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Thorntons warns on melting profits

Thorntons warns on melting profits

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Robert Ayling, the dapper British Airways chief executive, inadvertently reveals that he is superbly qualified for his role as chairman of Race for Opportunity, the Business in the Community initiative that aims to harness the potential of the UK's ethnic minority population.

New chocolate chief awaited

Thorntons, the chocolate maker and retailer, said it was ready to appoint a new chief executive after reporting a pounds 1.6m fall in profits to pounds 10.5m for last year. The unnamed candidate will come aboard in January. David Mitchell, the previous UK managing director, has already left. After a disappointing Christmas, the company blamed the hot weather for a reduction in demand for chocolates over the summer.

THE INVESTMENT COLUMN : More selective appetite at St Ives keeps City satisfied

A 1980s spending spree left St Ives with a nasty bout of indigestion in the early 1990s. But the printer's relative abstinence since then has helped acquisitions to bed down well to create a low-cost, quick-turnaround printing operation with substantial shares of the markets in which it operates.

In my home town, even peace is uneasy

It's almost a year since the ceasefire, so why should a stroll down the Falls Road make a man sweat?

MARKET REPORT

Thorn gets lead role in Disney takeover talk

Market Report: Shadow-boxing on programme

Goldman Sachs, the big US securities house, had market-makers shadow-boxing as the stock market attempted to judge the success of its £800m programme trade.

Such a ghostly time of year: Hallowe'en is big in the US; now we are catching on, says Ann Crookenden

Why are we so scared of Hallowe'en? In America at this time of year there are pumpkins on every porch - real or electric - jack o' lantern leaf bags in every garden and ghostly bits of sheet fluttering in the shrubs.

Rolling out a new way of share trading: Vivien Goldsmith explains the effect of the 10-day settlement rule

SHARE dealing moves a step closer to paperless trading next week when the separate trading periods are scrapped in favour of rolling settlement.

Profile: Printer determined to make a mark: John Holloran: The boss of BPC stood up to Maxwell, survived the recession and is heading for the stock market. He talks to William Kay

THE COLOURFUL daubings on the wall of John Holloran's modest office round the corner from Lord's Cricket Ground tell the story - the rotund chief executive of British Printing Company is into a second marriage and a new family.

Thorntons restructure pays off

THORNTONS, the chocolate manufacturer and retailer, is reaping the benefits of restructuring in Britain and France with a 31 per cent rise in interim pre-tax profits to pounds 10.1m.

Style: Hotfoot for the big time: Who's setting the pace in footwear? Tamsin Blanchard puts on her toothfish loafers and goes in search of young design talent

Cordwainers, the college of shoe making in east London, has been setting a smart pace in design for a decade. The class of '84 - including such leading lights as Patick Cox, Emma Hope, Christine Ahrens and Elizabeth Stuart Smith - is well established, but several more bright young designers have emerged since then, to change the shape of our footwear.

Market Report: Supermarket war takes bite out of food shares

FOOD SHARES, once paraded as a sound defensive investment, are looking increasingly under-nourished as the stock market frets about the fall-out from the supermarket price war.
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