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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.

Thomas Cook's UK chief checks out

The head of Thomas Cook's UKdivision has departed after 11 years at the troubled tour operator, just a week after its group chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa quit.

Investment Column: Vodafone's boss has made the right call

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Tui warns of more pain to come for travel industry

The chief executive of Tui Travel, owner of Thomson holidays, has warned that more smalltravel firms are likely to collapse into administration, as the tour operator unveiled a jump in third-quarter profits.

Orange offers free films in Apple tie-up

Orange, the mobile phone operator which has offered deals on cinema tickets for the past eight years, has secured a partnership with Apple to offer customers the chance to rent movies online for free.

Verizon hit as 45,000 staff go out on strike

More than 45,000 workers at US telecoms giant Verizon have gone out on strike after the unions walked away from contract negotiations.

Inmarsat down by a fifth as maritime slows

Shares in Inmarsat dived yesterday despite soaring profits in the first half of the year, as it warned that the slowdown in its maritime business would drag on for longer than it had initially expected.

David Prosser: When the sun finally stopped shining

Outlook During the recession, holiday companies told us Britons were so wedded to their vacations they would give up almost every other item of disposable spending before cancelling their summer breaks. For a time, that optimism proved to be well-founded – for even when retailers such as Woolworths were going under at the hands of plummeting consumer spending, travel companies continued to report decent trading.

50,000 lose holidays after collapse of travel company

A collapse so early indicates how tough the Mediterranean travel trade is finding summer

Drax calls for biomass subsidies

Britain's biggest coal-fired power plant – and thus one of the country's environmental headaches – could be transformed into a crucial renewable energy resource, its operator said yesterday, but only if government subsidies for such plants are increased.

Vodafone's US venture to pay £2bn dividend

Vodafone shareholders are set to receive a £2bn windfall next year, after its joint venture in the US resurrected its dividend following years of squabbling between the two partners.

Virgin lifts revenues despite loss of customers

Virgin Media shrugged off the exodus of thousands of customers to post a slight rise in revenues as ongoing subscribers paid for more or improved services.

Rhodri Marsden: Soothing, reassuring, accurate. No wonder we keep dialling 123

On his 1970 album 'Til the Band Comes In, Scott Walker sings of his unreciprocated love for the woman behind the Speaking Clock. He suggests their shared insomnia might form a basis for an ongoing relationship, and invites her – should she be listening – over to his place.

Vodafone shrugs off eurostorms

The mobile phone giant Vodafone said it remained on track yesterday despite the economic storm buffeting its southern Europe markets.

Review may bring tax base back onshore

The government is to review the way it taxes companies that offer online gambling to UK consumers from abroad, a move that is likely to raise their tax bills.

Tom Alexander quits mobile phone giant

Tom Alexander, the head of the largest mobile phone group in the UK, shocked the market yesterday as he resigned without warning to spend more time with his family.

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