And in the real world: Waitrose, RBS, BP, unemployment figures

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

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

Waitrose has signed a deal with the motorway services operator Welcome Break as it looks to open up stores in service stations for the first time. Source: The Financial Times

The former chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Tom McKillop, has resigned from the BP board in response to unrest among shareholders over his past role at the bank. Source: The Telegraph

Car-makers expect vehicle sales to start growing in around three months, as the housing market and consumer confidence begin to show signs of recovery. Source: The Financial Times

Unemployment figures in Ireland hit a 12-year high of 11 per cent in March, according to the Central Statistics Office.
Source: The Telegraph

BP has cut more than a quarter of its workforce, amounting to 620 jobs, within its solar business, which operates plants in Madrid and Maryland, America, because of lower-cost competition. Source: The Guardian

Entertainment Rights, the company that owns Postman Pat and Basil Brush, has been sold to a US investment company for £75 million, after falling into administration over a £150 million debt. Source: The Times

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