Business

30 November -0001

NTL takeover Telewest

Britain's biggest cable company NTL is to take over rival operator Telewest for about $6bn (£3.4bn).The deal will create the UK's dominant cable TV company, enabling it to compete more ...

30 November -0001

Martha Stewart Plans New Record Label

MARTHA STEWART LAUNCHING RECORD LABELMARTHA STEWART is planning a move into the music business, by launching her own record label.The lifestyle guru's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Sony's BMG have agreed ...
30 November -0001

Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Race

MARTHA STEWART TO RACE PUMPKIN ACROSS CANADA LAKELifestyle guru MARTHA STEWART will be rowing a giant 272 kilogram (600 pound) decorated pumpkin across a Canadian lake on Sunday (09OCT05) - after ...
30 November -0001

Scottish Power job-cuts

Energy firm Scottish Power has announced it is cutting 450 jobs across the UK over the next 18 months.About 270 jobs will be cut in Scotland, but the firm said ...

30 November -0001

Debit and Credit Card fraud figures fallen

Fraud involving the stealing and counterfeiting of debit and credit cards has fallen 29% year-on-year in 2005, a banking body has said.Precise figures for these types of card fraud will ...

30 November -0001

Marks & Spencer cuts 25% off women's clothing range

Marks & Spencer has cut prices on its cheapest women's clothing range by up to 25%, in a move designed to put pressure on rivals such as Next."We have been ...

30 November -0001

Apple upgrades iPod to play videos

Apple has upgraded the original white iPod to a version that plays video. The gadget will be available in the US next week and crams more storage and a bigger ...

30 November -0001

Llyods TSB increases online security

Lloyds TSB is to trial a new security system for online banking customers, in an attempt to beat internet fraud.About 30,000 customers will receive keyring-sized security devices, which generate a ...

30 November -0001

Nintendo and McDonald's joins services

Nintendo has joined forces with McDonald's to offer free wireless internet access in the US for its DS handheld games console.The service means McDonald's customers will be able to play ...

30 November -0001

Eurotunnel competition fare woes

The battle to keep fares lower in the face of competition from airlines and ferry operators has hit Eurotunnel's cross-channel passenger business.Revenues slipped at its passenger shuttle division in the ...

30 November -0001

Companies to produce clearer utilities bill

New guidelines aimed at making water, gas and electricity bills easier to understand have been put in place.The voluntary rules encourage companies to produce clearer and less confusing household bills, ...

30 November -0001

Women Managers Pushed Out

One quarter of female managers are not adequately involved in decision making, a survey has shown.A poll of 6,000 male and female managers suggested women were still finding it difficult ...

30 November -0001

McDonald begins printing packaging with nutritional facts

The fast food giant McDonald's has announced that it will start printing nutritional facts on the packaging of its burgers and fries.McDonald's said the labelling would include the fat, salt, ...

30 November -0001

Amazon predicts bleak holiday season sales

The online retailer, Amazon.com, warns investors of a slow sales growth even with the holiday season inching closer. The firm, which started out as a book seller, said net profits ...

30 November -0001

Microsoft plans to decisively defeat Google

People are underestimating what Microsoft is doing with search technology, says Bill Gates. The head of the software giant told the BBC that its ambition is to be bigger than ...

30 November -0001

Awards Recognise Women's Contribution to technology

A woman lecturer who uses a robot dog to get others interestedin technology and its potential as a career is named best woman in technology for her work.Jackie Edwards from ...

30 November -0001

Possibility of council tax increase

Council tax bills in England could increase by 10% next year unless the government provides more funding, according to a new report. The Local Government Association says inadequate grant increases ...

30 November -0001

eBay fraudster jailed

David Levi, 29, of Clifton Drive North in Lytham, Lancashire, tricked people using the internet auction site eBay into giving away their account details.He admitted three counts of fraud and ...

30 November -0001

Vanilla Coke to be replaced in UK

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola is to end sales of its Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Diet Coke in the UK from early 2006, despite only launching two years ago.Instead it is ...

30 November -0001

Graduates may take 10 years to afford own house

Many graduates still consider house prices unaffordable despite the recent housing slowdown, a survey has said.Two-thirds of graduates under 30 do not own their own home, Scottish Widows Bank found, ...

30 November -0001

Asda creates job opportunities

Supermarket group Asda has announced plans to recruit almost 3,000 new staff across the UK. Around 800 new jobs will be created in Northern Ireland, which will see the biggest ...

30 November -0001

Martha Stewarts Show Dumped By NBC

MARTHA STEWART'S APPRENTICE SACKEDMARTHA STEWART's version of hit reality TV show THE APPRENTICE will not be commissioned for a second series by US TV network NBC.THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART failed to ...
30 November -0001

Gorillaz and Coldplay boosts EMI profits

Strong sales of the latest releases by Coldplay and Gorillaz have helped to lift profits at music group EMI.The company also said it had seen sales of digital music, through ...

30 November -0001

Amazon refunds Sony CD customers

Amazon is offering refunds to customers who bought Sony BMG CDs that use the controversial XCP anti-copy system.The offer has been made in an e-mail sent to Amazon customers known ...