Skype changes hands in mammoth deal

Microsoft has agreed to buy internet phone service Skype in a £5.2bn acquisition.. Luxembourg-based Skype has 663 million global users. In August last year it announced plans for a share flotation, but this was subsequently put on hold. Internet auction house eBay bought Skype for $2.6bn in 2006, before selling 70% of… More →

Airline’s fortunes nose-dive

Shares in airline Flybe plunged 57½ to 172½p yesterday after revealing that full-year profits for the 12 months to March of would likely stand at £22m – around £2m short of analyst expectations. Flybe, which flies from airports including Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh, blamed the failure to hit its forecast on… More →

Retail sales register a surprise pick up

Retail sales in the UK registered a surprise pick-up in March, led by strong food and non-store sales. Sales volumes reportedly rose 0.2% compared with a month earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Market analysts had expected a much weaker number after a downbeat survey was released by the… More →

UK small businesses embrace sustainability

Interest among SMEs in energy saving and eco-friendly goods has increased by 75% in the last year, according to research. e-commerce for small businesses firm  believe the rise in searches and enquiries for sustainable products indicates that more and more businesses are taking practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint… More →

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