And in the real world... Mars, BBC, Lloyds, Bank of England and more

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And in the real world... Mars, BBC, Lloyds, Bank of England and more

Mars has drawn up plans to spend tens of millions of dollars in order to certify that the cocoa used in its chocolate products is sourced from sustainable locations.
Source: Financial Times

The BBC has come under fire from viewers after it showed disturbing footage of a horse being choked, bludgeoned and stabbed to death.
Source: Daily Mail

The number of new mobile phone subscribers in the world declined heavily in the fourth quarter of 2008, with the growth of mobile data revenue stalling for the first time.
Source: Financial Times

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has said that the Conservative government would be prepared to break up the relationship between Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis.
Source: The Guardian

The Bank of England will today reject the fear that it will cut back on its £75 billion quantitative easing programme, as its aims to pull the UK economy out of recession.
Source: Daily Telegraph

Lloyds Banking Group is thought to be secretly planning to axe up to 25,000 workers, following last year's takeover of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Source: Daily Mail


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