Finance

The world this week: Libs shake up UK, Microsoft and co post strong earnings, Obama slams ‘batallions’ of lobbyists

**This must be terribly boring for readers outside the UK but there just might be a sea change going in British elections. Thanks to the televised debates between the three main UK political party leaders the old consensus of a ...

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New UK output figures a big boost for Brown and Labour

On the face of it a 0.2 per cent increase in the UK’s gross domestic product (more or less everything in the economy) for January to March might not look very exciting but it’s actually very good news for PM ...

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Maurice Levy to hand over reins at Publicis

Maurice Levy, the boss of French ad giant Publicis Groupe for over 20 years, has said he is going to step down next year. Barring a pretty unforeseeable disaster Levy will leave the business in good shape as not just ...

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Like button takes Facebook closer to world domination

Facebook is introducing a ‘Like’ button to third party websites which means that users can add topics, products and content they like to their Facebook profiles. With over 400m users the company is certain to be sitting on a priceless ...

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Man U valued at £1.19bn – so the Red Knights are about right

Forbes magazine has produced its latest valuation of the world’s top football clubs and, once again, Manchester United comes top with a valuation of £1.19bn. Mind you, Newcastle United, recently promoted from the Championship, also makes the top ten which ...

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How does Tesco do it?

Keep on increasing its sales and profits in the teeth of a savage recession that is. Well Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy likes to present himself as a simple lad from Liverpool and his strategy is certainly straightforward: Tesco does ...

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UK adspend starts to rise – Havas is up too

The IPA’s latest Bellwether report of UK advertisers says that 21 per cent spent a bit more in the first quarter of 2010 compared to just over 16 per cent who didn’t, leading to a modest rise of about 4.5 ...

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And we all thought car advertisers had gone respectable..

There’s a school of thought that reckons companies that were recently in the mire will revert to their bad old ways as soon as the financial crisis-induced recession recedes in the memory. And bankers, to take one rather prominent group, ...

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