Archive for January, 2012

Apple posts record $13.06bn quarterly profits, up 118%

Apple reported record breaking net profits for the three months to 31 December 2011 of $13.06bn (£8.36 billion), up 118% from the same period in 2010.The company also sold 37 million iPhones, more than twice as many as it sold in the last quarter of 2010. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some […]

January 25, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Business Profits, Business Win, Growing Business, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized, Winning Business  No Comments

JD Wetherspoon reports sales growth 3.6%

JD Wetherspoon says trading has remained “resilient” after reporting an increase in sales.Like-for-like sales in the three months to 15 January grew by 3.6%, but the chain said the increase was mainly because the bad weather of a year ago had held trade back. JD Wetherspoon opened 18 new pubs over the year and closed […]

January 17, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Growing Business, Uncategorized  No Comments

Airbus reports record orders for 2011

Plane maker Airbus has reported record orders for 2011 but has warned that demand for new planes will fall sharply this year.The company said it received 1,419 orders worth about  £91 billion ($140 billion) last year, compared with 805 for its fierce US rival Boeing. Demand for the fuel-efficient A320NEO medium-haul jet was particularly strong, […]

January 16, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Business Exports, Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Exporting Businesses, Flying Businesses, Global Business, Global Businesses, Growing Business, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized, Winning Business  No Comments

Burberry sales rise 21% on Chinese exports growth

Fashion retailer Burberry has announced a 21% rise in fourth quarter sales as Chinese export growth continues.In the last quarter of 2011, revenue at the firm – famed for its camel, red and black check pattern – rose to £574 million with sales in Chinese shops up 30%. The firm opened a new flagship store […]

January 13, 2012  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Business Exports, Business Sales, Business Win, Exporting Businesses, Global Businesses, Growing Business, Uncategorized  No Comments

Homebuilder Bovis predicts increased profits

The Homebuilder Bovis is predicting an increase in profits for 2012.UK housebuilder Bovis says it expects a significant increase in profit for 2011, following strong earnings growth. The Kent based group expects to record profits of about £31 million for last year, up 68% on 2010. The firm also expects to report an 8% increase […]

January 12, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Development, Business Profits, Business Sales, Business Win, Uncategorized, Winning Business  No Comments

Bloomsbury sales improve with ebook success

Publisher Bloomsbury has reported strong fourth quarter trading, helped by cook books and a 38% jump in ebook sales.The firm said its bestsellers included River Cottage Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and Heston at Home by Heston Blumenthal. Bloomsbury also said that its sales of Harry Potter box sets continued to be strong. It added […]

January 11, 2012  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Ecommerce Business, Exporting Businesses, Global Businesses, Growing Business, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized  No Comments

Next sales grow as online business outperforms

Next has reported that its autumn and pre-Christmas sales grew after buoyant online business trading.Total sales at the clothes retailer between 1 August and 24 December rose 3.1% compared with a year earlier, ignoring the effect of rising VAT. However it’s Next Directory sales grew by 16.9%. But its High Street business, which sees some […]

January 10, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Development, Business Growth, Business Profits, Business Sales, Business Win, Growing Business, Online Marketing, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized, Winning Business  No Comments

Apps downloads hit record high at the end of December

For the first time more than a billion apps have been downloaded in a single week according to new research.Analytics firm Flurry said 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in the last week of December. Activity was buoyed by the facts that many users received new devices for Christmas and firms offered discounted apps over the […]

January 9, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Communications, Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Global Businesses, Growing Businesses, New Business Development, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized  No Comments

Luxury carmaker Bentley sees sales rise 37% in 2011

Luxury carmaker Bentley has reported a 37% rise in sales in 2011, claiming global demand has returned to pre-recession levels.The Crewe-based firm sold 7,003 cars, whose prices start at £133,000, in the year to December 31. The US continues to be Bentley’s number one market with 2,021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. […]

January 6, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Business Development, Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Exporting Businesses, Global Businesses, Growing Business, New Business Development, Technological Businesses, Uncategorized  No Comments

Gin is the new tonic for business growth

A new generation of boutique gin distilleries – some in residential homes – is driving a British gin revival. London is in the midst of a craft distilling revival. New microdistilleries can be found in residential houses – such as Sacred Spirits, based in London’s sedate Highgate. And they’re tucked away in terraces – such […]

January 5, 2012  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Development, Business Growth, Business Sales, Business Win, Growing Businesses, Uncategorized  No Comments