News The seven private investigators pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court

Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

The Business Matrix: Saturday 22 December 2012

ArcelorMittal cuts European value

US supermarket chain Walmart could face fines of billions of dollars if the allegations are true

US retail giant Wal-Mart 'bribed Mexicans to open shops'

Wal-Mart, the US retail giant, could face fines of billions of dollars, as allegations emerged its Mexican affiliate paid officials to speed up store openings.

According to a Which? survey on household appliances, German company Miele was rated the best in seven of nine categories

German company Miele dominates Which? survey on Britain's best home appliances

Who makes the best vacuum cleaners, fridge-freezers, ovens and washing machines? A single German company – Miele, according to Britain’s biggest consumer group.

Market Report: Smiths is tipped to join assets sale track

Siemens' shock swoop on Invensys' rail signalling business last month has got the City chatting about what other clever deals could be worked up in the new year.

The Business Matrix: Monday 12 November 2012

John Lewis enjoys Christmas boost

What the Sunday Papers Said

The Independent on Sunday: Rising costs put Thameslink trains deal at risk

Rising costs put trains deal for Thameslink route at risk

Severe delays mean lenders in Siemens talks are likely to demand millions more to back the £1.4bn project

Nokia losses grow as sales plunge again

Nokia has reported its third quarter net loss widened further to €969 million (£787 million) with a 19% plunge in revenue, as it struggles against the dominance of Samsung and the iPhone in the tough smartphone market.

Green energy to power third of Welsh homes

Almost a third of the homes in Wales will be powered by green energy, a company behind a major new wind farm project pledged yesterday.

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UK investment in clean energy more than doubled in the second quarter to a three-year high of $3.6bn (£2.3bn) helped by a giant windfarm five miles off the east coast from Skegness.

UK powers ahead with clean energy investment

UK investment in clean energy more than doubled in the second quarter to a three-year high of $3.6bn (£2.3bn) helped by a giant wind farm five miles off the east coast of Skegness.

Market Report: Invensys on the up as bid rumours refuse to die

It is the takeover tale that refuses to go away. Rumours that Invensys could be in line for an approach have seemingly been around for ever, but that did not stand in the way of the City's enthusiasm for the story yesterday as the engineer jumped as much as 10 per cent amid continuing bid speculation.

Siemens buys cables firm Expro for £397m

A manufacturer specialising in underwater cables for the oil and gas industry was snapped up today by German engineering giant Siemens for $630 million (£397.2 million).

Britain must accept Bombardier's contract miss, says German rival

Siemens has broken its silence over the £1.4bn Thameslink trains contract, which the German giant won last year to much criticism that British jobs would be put at risk.

Russians seek UK support for £2.5bn Silicon Valley II

Leaders of a project to create a Silicon Valley near Moscow have rejected fears it is difficult to do business while Vladimir Putin runs Russia.

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