Niall FitzGerald was chief executive and chairman of Unilever from 1996 to 2004

Former Unilever chief executive Niall FitzGerald has become the new chairman of the UCD Michael Smurfit graduate business school advisory board. (...)

Insurance giant Prudential posted a sharp rise in profits as it shrugged off changes to the UK pension market and boosted sales in the US and Asia. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prudential, the UK’s biggest insurer by market value, increased profit in the first half as US sales and corporate-pension deals helped offset a slump(...)

Tidjane Thiam, chief executive officer of Prudential. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Britain-based insurer Prudential has delivered a 17 per cent rise in operating profit for 2013, driven by robust sales in Asia and strong earni(...)

Preferred shares of Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest auto-maker, fell 1.6 per cent to €190.60. Photograph: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

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Prudential shares rose as much as 2.2% after chief executive Tidjane Thiam announced new cash and growth targets in London

Prudential said yesterday it plans to generate £10 billion in cash in the four years through 2017, raising speculation the UK’s largest insurer by mar(...)

Prudential has more than doubled in London trading since 2009. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images

Prudential, the UK’s biggest insurer by market value, posted better than expected new business profit, boosted by “double-digit” sales growth in six s(...)

Prudential surged to a record in London trading after the UK’s biggest insurer by market value reported first-half profit that beat analyst estimates. Photo: Bloomberg

Prudential surged to a record in London trading after the UK’s biggest insurer by market value reported first-half profit that beat analyst estimates,(...)

European trade balance: June figures out on Friday. photograph: tony gentile/reuters
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