Briefs: 'Metro Herald' hits the streets
MEDIA: The new 'Metro Herald' takes to Dublin's streets this morning, following the merger of Independent News & Media's 'Herald AM' and 'Metro', a three-way venture between Associated Newspapers, The Irish Times and Metro International. "Combining forces allows us to offer a single, unified advertising platform," Metro Herald managing director Paul Crosbie said yesterday.
AVIATION: Aer Arann in talks with Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus yesterday confirmed that it is in negotiations with Aer Arann regarding franchise arrangements on routes between Ireland and the UK. Last month, Aer Arann said it had restructured some of its debts and was formulating a fresh business plan to realign its model to the current economic environment.
CRUDE: Oil prices boosted over cold weather
Oil prices rose yesterday as expectations that cold weather will boost heating fuel demand outweighed a US inventory report showing a rise in crude stockpiles. US crude traded up 91c to $82.68 a barrel. London Brent crude traded up 89c to $81.48.
EXPORTS: China now 'top exporter' in world
CHINA overtook Germany as the world's top exporter last year, data compiled by Global Trade Information Services show. China shipped products worth $958bn (€670bn) in the first 10 months of 2009, while Germany sold goods worth $918bn to customers abroad, according to GTI.
AVIATION: Cabin crew at BA agree to meeting
Union leaders representing British Airways cabin crew have agreed to hold talks with the airline this week in an effort to strike a negotiated settlement to a dispute that threatens to cause major disruption to passengers.
INTERNET: Intel's 'gateway' spot under threat
Intel's position as the number one gateway to the internet will come under attack in 2010 as Quallcom, Marvell Technology Group and Freescale Semiconductor hope to persuade consumers to ditch their Intel-powered personal computers as the primary way of going online.