Rolls goes East, shares go west

Veteran engines company is battling to level off after order book takes a glancing hit

US to test Dixons Carphone’s tech stamina

Honeybee software generates buzz in retail collaboration

Sir Howard does the polymath on Heathrow

Glasto bongo duties were more of a challenge for multitasking mind behind airport recommendations

Towers and Willis add up the equals signs

Cost synergies are forecast, but there is little operational overlap

Fairbairn must suppress her wonk at CBI

New director-general must spin vibrant line. She should project the energy of British enterprise

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OneWeb project could end up lost in space

US start-up’s plan for 600 micro-satellites appears ambitious

Crown Estate: minted imperial

Britain’s booming real estate market boosts profits at the Queen’s property company

Ross should challenge F1 boss if he swaps gridiron for starting grid

Spare tyres are ballast F1 cars cannot afford to carry

Thorntons: an acquired taste

Most investors will be glad Ferrero is offering £112m for UK chocolatier

Service-based pensions face their Waterloo

Defined benefit schemes impose heavy burden on state and private sector finances

Watchdog shares blame for Bumi’s saga

Listing breaches occurred between summer 2011 and 2013

Ofcom review merits Greene ink

Writing is on the wall for regulatory light touch over Royal Mail as Whistl stops competing

Proud backing a lift for tech week

Governments can add to the buzz around start-ups but can’t make a cluster successful

Mulberry and the mid-market competition

New entrants start to make ‘accessible luxury space’ look more crowded

FirstGroup investors cheer on buses

Margins at UK bus division and US school bus business offset miserable UK rail division performance

Gulliver’s eastern travels come up short

Move comes across more as a global shifting than any great shrinkage

WPP needs to line up an heir and a spare

Pay issue suggests a board in thrall to its chief executive

HSBC: Back on with their heads!

Sometimes banks’ misdeeds turn out to be less heinous than first imagined

Cash shells need foresight to beat the cycle

Nomad Holdings is in talks to acquire frozen food group Findus

Financial pressure is a mind-altering drug

Is Soriot demanding special treatment?

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