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City analysts have accused Orange and T-Mobile of “dithering” after they axed plans for a £10 billion flotation of EE.

Blacks confirms takeover bid from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

The embattled outdoor specialist Blacks Leisure yesterday confirmed the sportswear giant Sports Direct, led by Mike Ashley, and other parties had approached it about a potential takeover.

Occupy protesters block US ports

More than 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters have blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast's busiest ports, forcing terminals in Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon, and Washington state to halt operations.

More care homes in critical condition

Elderly care warning as MPs say Southern Cross collapse could be repeated by other companies

Tui denies taking 'cheap shot' at Thomas Cook

Tui Travel's chief executive, Peter Long, yesterday defended the use of a controversial advertisement that highlighted the problems of rival Thomas Cook.

New broom meets the C&WW shareholders

Gavin Darby, the new chief executive at the beleaguered telecoms company Cable & Wireless Worldwide, introduced himself to the firm’s investors last week.

Rail firms react to new regulations

Train companies - heavily criticised over the quality of passenger information during last winter's disruption - have expressed "disappointment" at the rail regulator's decision to tighteninformation regulations.

Vladislav Kovalyov, left, and Dmitry Konovalov, in the defendants’ cage during their trial in Minsk

Europe's last executioner condemns two more to a bullet in the back of the head

Their trial for a subway bombing in Belarus raised as many questions as answers. But, amid claims of false confessions and to cries of disgust, two friends have been sentenced to death

Thomas Cook unveils fightback plan

The troubled holiday firm Thomas Cook is trying to revive its dire trading with a price promotion that offers £170 off any summer holiday for UK consumers, following a rescue deal with its banks at the weekend.

The business on...Howard Shore, founder and executive chaiman, Shore Capital

All at sea?

Looks that way. Mr Shore was forced to issue a profits warning yesterday. The market is pretty tough for investment banks right now but it looks like his Shore Capital (at the smaller end of the scale) might report a full-year loss largely because of the need to write down the value of some of its external holdings.

Stephen Foley: AT&T's costly breakdown in communication

Outlook: When AT&T, the second-largest mobile operator in the US, announced a $39bn merger with the fourth-largest, T-Mobile USA, in May, AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson must have been the only person who thought this deal would make it past the competition authorities.

Fears for future of Thomas Cook as shares drop 75%

Thomas Cook remained defiant about its long-term future yesterday, despite its share price plummeting by 75 per cent after it warned of "deterioration" in its recent trading and its "cash and liquidity position".

Fears for Thomas Cook after shares sink 75 per cent

Travel giant delays results and looks to secure fresh funds as trading deteriorates

Judge to examine Goldman Sachs tax deal

A senior judge is to be brought in to investigate a series of highly controversial tax deals which cost the Exchequer millions of pounds in lost revenue.

1,000 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover brought some welcome good news to the economy today by announcing 1,000 new jobs as part of its drive to boost production over the next five years.

Chinese firms support censorship of the internet

The heads of China's largest technology firms have endorsed Beijing's plan to boost controls of online social media.

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