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Outlook First Standard Chartered, then Experian, and now Sainsbury’s. It’s shaping up to be a year of boardroom upheaval, and it’s still only January. Who next? Well, a little bird tells me Schroders’ veteran chief executive Michael Dobson has sounded out confidants in the City about the idea of him becoming chairman of this granddaddy of fund managers, succeeding 69-year-old Andrew Beeson.

Financial firms have 'not learned' says FSA chief

Financial services firms have learned nothing about treating customers fairly in the last eight years, according to the man who regulates the industry – Hector Sants, chief executive of the City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority.

Betfair and Ocado unveil figures

Investors will be taking a close look at results statements from two of 2010's biggest Stock Exchange listings, Betfair and Ocado.

Zimbabwean general calls PM a security threat

A powerful general has called Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai a "security threat" and accused him of taking instructions from Westerners who are seeking "illegal regime change".

Market Report: Speculation leads to one big step for Man Group

The rumour mill turned its attention back towards Man Group last night, as reheated speculation that the world's biggest listed hedge fund manager could be a target helped it to surge up the blue-chip index's leaderboard.

Alisher Usmanov increases Arsenal stake

Alisher Usmanov has increased his shareholding in Arsenal beyond the 29 per cent mark.

Land Securities to build on London office shortage

Land Securities signalled its intention to build more prime London offices yesterday to exploit the prospect of an "even more acute"-than-expected gap between supply and demand.

Rock parcels up loans again

Northern Rock is going back into the securitisation market for up to £370m of funding three years after its reliance on packaging mortgages as bonds drove it into state ownership.

Mulberry's profit forecast up 16%

The luxury group Mulberry has raised profit forecasts for the third time in four months as the well heeled, both in the UK and overseas, snapped up its leather goods.

John Lewis in bond issue

The John Lewis Partnership will launch its first ever retail bond this morning to raise £50m. The five-year bond will have a fixed annual return rate of 4.5 per cent, plus another 2 per cent paid in gift vouchers.

Virgin Media celebrates its first £1bn quarter

Virgin Media's chief executive Neil Berkett hailed a "year of great achievement" as it recorded its highest ever annual revenues and bust through the £1bn mark in one quarter for the first time.

The Sketch: A ruler who turned his country into a security state

If President Hosni Mubarak finally does go it would represent the beginning of the end for the authoritarian era in the Arab world. If he is eventually ousted it will be as important, if not more so, than the Egyptian Revolution and the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952. And it will preface one of the most critical periods of modern Egypt and the Arab world; one full of risks and possibilities. But that time was not last night.

Investment Column: Land Securities needs recovery to motor

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Jonathan Burrows & Chrysa Parkinson, The Place, London

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows can spin small worlds out of very little – in his duets with composer Matteo Fargion, he's made intricate and appealing dances out of a few gestures and patter syllables. For this new show, presented as part of Dance Umbrella, he works on similar lines with performer Chrysa Parkinson. Their new work Dogheart rambles more than those earlier duets, with some of the charm but much less focus.

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