Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Goldman Sachs found itself being quizzed on controversial issues surrounding high-frequency trading on Wall Street yesterday as it posted an 11 per cent fall in first-quarter profits.
The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.
The Colombian author was a master of magical realism, an ardent leftist and outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible
Acting chief executive Richard Pennycook admitted: '2013 was a disastrous year, the worst in our 150-year history'.