Finance

Apple disappoints Playboy fans

Playboy magazine enthusiasts who have excitedly signed up for its new premium-priced iPad app have been bitterly disappointed by the absence of certain fundamental content traditional to the magazine. The online tech and media forums have been full of complaints ...

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We all knew the UK Premier League was a crooks and chancers charter – but now the Chinese government wants to buy Liverpool!

It’s one thing Abu Dhabi buying Manchester City (it’s only an allotment with a generous supply of oil wells) but the Chinese Development Corporation (possibly the biggest pile of free cash the world has ever seen) wanting to buy Liverpool ...

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UK economy booms in second quarter – is it too good to last?

Almost certainly it is as growth of 1.1 per cent between April and June, the highest since 1999, would indicate an annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent, way ahead of even the most optimistic forecasts and one which would ...

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Omnicom inches ahead and lays down a global challenge to WPP

Giant marketing communications group Omnicom saw its profits inch ahead by 4.2 per cent to $243m in the second quarter of 2010 on revenue of just over $3bn, $1.6bn of which came from the US. Boss John Wren said this ...

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Durex to get the Cillit Bang treatment, iPhone drives record Apple sales

It’s a busy morning in the markets with Cillit Bang and Finish owner Reckitt-Benckiser agreeing to buy Durex maker SSL for £2.54bn and Apple computer announcing another set of barely credible results, with profits up by nearly 80 per cent. ...

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Is the BP brand really in such poor shape?

One hesitates to take issue with Mark Ritson, the esteemed marketing consultant and columnist on Marketing Week but he does seem a little confused in his latest fulminations about BP. According to Ritson the recent RBS “buy” notice on BP ...

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Is Sir Terry right about BBC stars?

It’s all happening at the BBC these days. 6 Music is to be saved, DG Mark Thompson is finally taking his scalpel to salaries and pensions and even Sir Terry Wogan, safely out of the firing line himself, admits that ...

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WPP inches ahead as UK and US perk up

It’s not often you hear a good report of the UK from WPP but the marcomms giant has just reported organic growth of four per cent in the UK in April and May, ahead of rates in continental Europe but ...

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