And in the real world... GM, BBC, Google, CBS and Tesco

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And in the real world....GM, BBC, Google, CBS and Tesco,
And in the real world....GM, BBC, Google, CBS and Tesco,

General Motors' new chief executive said the car-maker was "looking at the possibility" of paying back its US government bail-out loans from its cash reserves.
Source: Financial Times

The Government was plunged into a new dispute with the BBC yesterday after it included BBC Worldwide in a list of assets that it was considering selling and urged the corporation to spin off part of its commercial division.
Source: The Times

Germany's newspaper publishers are considering launching joint websites in which to sell articles – a move to defend themselves against search engines such as Google that have put newspaper sales under pressure by offering free news online.
Source: Financial Times

US media groups are ending one of the worst years for advertising with talk of a recovery as three groups offered some optimism for next year.
Source: Financial Times

Tesco reported slower than expected quarterly sales growth today, disappointing some City analysts who had expected its recent marketing blitz to pay off before Christmas.
Source: The Guardian

Alistair Darling will today flesh out plans for the biggest squeeze in public spending for a generation in his pre-Budget report, with only schools, hospitals and the police being spared average cuts of about 14 per cent over three years.
Source: Financial Times

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