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Apple beats estimates on iPhones and Macs

Apple’s latest quarterly earnings beat estimates as sales of iPhones and Macs came in higher than analysts had expected, the company said late on Wednesday.

Hamish McRae: Here's hoping that Britain's economy has the capacity to keep boosting output for some time to come

How much spare capacity is there in the economy? Or put another way, how swiftly can the economy grow without overheating?

Home Office 'bungled G4S and Serco asylum centre contracts'

The Government has come under harsh attack from the powerful Public Accounts Committee of MPs over yet another botched G4S and Serco outsourcing project: the contracts to run asylum centres.

Market Report: Most traders took a bit of risk off the table or sat on the sidelines

The power-station owner Drax faced troubled on two fronts yesterday when the Government shifted the goalposts on environmental support and shareholders rebelled over executive pay.

We've earned the right to a crack at the American market, says Primark chief

Primark is attempting to boldly go where many British retailers have failed before by trying to crack America.

Is this the death of the traditional employee?

Through the traumatic months of 2011 and 2012 when the economy flatlined, David Cameron and George Osborne hugged data releases from the jobs market like a comfort blanket.

James Moore: Dave's corporate tantrum as Sports Direct shareholders say 'no'

Outlook Parents the world over are accustomed to explosive reactions from their toddlers when they close the sweetie jars. It goes with the territory. The little darlings eventually just have to learn that no means no.

James Moore: Will the Americans say 'yeah' to Primark?

Outlook Most people have heard of the Beatles and the British invasion of America they led in the 1960s. Now it seems there's a latterday version in operation – but it isn't music that's being sold, it's garments. Cheap ones.

James Moore: Insurers must share the blame for fraud

Outlook Insurance fraud is reaching epidemic proportions, according to Aviva. It gets some 45 dodgy claims a day, worth more than £300,000. And those are just the ones it picks up.

Facebook announces 72% jump in revenue and the departure of its chief financial officer

Facebook said late on Wednesday that continued growth in its mobile advertising business helped its first quarter revenue grow 72 per cent to $2.5 billion, beating analysts’ estimates.

Barclays bosses to face shareholder anger at AGM

Barclays bosses will face more shareholder anger over pay tomorrow when the banking giant holds its annual general meeting in London.

Drax tumbles over Government U-turn on subsidy terms

Shares in Drax fell 10 per cent after the Government said a new subsidy scheme would only apply to limited part of its plan to convert much of its giant coal-fired plant into biomass burners.

Patisserie Valerie owner hopes to raise £33m in London float

Serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, the owner of Patisserie Valerie, is returning to the stock market with the planned £170 million flotation of the cafe chain on London's AIM junior exchange.

Eurostar revenues jump on business travel demand

Eurostar has posted a 7 per cent increase in sales boosted by strong demand for business travel during the first three months of the year.

Government deficit above £100bn for fifth consecutive year

The Government has recorded its fifth year in a row of £100 billion-plus deficits despite meeting borrowing targets, according to official figures released today.

Sports Direct goes on the attack after Mike Ashley bonus vote

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has launched an attack against its institutional investors, warning of “further uncertainty” after they refused to back a multi-million-pound payout to the billionaire founder.

Primark to open its first US stores as profits soar

Primark has announced ambitious plans to crack America's retail market as the value chain steps up its international expansion.

Sir Christopher Kelly's report set to flay board over Co-op's near-collapse

An independent report into how The Co-operative Bank almost collapsed with a £1.5bn hole in its balance sheet is set to be scathing about former executives and board members.

City reeling as disputed US research strikes again

A second major UK company in little over two months yesterday suffered a massive share-price rout following serious allegations about its operations from US "researchers" who themselves, or their backers, may have benefited financially from a fall in its value.

Vince Cable calls for crack down on boardroom bonuses to restore public's trust

The Business Secretary Vince Cable last night urged FTSE-100 boardrooms to crack down on bonuses to restore public trust.

Market Report: Pfizer could make second run at AstraZeneca

The City was awash with speculation pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca could become the target of a bidding war after news of a failed approach by Viagra-maker Pfizer. Reports emerged over the weekend that Pfizer's £50-a-share approach had been rejected by Astra and yesterday news bubbled up that the US major could be preparing a second run at £60.

Shares soar after $900m Novartis and Glaxo deal

GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss pharmaceuticals rival Novartis have agreed to pay the other $900m (£535m) if one of them pulls out of the major medicines swap deal that will see the British giant quit trying to make blockbuster cancer treatments.

Brad Katsuyama: 'I believe that the markets are rigged'

Despite being under constant attack since he was thrust into the global spotlight less than a month ago, Brad Katsuyama remains defiant.

Frenetic activity won't fix the pharmaceutical industry's problems

Outlook The pharmaceutical sector is creating more excitement in the world's financial centres than the opening of a warehouse full of free Viagra in a retirement community.

Pitching an idea to the Dragons' Den investors should be only the beginning for entrepreneurs and their projects

At a recent _Dragons' Den_ event, I witnessed eight entrepreneurs appeal to angels for investment.

Bean counters must be held to account too

Outlook Should the accountancy profession be running scared of its regulator? Only if the bosses of the big-four audit firms take flight at the prospect of being slapped by a piece of wet lettuce.

QinetiQ to sell US services division for $215m

British defence group QinetiQ is set to sell its US Services division for $215 million and return up to £150 million to shareholders through a new share buyback.

Credit still a 'roadblock to growth' for small businesses

Access to credit is still a “roadblock ” to new investment for London’s small businesses, according to new survey data as Bank of England figures.

The coalition deceived us that wage growth has overtaken inflation, but Labour still needs a credible plan for the cost of living crisis

The much-anticipated labour market data last week were pretty good, with the unemployment rate dropping to 6.9 per cent, which is its lowest level since January 2009. There was also other good news with a falling claimant count, rising hours and falling long-term unemployment.

Philips shares tumble after earnings drop

Philips shares fell more than 7 per cent after the world's largest lighting company said weaker business in emerging markets and a strong euro hurt profits in the first quarter.


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