And in the real world... RTL, Sainsbury's, Heineken and more

LONDON - Today's round up of the biggest business stories.

World news... round-up
World news... round-up

Heineken said that its takeover of Scottish & Newcastle last year helped raise pre-tax profits by 14 per cent in the first half of the year. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Sainsbury's is planning to hire a record 20,000 temporary staff to work across its stores for the busy Christmas period. Source: Guardian

The RTL chief, Gerhard Zeiler, said Five will be part of an inevitable consolidation of the television market, as the division lost £43 million in the first half of the year. Source: The Financial Times

Westfield said trade was "stabilising" at its UK shopping centres, which include the complex at London's Shepherd's Bush.
Source: The Guardian

GM Europe is preparing for the possibility that it may not attract a buyer in time to save it by seeking insolvency advice. Source: The Times

Toyota said that it would not be making redundancies as it closes a production line at a plant in Derbyshire. Source: The Financial Times