Business round up

week’s business round up

costs Corus £1bn

group Corus has reported an operating loss of £1.152bn for the 15 months to
December last year. The Anglo-Dutch company is blaming its recent restructuring
programme for £1bn of the total losses. Last month Corus announced that it
would cut 6,000 jobs, which will include shutting plants in Ebbw Vale and
Bryngwyn in Wales and scaling back at Llanwern.

says profits will fall by one third

giant Iceland has predicted that its profits will fall by a third this year.
Interim results showed that the company, which is carrying £550m in debts, has
lowered its pre-tax profit target to £40m from £62m. Iceland expects its sales
to fall by 3.7 per cent for the three months to 3 March. Earlier this year
Iceland abandoned its organic food policy after incurring heavy losses.

to suffer as phone giants wield axe

phone giants Cable & Wireless and Motorola have announced plans to cut
11,000 jobs worldwide, including at least 2,000 in the UK. Cable & Wireless
is to axe 4,000 jobs over the next 12 months with half of the cuts being made
in the UK. Graham Wallace, chief executive of Cable and Wireless, said,
“Certain sectors of Cable and Wireless Global’s market are experiencing severe
price reductions. Our response is to reduce costs aggressively, focus our
resources on higher margin revenue and accelerate the deployment of value added
services, such as managed web and application hosting.”

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