Model company: Hornby chief executive Richard Ames’s exit was greeted by a surge   in the famous toy train company’s    shares of  almost 40 per cent. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The stock market was brutal in its response to the departure of Hornby chief executive Richard Ames this week: as his exit was announced, shares in th(...)

 Bank of England governor Mark Carney delivers a speech on the UK economy at the Queen Mary University in London on Tuesday. Mr Carney said that there would be no interest rate rise for now. Photograph: EPA

Borrowers are delighted but the despair drags on for savers as Bank of England governor Mark Carney has made it clear that there is no prospect of an (...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish governments have prioritised fiscal consolidation in their budgetary policies since 2008 and disregarded the human rights implications of these(...)

Former Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green: due to collect a £10 million-plus bonus when her gardening leave comes to an end next month. Photograph: RLM Finsbury/PA Wire

Harriet Green, the former chief executive of Thomas Cook, has clearly been enjoying her gardening leave from the travel firm, which she quit abrupt(...)

Marc Bolland has pushed through a number of much-needed changes at the retailer, including revamping the stores and improving its fashion ranges. Photograph: Getty Images

Hang out the bunting! Pop the champagne corks! Marks & Spencer is about to report its first increase in annual profits in four years.Chief executi(...)

Tesco chief executive: Dave Lewis stunned investors by issuing the retailer’s fifth warning on profits this year. Photograph: Tesco/PA Wire

The Nightmare before Christmas or 100 Days from Hell – however you describe it, rarely can a chief executive have endured a more catastrophic start(...)

The 800,000 sq ft Amazon  fulfilment centre   in Swansea, Wales. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Britain’s retailers are gearing up for their busiest-ever online shopping day at the end of this week, as “Black Friday” fever sweeps the nation. With(...)

Online grocery group Ocado is set to make its first annual profit since being set up by three former Goldman Sachs bankers in 2000.

It’s taken almost a decade and a half but, at last, online grocery group Ocado is set to make its first annual profit since being set up by three form(...)

Ross McEwan, chief executive officer RBS,  will take the flak over bankers’ bonuses  at the annual meeting. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Shareholders are out in force this week as the annual meeting season continues apace, with gatherings scheduled for investors in Royal Bank of Scotlan(...)