News The eye of the storm: Speakes in the White House in 1982

An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.

Investment: Mitie makes more millionaires

THE MITIE GROUP, the building and support services provider, yesterday added another chapter to its success story by posting a 30 per cent-plus profits increase for the 10th year running.

One chance to get it right

The biggest show in town last week starred 30,000 stressed-out City workers, and computer systems they all dreaded crashing

Analysis: Aggregate adds to US stake with $53m buy

Acquisition follows collapse of talks with Tarmac

Fund managers take refuge in safe havens

THE UK'S top fund managers have turned increasingly bearish on the economic outlook and are seeking refuge in defensive stocks, reveals a survey published by Merrill Lynch yesterday.

Compass serves up 16% profit surge

COMPASS, the contract catering group, continued its impressive run yesterday with a 16 per cent increase in full-year profits to pounds 159m and bullish predictions that it is well placed to withstand a downturn.

Shell told to axe 20,000

UP TO 20,000 jobs should be slashed at Shell across Europe if the oil company is to catch up with its closest peers, Exxon and British Petroleum, analysts will tell the company at an investors meeting next week.

BIS appointment

THE BANK for International Settlements (BIS) yesterday announced it had appointed John Heimann as the first chairman of the new financial stability institute. The institute is a joint initiative by the BIS and the Basle Committe on Banking Supervision which is seen responding to needs for strengthening financial systems worldwide.

Football: Ford on drive to deflate Preston

FA Cup first round: Rymans League amateurs prepare to reap rewards of playing at Deepdale

GUS to sell finance arm for pounds 1.2bn

GREAT UNIVERSAL STORES, the mail order giant, has put its finance arm up for sale in a move which isexpected to raise in excess of pounds 1.2bn for the company.

BT. Alex Brown braced for cuts

LONDON STAFF at BT. Alex Brown, the investment bank, have braced themselves for swingeing job cuts next week after its parent, Bankers Trust, said it was seeking to reduce expenses by 8 per cent after declaring third-quarter losses of $488m earlier this week.

Merrill Lynch head steps aside

Merrill Lynch head steps aside

Cost cuts push Merrill into loss of pounds 122m

MERRILL LYNCH, the world's largest investment bank, yesterday reported pre-tax losses of $206m (pounds 122m) in the third quarter after taking a $430m charge to cover a cost-cutting programme which will cost 3,400 jobs worldwide.

Merrill Lynch cuts herald City cull

DESPITE THE seismic changes convulsing their company, it seemed like a normal day for the smokers at City giant Merrill Lynch yesterday.

Funds fear further market falls

EUROPEAN FUND managers fear further market falls and believe interest rates should be cut to help ease the global crisis, according to a survey by Merrill Lynch/Gallup of Continental European fund managers.

Investment: Lacklustre view for Thistle

THISTLE HOTELS yesterday announced the first tranche of a pounds 185m return of capital to shareholders. But it was greeted with indifference - the share price rose just 1p, from 123.5p to 124.5p. Should shareholders be more enthusiastic?
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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