Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

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Business Diary: For directors in the fast lane

Director, the monthly magazine published by the Institute of Directors for its members, is always full of eye-catching articles and interesting opinions, whether or not you're a high-flying business executive yourself. Still, one cannot help feeling that the magazine is sticking two fingers up to the latest fevered debate about executive pay with the car review published in its December issue, out this week. It extols the virtues of the Lamborghini Aventador. The keys can be yours for a mere £201,900.

Thomas Cook unveils fightback after bank deal

The troubled holiday firm Thomas Cook has tried 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 £200m loan sent shares in the tour operator soaring by 3.3p, or 18 per cent, to 21.3p yesterday – more than double its closing price of 10.2p last Tuesday.

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.

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Thomas Cook plans publicity drive

Ailing Thomas Cook will this week launch a publicity drive in a bid to reassure customers that their holidays are "in safe hands".

Thomas Cook to shed 1,000 jobs

Thomas Cook, the troubled holiday firm, is poised to start the axing of at least 1,000 jobs and shake up its boardroom, following a rescue injection of £200m at the weekend.

James Moore: 'Business as usual' at Thomas Cook? I hardly think so

Business as usual, Thomas Cook's interim chief executive Sam Weihagen said yesterday as he went cap in hand to the company's banks in an attempt to get them to ease the holiday company's lending covenants. Again. Really, his words were laughable, but not very funny. Because make no mistake, these are dangerous times for his business.

Simon Calder: The company remains a robust and going concern

Suppose, at the start of the year, you had 100 shares in Thomas Cook. At £2 each, you could have made enough for a package holiday to the Med. While there are still plenty of £199 deals, selling the shares at yesterday's price would not even buy a one-way ticket on the Gatwick Express.

James Moore: No fly-by-night firm but Thomas Cook can't afford to trip up in appeal to lenders

Outlook Business as usual, Thomas Cook's interim chief executive Sam Weihagen said yesterday as he went cap in hand to the company's banks in an attempt to get them to ease the holiday company's lending covenants. Again. Really, his words were laughable, but not very funny. Because make no mistake these are dangerous times for his business.

The dismal year prompted the holiday group, which at the end of last year had 31,000 staff, to axe its dividend

Shares in Thomas Cook plunge

Shares in holidays giant Thomas Cook plunged today after it admitted dire trading had forced it back to its banks for more financial help.

Thomas Cook closes 125 more shops

Thomas Cook is planning to close about 200 of its high-street travel agencies in a move which threatens more than 1,000 jobs.

Kiss Me Chudleigh: The World According to Auberon Waugh, By William Cook

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Thomas Cook crew eye strike

Cabin crew at Thomas Cook could vote for industrial action, following the tour group's decision last month to reduce its fleet from 41 to 35 aircraft.

Skopelos: Subtle charms of a wild isle

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