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Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work

British Land upbeat despite fall in profits

British Land was upbeat yesterday after its losses were not as bad as feared, although it refused to comment on recent deal speculation.

Aviva's £250m fund to buy in depressed property market

Aviva Investors, the asset management business, is set to launch a £250m fund to take advantage of the downturn in the commercial property market.

Market Report: Kazakhmys in spotlight as Footsie falls

The FTSE 100 fell back amid a bout of profit-taking last night but Kazakhmys closed broadly unchanged after an influential broker said the mining group offered the best leverage to stronger economic growth.

Celebrity diners say no to Nobu

Restaurant's refusal to take endangered fish off menu condemned

Jeremy Warner: Steel giants struggle under a mountain of deal-induced debt

Outlook Sales down by a half, another $1bn-plus quarterly loss and a distress $3bn issue of new equity and convertibles to match. Anyone would think this another everyday tale of banking folk. In fact, it is the latest update from the steel giant ArcelorMittal. Unless it be banking, few industries are quite as cyclical as steel.

ArcelorMittal to raise $3bn as it swings to loss

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel maker, has revealed plans to raise $3bn (£2bn) as it looks to bolster its balance sheet and slash debts.

Bonfire of the billionaires

The global rich list just got shorter. Billionaires are an endangered species after the crunch cost them $2trillion, Stephen Foley reports

Abramovich suffers rich-list relegation

Chelsea owner down £3.8bn, says survey, while Robbie Fowler 'spent' £2m

ArcelorMittal's profits melt as commodities prices fall

The world's biggest steel maker, ArcelorMittal, shocked the market yesterday when it doubled production cuts and said earnings will drop. The increasingly bleak outlook for manufacturing across the globe as the world's economy veers into recession has taken its toll on demand from Mittal's clients including builders and car makers.

QPR on lookout following Dowie exit

QPR are looking for their fifth manager in 12 months after Iain Dowie's brief reign came to a surprise end today.

Dowie sacked by QPR

QPR have sacked manager Iain Dowie just 12 games into the Coca-Cola Championship season.

Davies wants to exploit Pompey's travel fatigue

Simon Davies hopes Fulham can make the most of Portsmouth's European jet-setting this week to kick-start their Premier League campaign with a result at Fratton Park.

Bring on the pain of a recession and purge our coarsened souls

An economic downturn is painful – but inevitable and desirable, says Tim Lott. For, amid the suffering there will be more creativity and a corrective to our runaway acquisitiveness

Dowie bounces back as QPR go up in the world

When he introduced the word "bouncebackability" to the English language, Iain Dowie can scarcely have imagined how it would come to define his own managerial career. He coined it when he was the manager of Crystal Palace – specifically as a testament to his side's response in a match against Arsenal – and it was apposite that it should be originated by a man who displays such an admirable contempt for adversity. Which is why, despite his travails on the way, he will start the new Championship season as the managerof QPR, who are the bookmakers' favourites to rejoin the elite after an absence of 12 years.

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