And in the real world....Volkswagen, Porsche, Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Nestle, The Bank of England, The Conservative Party, the BBC and Dennis the Menace

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In the real world...Campaign's round up of business news
In the real world...Campaign's round up of business news

The Bank of England has delivered a more robust forecast for the UK economy over the rest of this year and into 2010, but also warned that the recovery was likely to be slow and protracted.
Source: The Financial Times

They were – at best – insensitive remarks, made at an injudicious time, and they left Alan Duncan doing something that has become all too familiar to him in recent months – apologising.
Source: The Guardian

Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Volkswagen AG will take another step toward uniting Thursday, when they are expected to announce the framework of a deal that would raise much-needed cash for Porsche and ultimately fold it into VW, people familiar with the matter said.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Britain is facing the steepest recession in modern history, Mervyn King, the Bank of England Governor, declared as it laid bare the full extent of the damage wrought by the financial crisis.
Source: The Daily Telegraph

Microsoft and Nokia yesterday announced an alliance aimed at challenging Research In Motion's leading position in the corporate mobile phone market.
Source: The Financial Times

Nestlé SA, the world's largest food and drink producer by sales, reported a drop in first half profits and revenue Wednesday as consumers scaled back purchases of items like bottled water, prepared meals and dairy products.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Google is facing growing opposition in Europe to its landmark US legal settlement with book publishers and authors, raising a fresh challenge to an agreement that could help determine the future structure of the digital books business.
Source: The Financial Times

He may be one of the rudest, wildest characters in the cartoon world. But it seems even Dennis the Menace is not immune to the restraining forces of political correctness.
Source: The Daily Mail