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UK bankers bonuses rise by a third in 2013

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Almost half of Britain’s bankers and other financial services professionals to receive 2013 bonuses were awarded more than the previous year, with the average payout rising by nearly a third, a survey showed on Tuesday. The increase in bankers bonuses comes against the backdrop of public and investor anger over … Read more

Microsoft backs “Titanfall” to boost Xbox sales

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is betting on making sci-fi combat game “Titanfall” a hit big enough to boost sales of its Xbox One videogame device, helping it catch up in terms of sales with rival SonyCorp’s PlayStation 4 console. Retailers are gearing up to get in on the buzz that … Read more

Missing Malaysian Boeing: attack unlikely

By Eveline Danubrata and Mark Hosenball KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – The so-far fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as sources in Europe, the United States and Asia voiced growing scepticism that the flight lost with 239 people on board was the target of an attack. The massive search has drawn in navies, military aircraft, … Read more

Oil at 3-week low, China slowdown weighs

From Reuters: * China Feb exports tumble, stoke slowdown fears * Oil production at Libya’s El Sharara field restarted U.S. oil fell by more than $1 per barrel on Monday to a three-week low, pressured by an unexpected drop in China’s exports that stoked fears of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. Oil prices were weighed by moderate … Read more

South Africa

Rand rangebound, awaits fresh impetus

From Reuters: South Africa’s rand weakened against the dollar on Monday but remained with its recent tight range ahead of data releases later this week that could help give it direction. The rand was at 10.7740 to the dollar at 1523 GMT, down 0.4 percent from Friday’s New York close. It traded within a 10.7140 … Read more

Investors prefer pitches from handsome men

From Reuters: Investors are more likely to put money into a business idea pitched by a man than a woman, and even more so if the man is good looking, according to a new study. The research, published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and authored by researchers from MIT, Harvard and the Wharton School, … Read more

Trade unions protest

New spat emerges in platinum strike

From Reuters: A public spat emerged on Monday between South Africa’s labour mediator and the Chamber of Mines over the former’s handling of talks to end an almost seven-week strike in the platinum sector, further dashing hopes of any breakthrough. There are no scheduled talks between the two sides. The squabbling between the group representing the … Read more

SA’s rattletrap taxis move millions, an economy

From Reuters: Zakes Hadebe’s minibus taxi has nearly half a million kilometres on the clock, a broken speedometer and a fuel gauge he struggles to keep just above empty. Yet by 8 a.m. on a recent Friday, Hadebe and his rattling Toyota had already overcome rain, traffic and an ever-rising petrol price to ferry nearly … Read more