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  1. July 25, 2014

    A captain should be pitch perfect at a multitude of skills

    This is not the first time Alastair Cook’s captaincy has been called into question. In January the talented opening batsman,...

  2. May 20, 2014

    Treasury Wine rejects A$3.1bn takeover bid from KKR

    Treasury Wine Estates, Australia’s largest winemaker, has rebuffed a A$3.1bn (US$2.9bn) takeover offer from private equity...

  1. May 2, 2014

    The arms cache that makes Slavyansk key

    At first glance, the small city of Slavyansk has little to commend it as the locus for an escalating stand-off between...

  2. August 5, 2013

    England retain Ashes as rain dampens Australian resurgence

    The England cricket team added their names to the surprisingly long list of British sporting winners in 2013 by retaining...

  3. August 4, 2013

    Old Trafford weather casts a pall over Australian hopes

    There is nowhere on earth with a microclimate quite so perverse as the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. When Britain...

  4. July 16, 2013

    Dismissed coach files lawsuit against Australia’s cricket chiefs

    Australia’s cricket hierarchy faces a lawsuit from dismissed coach Mickey Arthur, who claims he was discriminated against...

  5. July 14, 2013

    James Anderson swings opening Ashes cricket Test England’s way

    A consistently extraordinary and controversial game of cricket ended in Nottingham on Sunday as it had lived, providing one...

  6. July 12, 2013

    Broad brings Ashes temperature to boiling point

    Two elderly Australian supporters came out of the lift at my Nottingham hotel after breakfast on Friday. “There’s still a...

  7. March 22, 2013

    Premier cuts targets for executive payouts

    Premier Foods has slashed targets for performance-related payouts by nearly a third, making it easier for top executives at...

  8. February 4, 2013

    Premier Foods executive leaves company

    Premier Foods, the heavily indebted maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis bread, has lost its second-in-command just a week...

  9. February 1, 2013

    Premier Foods among biggest fallers

    The unexpected resignation of its chief executive left Premier Foods among this week’s biggest small-cap fallers. The Hovis...

  10. February 1, 2013

    Hard task awaits new Premier Foods chief

    Investors have a right to expect more. Michael Clarke, after barely 17 months at the helm, resigned abruptly from Premier...

  11. January 28, 2013

    State must not spoil RBS for investors

    Stephen Hester can congratulate himself on having cut to the chase last summer. Back in June, the chief executive of Royal...

  12. January 28, 2013

    Clarke faced huge suburban challenge

    Michael Clarke joined Premier Foods in September 2011, taking up the reins as problems at the debt-saddled company grew. His...

  13. January 28, 2013

    Premier Foods chief quits after 18 months

    The chief executive that has led the turnround of Premier Foods is leaving the maker of Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cakes in...

  14. The World

    October 29, 2012

    Hong Kong shows the way on mansion taxes

    (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) Over the weekend, my son and I walked up to the Peak in Hong Kong. We set off from the wrong...

  15. October 23, 2012

    Premier reviews UK grain strategy

    The poor wheat harvest in the UK has prompted Premier Foods, one of the UK’s top three bakers, to review its procurement...

  16. September 17, 2012

    BAE-EADS seen as pivot in UK strategy

    At some point in the next three weeks, David Cameron may take one of the biggest industrial decisions that has confronted...

  17. The World

    July 25, 2012

    Syrian intervention - how not whether it'll happen

    Something is changing in the way the US and its allies are analysing the conflict in Syria. For the last sixteen months, it...

  18. June 15, 2012

    Premier Foods agrees vinegar brands sale

    Premier Foods has agreed to sell its Sarson’s vinegar brand to Mizkan, a Japanese vinegar maker, for £41m in cash as part of...

  19. June 7, 2012

    Secrets of winning systems remain hidden

    Homespun investment wisdom does not come much cheesier than the Whipsaw Song, available on YouTube. Sung to a bluegrass...

  20. June 1, 2012

    Premier Foods chairman quits

    Ronnie Bell, chairman of Premier Foods has quit with immediate effect, dealing a fresh blow to the maker of Hovis bread and...

  21. April 3, 2012

    Premier Foods board shake-up to cost £5m

    Ailing Premier Foods has agreed to spend close to £5m to rejig its board of directors, its 2011 annual report shows. That’s...

  22. April 1, 2012

    Economics seen as new Falklands foe

    Thirty years after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, one thing can be said with reasonable...

  23. February 1, 2012

    US to end Afghan combat operations

    The US and Nato will end combat operations in Afghanistan next year and move to providing training for Afghan forces, Leon...

  24. December 8, 2011

    Premier Foods sells lossmaking business

    Embattled Premier Foods has succeeded in ditching its lossmaking chilled foods business, selling Brookes Avana to 2 Sisters...

  25. November 25, 2011

    Premier Foods replaces finance director

    Premier Foods , Britain’s biggest food producer by sales, has changed its chief financial officer, replacing the...

  26. November 7, 2011

    Premier Foods gets grace period on debt

    Premier Foods, the embattled food company, has won a grace period from lenders on its £1.27bn debt pile. Banks have agreed...

  27. November 3, 2011

    Banks address clearance of exotic swaps

    The International Swaps and Derivatives Association is moving to address long-standing concerns about how parties calculate...

  28. FT Alphaville

    October 12, 2011

    Premier Foods is worth less than nothing

    Here’s something you don’t see everyday – a negative share price target. Now, Exane analyst Jeff Stent readily acknowledges...

  29. October 7, 2011

    Premier Foods falls on debt fears

    Shares in Premier Foods lost over a third of their value on Friday after the maker of Hovis bread and Mr Kipling’s cakes...

  30. August 18, 2011

    Helmand drive criticised for lack of planning

    British military leaders demonstrated a failure of strategic planning in 2006 when they deployed UK forces into Helmand...

  31. August 12, 2011

    Premier Foods’ new chief to start job early

    Premier Foods said its new chief executive Michael Clarke would take up the reins two weeks ahead of schedule. The...

  32. July 16, 2011

    Attack of the Big Mac

    From Mr Michael Clarke. Sir, As the European Central Bank and the European Commission fight to save the euro, on a rare...

  33. July 14, 2011

    Darroch does multi-tasking

    It was a busy day for BSkyB chief Jeremy Darroch on Wednesday. As a Marks and Spencer director, he attended the retailer’s...

  34. March 23, 2011

    Mamut moves closer to HMV

    Following last month’s excitement about Alexander Mamut’s hiring of Credit Suisse as an adviser, the Russian oligarch is a...

  35. January 27, 2011

    Fox defends scrapping Nimrod

    Liam Fox, the defence secretary, has robustly defended the government’s decision to scrap the Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance...

  36. January 6, 2011

    Cocks of the walk made feather dusters

    England’s captain Andrew Strauss (left) and Graeme Swann (right) celebrate as Australia’s Mitchell Johnson is bowled out The...

  37. December 7, 2010

    England go 1-0 up in Ashes series

    “Heavy showers after midday,” said the Adelaide forecast. And it came to pass. But by that time no one in the English...

  38. December 3, 2010

    England skittle Aussies to lift sporting spirits

    A day of sporting disaster? The nation that invented football may have been humiliated in the voting to host the World Cup,...

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