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Jul 24, 2013

Smartphone demand boosts EE and Carphone

LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for high-end smartphones on long-running contracts helped Britain’s largest mobile operator EE and phone retailer Carphone Warehouse to post better than expected results on Wednesday.

EE, owned by Orange and Deutsche Telekom, said it had grown first-half earnings by 9 percent and posted its highest ever margins as demand for mobile contracts, including those running on its superfast fourth generation network, jumped ahead.

Jul 24, 2013

Smartphone demand boosts Britain’s EE and Carphone

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Demand for high-end smartphones
on long-running contracts helped Britain’s largest mobile
operator EE and phone retailer Carphone Warehouse to
post better than expected results on Wednesday.

EE, owned by Orange and Deutsche Telekom
, said it had grown first-half earnings by 9 percent
and posted its highest ever margins as demand for mobile
contracts, including those running on its superfast fourth
generation network, jumped ahead.

Jul 19, 2013

Vodafone sees no let-up from European woes

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Vodafone said it did not
expect any let-up in the pressures weighing on its business, as
the world’s second-largest mobile operator reported
first-quarter results hit by regulation and recession across
Europe.

The British group, which has been battling regulator-ordered
price cuts, economic pressures and competition throughout its
European markets, said on Friday it expected the next three
months to follow broadly the same trends after reporting yet
another sharp drop in its key revenue measurement.

Jul 14, 2013

Analysis: Charges unlikely, but Murdoch tape won’t help his business case

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The recall of Rupert Murdoch to a committee of the British parliament over a secret tape of him dismissing the alleged illegal behavior of his journalists is likely to cause personal embarrassment for the world’s most famous media mogul but no criminal charges.

It could, however, further complicate his business dealings in Britain, where his firm has long wanted to take full control of the pay-TV group BSkyB and where it is still locked in negotiations with the government over regulation of the press.

Jul 14, 2013

Charges unlikely, but Murdoch tape won’t help his business case

LONDON/NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) – The recall of Rupert
Murdoch to a committee of the British parliament over a secret
tape of him dismissing the alleged illegal behaviour of his
journalists is likely to cause personal embarrassment for the
world’s most famous media mogul but no criminal charges.

It could, however, further complicate his business dealings
in Britain, where his firm has long wanted to take full control
of the pay-TV group BSkyB (BSY.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and where it is still locked
in negotiations with the government over regulation of the
press.

Jul 11, 2013

UK puts G4S and Serco under review after tagging fiasco

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday placed all
contracts held by outsourcing firms G4S and Serco
under review after an audit showed they charged for
tagging criminals who were either dead, in prison or never
tagged in the first place.

The news, which wiped millions of pounds off the firms’
value, was the latest blow in a torrid spell for G4S which makes
around 10 percent of its 7.5 billion pounds turnover from
British government work.

Jul 9, 2013

Parliamentarians recall Murdoch over phone-hacking evidence

LONDON (Reuters) – Parliamentarians said on Tuesday they would recall media mogul Rupert Murdoch to clarify evidence he gave to them last year after he was secretly recorded belittling a police inquiry into alleged crimes committed by journalists on his papers.

In a meeting with staff on his mass-selling Sun tabloid, Murdoch said he regretted helping a police inquiry into phone-hacking which has grown into a far wider investigation into alleged illegal reporting practices.

Jul 9, 2013

British lawmakers recall Murdoch over phone-hacking evidence

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers said on Tuesday they would recall media mogul Rupert Murdoch to clarify evidence he gave to them last year after he was secretly recorded belittling a police inquiry into alleged crimes committed by journalists on his papers.

In a meeting with staff on his mass-selling Sun tabloid, Murdoch said he regretted helping a police inquiry into phone-hacking which has grown into a far wider investigation into alleged illegal reporting practices.

Jul 9, 2013

Shell names van Beurden as surprise choice for CEO

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) named head of refining Ben van Beurden to replace chief executive Peter Voser, a surprise appointment to steer Europe’s biggest oil firm through an industry-wide battle to replace reserves and control costs.

Analysts and investors had not considered van Beurden, who has worked for the company for 30 years, as a possible contender to replace Voser next year.

Jul 4, 2013

Murdoch belittled British police in secret recording by staff

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch belittled a British police inquiry into bribes allegedly paid by his journalists in a secret recording made by his staff, in sharp contrast to the profuse public apologies he made to defuse anger at news gathering practices.

Murdoch told staff at his Sun tabloid in a private meeting in March that he had been wrong to help the police investigation into tactics he said reporters had used for decades, and promised unspecified support to reporters snared by the inquiry.

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