Talkers biggest work distraction
Talkative colleagues are the most distractive influence at work, according to a survey by recruitment specialists Robert Walters.
Almost two-thirds of Irish professionals identified talkative colleagues as the most time-consuming distraction. Personal emails or the internet was second at 25pc and social networking sites and smoking breaks were equal third with 6pc of responses.
UK retailers feel more confident
Optimism among British retailers is at its highest for more than six years as the High Street builds on the momentum of the warmer weather and World Cup, the Confederation of British Industry said yesterday.
Danone reports profits of €838m
Food giant Danone yesterday reported an 11pc surge in first-half sales and announced net profits of €838m. Net profits were down 10pc on last year's figures.
Air France-KLM reverses losses
Air France-KLM has said it returned to profit in its first financial quarter and forecast a break-even trading performance for its current year to March 2011, excluding the impact of April flight chaos caused by the Iceland volcano dust cloud. The airline reported a net profit of €736m for the three months to June, more than reversing a year-earlier loss of €426m.
Brown to release book on crisis
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will release a book about the global economic crisis in November, publisher Simon & Schuster said. "The book will offer measures Brown believes the world should adopt to regain fiscal stability," the firm said.