WPP secured net new business of $1.8 billion in the first quarter, compared with the $1 billion in Q1 last year

Britain’s WPP, the world’s biggest advertising company, reported first-quarter like-for-like net sales growth in line with forecasts and ahead of last(...)

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley:  BP shareholders voted on April 14 to oppose his  $20 million pay package for 2015, the rare revolt reflecting outrage after the British oil and gas company recorded its biggest annual loss. Photograph: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files

Chief executives’ outsized pay packages are again coming under scrutiny, following a host of controversial pay awards in recent weeks. A fortnight ago(...)

Martin Sorrell: said he had spent more than three decades building WPP from a £1m company into one capitalised at £21bn

Martin Sorrell, the septuagenarian boss of advertising giant WPP, doesn’t like the word “pay”. Instead, it seems, he prefers the term “reward” to desc(...)

A demonstrator from the Sea Shepherd marine conservation organisation protests outside Excel London as BP held its annual general meeting. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFp/Getty images

Angry shareholders mounted an unprecedented protest against BP yesterday, rebelling against a 20 per cent pay rise for chief executive Bob Dudley desp(...)

A man drinks from a beer can while wearing a virtual reality headset at a party hosted by Deloitte Digital during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Image of the week: Virtual fun It is estimated that 97 per cent of people photographed wearing virtual reality headsets look stupid, but not this g(...)

Winning Unilever, L’Oreal and Tesco accounts  helped WPP secure £5.6 billion worth of net new business last year.

WPP outperformed global advertising rivals Omnicom and Publicis by winning big accounts in 2015, beating sales forecasts and saying it had made a soli(...)

Mobile World Congress: will host some of the world’s largest communication firms, with many unveiling phones and gadgets. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Almost 100,000 people are expected to attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, with companies such as Samsung, LG and Sony due to unveil t(...)

The always ultra-clean Canary Wharf business district, with its HSBC, Barclays and Citi towers, decorates /pollutes the skyline.
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Image of the week: Bringing in the trash They say there’s plenty more fish in the sea, but even if that’s true there’s even more plastic – or at le(...)

Bear market looms as a fresh slide in crude and the perceived creditworthiness of European banks adds to doubts about the strength of the global  economy.  Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Global stocks are on the precipice of a bear market as a fresh slide in crude and the perceived creditworthiness of European banks added to doubts ab(...)

Actor Willem Dafoe in a scene from a Snickers Super Bowl 50 spot. Super Bowl 50, between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, will be played Sunday

From Willem Dafoe in drag to an unlikely Helen Mirren necking a Budwesier, this year’s edition of the Super Bowl - the biggest day in US sports - is p(...)