Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
RSA Insurance boss Stephen Hester has offloaded its insurance businesses in Singapore and Hong Kong for £130 million to Allied World Assurance as he presses on with a major slimming of the FTSE 100 group.
The troubled Co-operative Bank cuts its pre-tax losses in the first half of the year, and cuts staff numbers by 13%.
China’s president is using the celebrations of the former paramount leader to burnish his own image as a transformative leader
Aldi has cleaned up in the washing-up wars after new research found its own brand washing-up liquid performs better than its competitors and it is more than half the price of its nearest rival.