Michael Page reports 49% plunge in H1 profits

Britain's second-largest recruitment consultancy Michael Page International has reported a monstrous 49 percent plunge in profits for the first half of the year, indicating that a devastating year for the company is far from over!

Citing poor market conditions during the six months to June 30, Michael Page said that its profits for the 2009 first half fell to £43.2 million, as against the 2008 first-half profit figures of £84.1 million. In the UK alone, profits fell dramatically - to £6.1 million from £28.4 million!

Housing market records largest fall this year

British housing market has recorded a 2.2% drop in average asking prices in the past one month as compared with the previous month’s figures.

Data compiled by Rightmove, a property website, revealed that the average asking price for a home in England and Wales was £222,762, about £5,102 as compared with the last month.

However, the market is still optimistic regarding approaching time. It should be noted here that summer is usually a sleeping time for the housing market.

Tesco to offer double points on Clubcards

UK retailer Tesco PLC has plans to make its sales better by re-launching its Clubcard, its loyalty scheme next week and offering card- holders double points on all spending at its store.

Tesco's new as well as existing Clubcard holders will get two points for every £1 they spend at any Tesco store or online, starting from Monday.

The points will finally be converted into vouchers which can be spent at cinemas, restaurants and attractions which have agreements Tesco.

Allied Carpets closes 142 stores, hacks 850 jobs

Retailer Allied Carpets has slashed as many as 850 jobs and locked 142 stores, citing weak demand for its products.

However, BDO Stoy Hayward's business restructuring partner, Dermot Power said, "Although the stores are closed, we are still in negotiations with a number of interested parties."

BDO Stoy Hayward, the administrator said that it had 55 stores to Clive Hutchings, former CEO of Allied Carpets. The company is further looking to offload twenty outlets, which remained operational.

UK offers £340m loan to Airbus; US objects

Business secretary, Lord Mandelson's promise to provide European plane-manufacturer, Airbus with a loan worth £340 million to develop its new wide body A350 XWB plane, has raised the hackles of America.

However, the promised amount is just the half of what the Airbus had asked for. Airbus' sites in England specialize in wing-manufacturing.

Lord Mandelson said the financial assistance would safeguard as many as 1,200 jobs at Airbus' plants in Filton and Broughton. It will also protect additional 5,000 at Airbus suppliers.

Boeing finds new flaws in 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing Company has encountered new technical problems in the production of its 787 Dreamliner plane, raising fresh concerns regarding the future of the fuel-efficient aircraft.

The company found a structural flaw where the plane's wings meet the body. Another flaw was discovered in the 787 Dreamliner's composite fuselage.

Although Boeing knew about the problem at fuselage plant as earlier as on June 23, when the company ordered Alenia Aeronautica, Italian subcontractor to stop the work, yet the company officials never made it public.

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