McDonald’s sues ex-boss Easterbrook over alleged sexual relationships

Image copyright Reuters Image caption McDonald’s claims Steve Easterbrook had lied. McDonald’s has taken new legal action against former chief executive Steve Easterbook, accusing him of lying about sexual relationships with staff. The company fired Mr Easterbrook last year after finding he had a consensual relationship with an employee. But the firm says further investigation found the British executive had… Read more →

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Coronavirus: Scottish economy ‘approaching stabilisation’

Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s private sector economy is “approaching stabilisation” after the coronavirus lockdown, according to a survey. The latest Royal Bank of Scotland purchasing managers index (PMI) found the coronavirus-related downturn “eased noticeably” in July. However, there are fears that local lockdowns could delay recovery. Business confidence strengthened to a five-month high despite firms reporting a reduction in… Read more →

Coronavirus: Business picks up in NI but employment levels fall

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Retail, manufacturing and construction have reported a strong rebound in growth Business activity in NI picked up last month, signalling economic recovery, but employment levels are continuing to fall, an Ulster Bank survey suggests. Every month, the bank conducts a survey of a representative sample of firms. It is considered a reliable indicator of economic… Read more →

Manmohan Singh’s ‘three steps’ to stem India’s economic crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Manmohan Singh is widely regarded as the architect of India’s economic reforms programme India must take three steps “immediately” to stem the damage of the coronavirus pandemic, according to its former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Dr Singh, who is widely regarded as the architect of India’s economic reforms programme, and is now a senior… Read more →

‘People told me my plans for a skincare firm were crazy’

Image copyright Tata Harper Image caption Tata Harper launched her eponymous skincare brand in 2010 The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Tata Harper, owner of the popular US skincare company of the same name. Tata Harper’s mission to create a natural skincare range began when her stepfather… Read more →

‘Sustainable tourism’ call prompted by influx at Wales’ hotspots

Image caption Benllech beach at Anglesey was busy with visitors on Saturday Some tourist areas are finding it hard to cope with an influx in visitors and maintain social distancing, an MP has said. Hywel Williams’ comments come as North Wales Police removed illegally parked cars in Snowdonia again on Saturday. Places like Barmouth and Abersoch have seen a big… Read more →