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Coca Cola blames wet weather and Europe for profit fall

Drinks giant Coca Cola has posted a fall in profits as sales of its fizzy beverages fell flat.<p>The world's largest beverage firm, which is behind Sprite, Schweppes, Fanta and Powerade as well as the iconic soft drink, saw European sales fell 4pc in its second quarter on a volume basis.<p>Worldwide, …

India takes drastic steps to defend rupee as global Fed shock deepens

India has been forced to tighten monetary policy to halt capital flight and support its currency, becoming the latest global casualty as the US Federal Reserve starts to turn off the spigot of dollar liquidity.<p>The country’s central bank raised a key funding rate 200 basis points to 10.25pc and took …

Activist investor Nelson Peltz pushes Pepsi to buy Cadbury-owner Mondelez

Activist investor Nelson Peltz says he wants soft drinks giant PepsiCo to buy Cadbury owner Mondelez and spin off its own underperforming beverage unit.<p>During an interview on CNBC, Mr Peltz said he talked about the proposal he called "Plan A" with PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi. He said he has …

Yahoo! shares jump as Marissa Mayer lays out 'Google plan'

Shares in Yahoo! jumped almost 10pc as investors digested the company’s plans to remodel itself in the image of Google.<p>Chief executive Marissa Mayer, who was a senior executive at Google before she arrived at Yahoo! exactly one year ago, told shareholders at the company’s half-year results that …

How to blag a flight upgrade

<b>1. Rack up the loyalty points</b><p>Like any business, airlines want to reward loyalty, so your best chance of securing upgrades is to join a frequent flyer …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Sorry, but you are not an "entrepreneur"

Entrepreneurs. They’re all around you. You might not have realised it, but you are living in entrepreneurial times. You might even live next door to …

Ryanair to sell advertising on its planes

It once threatened to make its passengers pay to use the toilets on board its aircraft.<p>Now Ryanair has come up with another creative way of making more money: by allowing other companies to advertise on its planes – for a price.<p>The low cost airline is selling what it claims is the “largest and …

How supermarkets get you to spend more in hot weather

Our savvy supermarket shopper column sidesteps the tricks to find the cheapest deals. This week: suntan lotions.<p>The summer holiday season has arrived. Parliament has closed for summer recess, schools are out next week and, for once, we don't have to leave the country to enjoy a sun-filled break.<p>We …

9 classic mistakes when presenting

These past ten years I seem to have spent a considerable amount of time helping professionals improve their ability to present – whether at an …

Public Speaking

Savings dip leaves families with '18 day' emergency fund

The average family has only enough savings to survive for 18 days if they were to lose their income, a study will suggest next week.<p>Families will only have 18 days to survive financially if they lose their income, despite the typical household wrongly believing it has enough money set aside to last …

Achieving the elusive 'work-life balance' is an ongoing challenge for many professionals. As it turns out, many of America's biggest and brightest corporations are aware of this issue, and some are even offering perks to ensure their employees maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. http://bit.ly/1azAF4d

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4 Pillars Of Successful Brand Building From HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes

HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes shares the key areas he focused on to build HootSuite’s brand from scrappy startup to globally recognized social-media tool.<p>As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand …

What’s Your Biggest Business Takeaway So Far This Year?

Anyone who claims running their business is easy is not telling you the whole truth. The fact is, every entrepreneur faces their fair share of ups and downs–it’s what you learn from those experiences that determines how successful you’ll be in the future. Learn from seasoned pros who’ve been there, …

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Know

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Ballman, a Florida employment lawyer and author of the book,</i> Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards. <i>Her blog is Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home and she tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Her other</i> …

Forget second-screen apps. Today, the TV is the second screen

Recently I had a great discussion with a friend of mine from Germany, who told me that TV networks over there are slow to embrace the future of …