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Market Report: Indian headache forces Vodafone to miss party

While most of its fellow blue-chip stocks were enjoying a pre-Christmas bounce on very light volumes, Vodafone was missing the party. A ticking off from the Indian government meant the telecoms giant was in a sulk yesterday, only managing to edge up 0.5p to 173.55p.

New Revenue blunder: bogus penalty notices

HM Revenue & Customs has already begun sending out penalty notices telling people they have been fined £100, despite the fact that online tax returns are not due until 31 January.

New broom meets the C&WW shareholders

Gavin Darby, the new chief executive at the beleaguered telecoms company Cable & Wireless Worldwide, introduced himself to the firm’s investors last week.

There were protests at some Vodafone stores by campaigners claiming that the company had been let off a £6bn tax bill

Judge to examine tax deals that let firms off millions

A senior judge is to be brought in to investigate a series of controversial tax deals which cost the Exchequer millions of pounds in lost revenue.

Judge to examine Goldman Sachs tax deal

A senior judge is to be brought in to investigate a series of highly controversial tax deals which cost the Exchequer millions of pounds in lost revenue.

MPs hit out at Vodafone 'tax let-off'

HM Revenue & Customs officials were criticised yesterday for allowing Vodafone to pay just £1.25bn in a tax dispute with the Government, despite a potential tax bill of what could be as much as £8bn.

Vodafone arm targets 'network of networks'

Vodafone is set to muscle in on BT and IBM's turf after setting up a division to target the lucrative contracts on offer around the Government's new plan to set up a "network of networks".

Doubt as Verizon avoids pay promise

Verizon's failure to commit to recurring annual dividends at its joint venture with Vodafone was written off yesterday as "bluster".

Market Report: Return of bid talk helps Smith & Nephew

The revival of bid rumours, plus claims that investors are seriously undervaluing the artificial hips and knees manufacturer, helped Smith & Nephew (S&N) continue on its road to recovery yesterday.

The Business On... Lord MacLaurin, Non-executive director, Evolution

He's back at Evolution Securities? Isn't there a bid battle there?

Investment Column: Vodafone's boss has made the right call

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14-year-old boy is among hundreds of rioters facing charges

Magistrates began dealing with the first of hundreds of cases of alleged rioters yesterday, as police cells in London were declared full. The prospect of housing the extra prisoners outside the capital was raised by John Drew, head of the Youth Justice Board, who said he could offer 300 places in secure units.

Thanks for nothing, Vodafone: Egyptians vent anger on Twitter

When Vodafone executives unveiled their latest Egyptian ad campaign, it should have been a cause for celebration.

Phones4U billionaire considers setting up new venture capital fund

John Caudwell, the billionaire who made his fortune by growing and selling Phones4U and other firms, is considering setting up a new venture capital fund.

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