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Compass Group; BG Group

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It was a monumental week for the big miners as Rio Tinto sold assets, it admitted that it may have to turn to shareholders for extra capital, and talks emerged over a multi-billion investment by Chinalco, while Xstrata said it was to raise £4.1bn in a heavily discounted issue. This was against a background of weaker commodity prices which saw the sector drag down the FTSE 100 at the end of the week.

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Animal rights four guilty of terror spree

Activists used blackmail and smears against directors linked to test centre

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Plumbing and building supplies firm Wolseley today announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs and close more than 200 branches in the UK and Ireland.

Margareta Pagano: We could come out of this crisis in much better shape

Is all this gloomy talk making things much worse? This may seem a little odd to ask after a week in which more than 20,000 people lost their jobs. On Friday another 3,000 jobs went at Royal Bank of Scotland while Citibank said it was slashing 10,000 jobs , many of them at Canary Wharf. Two more banks, Clydesdale and Yorkshire, are planning to cut 350 jobs and many more thousands will go from financial services.

GlaxoSmithKline eyes further acquisitions

GlaxoSmithKline, the UK’s biggest drugs group, is set to embark on a programme of acquisitions as increased competition from generic rivals, and falling sales of its established treatments, has put pressure on the group’s traditional markets.

GSK to cut 850 more research jobs

The UK's biggest drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, said yesterday that it is axing as many as 850 jobs in its British and US research and development units. The cuts, intended to improve productivity, are in addition to the 350 loses announced in June.

GSK chief quits after missing out on top job

GlaxoSmithKline's top North American director, who missed out on becoming the drug giant's chief executive this year, has given up as much as £2.5m in retention payments after resigning yesterday.

Glaxo set for big push into emerging markets

GlaxoSmithKline's new chief executive signalled his intent to launch an expansion drive into the emerging markets yesterday as he revealed his strategic objectives for the first time and announced a "transformational" partnership with a South African drugs company.

The Week Ahead: Debt worries leave Yell with little to shout about

The market will be keen to hear from Yell, the directories group which is due to publish first-quarter results on Thursday.

GSK in £1.2bn deal for sleeping pill rights

The UK's biggest pharmaceutical group, GlaxoSmithKline, is to pay up to £1.2bn for the rights to develop and sell almorexant, an anti-insomnia treatment in its final stage of testing.

Sir Austin Bide

It was good to see Nicholas Faith crediting Austin Bide [obituary, 24 May] with the principal responsibility for the transformation of Glaxo from the 1970s, an achievement which, as a result of Austin's reluctance to seek personal publicity, has tended to be attributed to others, writes Dr D.W. Budworth.

HSBC faces rebellion over £120m executive bonus plan

HSBC is set to be the next big British company to feel the wrath of its shareholders over directors' pay, when plans to make as much as £120m in bonuses available to its executive team will be presented at the bank's annual general meeting on Friday.

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