The Big Business Quiz of the Year
IT has been another long and difficult year for the business world but perhaps the worst is over and 2013 will be seen as the turning point.
As usual, we have a fantastic competition for our readers.
Irish Independent Business, Penfolds and Ireland's Blue Book are offering one lucky reader an opportunity to win a cosy two-night winter's break for two people sharing to include dinner at the fabulous 5* Hayfield Manor in Cork. A further nine runners-up will receive a bottle of Penfolds Bin 28 Kilimna Shiraz.
Hayfield Manor is tucked away in mature private gardens only a mile from Cork's city centre. Family owned and managed, Hayfield Manor is the ideal retreat to experience Cork's great art galleries, opera and historic university.
As well as this fabulous main prize, there are nine runner-up prizes of a bottle of Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz. Penfolds produces a broad range of wines from Australia, from entry-level Rawson's Retreat and mid-tier Koonunga Hill to their critically acclaimed Bin Range, which will supply the wines to our lucky winners.
To enter, simply complete the quiz and send it in to Irish Independent Christmas Business Quiz, Independent Newspapers, Independent House, 27-32 Talbot St, Dublin 1.
The closing date is January 3.
1. In January Dr John Tierney was appointed managing director of which State-owned company?
2. Name the well- known UK retailer whose Irish arm was put into receivership in January?
3. IBRC was liquidated in February. What were the names of the two financial institutions from which IBRC was formed?
4. Which Irish company announced in February that it was cancelling its listing on the Irish Stock Exchange and moving its listing to London?
5. Pharmaceutical giant MSD announced in March that it was shutting its Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, plant. In November it announced the closure of its Swords plant. How many jobs (to the nearest 10) were lost in the two closures?
6. Who announced their decision to step down as Financial Regulator in April?
7. Name the former IBRC director appointed to the NAMA board in April.
8. John Moloney announced in May that he would retire as Glanbia chief executive at the end of 2013. Who was appointed to succeed him?
9. In May, the US Senate Investigations Committee accused Apple of routing income through Irish-registered companies to avoid US tax. How much income (to the nearest billion dollars) was allegedly channelled through these companies?
10. Also in May, it was announced that Ireland had climbed three places in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook rankings? What is Ireland's current ranking?
11. Which credit rating agency raised its outlook on Ireland from stable to positive in July?
12. Name the US oil major which plugged and abandoned an exploration well in the Porcupine Basin in July.
13. To which job was Albert Manifold's appointment To which To which job was Albert Manifold's appointment announced in July?
15. Who bought the 'Washington Post' in August and how much (to the nearest million dollars) did they pay?
16. Also in August, it was announced that a well-known Irish retail brand was to be phased out. What was its name?
17. Which mobile phone company announced in September that it was selling its 45pc stake in Verizon Wireless for $130bn?
18. Michael Noonan raised the DIRT rate paid by savers in October's Budget. What is the new DIRT rate?
19. By how much did average national house prices rise in the year to October?
20. In November, the ECB cut official ECB interest rates. What is the current ECB interest rate?
21. What was the cost to the taxpayer (to the nearest million euro) of bailing out Newbridge Credit Union, which was taken over by Permanent TSB in November?
22. Which financial institution announced in November that it was creating 700 new jobs in Dublin?
23. What was the amount (to the nearest billion euro) of the official national debt at the end of November?
24. How much did the Government receive (to the nearest million euro) for its Bank of Ireland preference shares in December?
25. Also in December, name the former solicitor and the jail sentence he received (less any suspended sentence) after being found guilty of a €52m fraud.
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