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British Gas owners Centrica to axe thousands of jobs
British Gas owner Centrica is axing up to 6000 jobs despite reporting that profits were up 44 per cent to �656 million during the first half of 2015.
British Gas owner Centrica cuts 6000 jobs  
British Gas Profit Up 99% As Owner Cuts Staff  
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Royal Bank of Scotland holds its annual general meeting at its Edinburgh headquarters. Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis. Jill Treanor.
Royal Dutch Shell is cutting 6,500 jobs and is to reduce capital spending by 20 per cent this year, as the oil company takes dramatic action in response to the plunge in oil prices.
John Allan CBE is chair of London First and a founding signatory of the airport expansion campaign group Let Britain Fly. www.letbritainfly.
Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has posted an 32pc drop in half-year profits, down to �439m, compared with �646m in the same period last year.
AstraZeneca released second quarter results ahead of market expectations, with sales down just 7 per cent at $6,31m and core earnings per share down 8 per cent at $1.21.

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