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Jean-Marie Messier, the French tycoon and self-styled business "visionary", was convicted of embezzlement and duping investors by a French court yesterday and given a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Patrice Evra labels Arsenal a 'training centre'

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has mocked Arsenal for their lack of recent success and branded them nothing more than a "training centre".

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This stage-schooled quintet have already justified their existence by inspiring the immortal headline "the Wanted attacked by window-licker".

Universal suffers slide in sales

Major sales for the likes of pop diva Lady Gaga, left, and Florence & the Machine failed to prevent falling half-year revenues at record label Universal Music, figures showed yesterday.

Chamber Prom 2: Piemontesi/Navarra Quartet, Cadogan Hall

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Abba tribute bands told they must change their names

You might call it a case of "Thank you for the music – but now please change your name". Abba tribute acts, who have kept the memory of Sweden's most famous export alive since the band played their last concert more than 25 years ago, have been told by band's record company they can no longer use the group's name.

Vivendi's former 'master of the universe' goes on trial for fraud

Jean-Marie Messier, the tycoon who propelled Vivendi Universal to meteoric boom and bust in 2002, expressed limited remorse yesterday on the first day of his trial for embezzlement and misleading investors.

Stephen Foley: Why Comcast deal could be a horror show

When Brian Roberts unveiled Comcast's $30bn deal to take control of NBC Universal this week, he declared his cable TV and internet firm had become a leader in the "anytime, anywhere" media that American consumers are demanding.

McIlroy and McDowell live up to billing

Ulstermen shine in Vivendi opener to offer promise of future Ryder Cup partnership

NBC set for stock-market float as Vivendi mulls sale of stake

NBC Universal, the US movies and television giant, could be floated in a scheme under consideration at its parent company, General Electric (GE). The company is drawing up contingency plans for an initial public offering next year, if French media company Vivendi decides to sell its 20 per cent stake.

Malone attacks Diller in court

The media mogul John Malone made a courtroom attack yesterday on his business partner Barry Diller, saying Mr Diller's use of corporate aircraft and his super-size pay packages "pushed the boundaries" of acceptable executive behaviour.

Sam Dunn: Working for longer will be fairer in the end

Critics of the reforms ignore the cost of our increased life expectancy

Bronfman plans Warner Music IPO

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