Masdar investment fund tells Sarah Arnott

US threat to Rolls-Royce's fighter engine

A string of engine design problems means Congress is questioning the whole funding of the JSF project

Universal appeal: Comcast's latest acquisition makes it a major media player

When Brian Roberts, the unflashy numbers guy who heads Comcast, made his audacious $5.8bn hostile takeover bid for the mighty Disney in 2004, he was sent away with the stock market equivalent of a flea in his ear. Disney's executives laughed off the offer from the upstart cable TV and internet provider, and Comcast's own shares were trashed. But that was hardly the end of Mr Roberts' ambitions. Far from it.

GE set to buy Vivendi's NBC Universal stake for $5.8bn

General Electric has agreed to buy the French media conglomerate Vivendi's 20 per cent stake in NBC Universal for $5.8bn (£3.5bn), paving the way for the US company to sell control of the TV and movie company to Comcast.

AOL shows worst not over for media job cuts

If AOL's announcement yesterday of another 2,500 job cuts is anything to go by, the painful layoffs that have ravaged the media industry over the past year are nowhere near over.

Stephen Foley: GE must pull the plug on financial fiasco

US Outlook: If there is a corporate metaphor for our intoxication with finance over the credit boom years, than General Electric is it. What started out as a small financial services division offering credit to homeowners who wanted to buy its appliances swelled and swelled until it was generating more than half the company's profits in 2007.

NBC set for stock-market float as Vivendi mulls sale of stake

NBC Universal, the US movies and television giant, could be floated in a scheme under consideration at its parent company, General Electric (GE). The company is drawing up contingency plans for an initial public offering next year, if French media company Vivendi decides to sell its 20 per cent stake.

The Crunch, one year on: How the money markets broke the back of Wall Street

In the first of a series to mark the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Stephen Foley reports on Bruce Bent, the money market fund manager who played a key role in the financial panic

Murdoch puts Dow Jones up for sale

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most famous stock market index in the world, has been put up for sale.

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