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Defence company BAE hasn't always enjoyed the best image – sometimes fairly, other times less so. It's therefore always keen on opportunities to promote its brand.

Katie Price 'asked to edit Today programme'

Glamour model Katie Price has been asked to guest edit Radio 4's flagship Today programme, according to reports.

Bosses fear 'oil crunch' within a decade

Delays to deep water oil production in the wake of the devastating Gulf of Mexico spill could reduce global capacity by one million barrels of oil per day, inflating fuel prices and hitting the economy, British company bosses will warn today.

Harriet Walker: Imagine: our chance to get it right next time

Stories about potentially habitable planets reduce grown men to excitable boys wearing colanders on their heads and pretending the sofa is a spaceship. It's just the sort of pioneer spirit you don't get very often these days, now that we know so much about our own planet (except how to stop it self-destructing under the weight of our existence).

Porter denies public school poison bid

A man today denied trying to poison pupils at a top public school, a court official said.

Virgin upbeat despite operating loss

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic announced today that it made a big operating loss last year but that revenues and passenger numbers rose in the first part of this year.

Branson draws up plans for future of Virgin Active

Sir Richard Branson could be in line for a multi-million pound payday this year, as he plans a potential corporate overhaul of Virgin Active.

BA and Unite renew hostilities as cabin crew reject pay offer

Unite has lost the "moral authority" to represent the views of its members, British Airways claimed yesterday, after cabin crew rejected what the airline had described as its final offer of a new pay deal.

Business Diary: The IEA really proves its worth

Some truly stunning insights from the International Energy Agency yesterday. Fatih Birol, its chief economist, reckons that if we see further deterioration in the global economy the oil price could fall below $70 a barrel (about where it sits now). And if the economy recovers? "If we come back to a situation where the global economic recovery continues, oil prices will rise." It's bold predictions like this that makes the analysis provided by organisations like the IEA absolutely essential to the smooth functioning of the world economy.

Absolute and Absolut settle

Absolute Radio has settled its branding dispute with Swedish vodka Absolut after an 18-month legal battle over allegations that the national music station was infringing the drink's trademark.

Business Diary: 24/04/2010

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Heather Mills insisted today she treated her former nanny "like a daughter".

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Carola Long: Don't keep up with the Joneses. Beat them

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