Much-loved children's show Peppa Pig helped television and film rights company Entertainment One more than double pre-tax profits as worldwide sales for the cartoon character hit over $1 billion (£645 million).
Unilever, the maker of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, has picked the vice president of its UK business Graeme Pitkethly to succeed Jean-Marc Huet as chief financial officer later this year.
The owner of Mr Kipling cakes has said a rise in marketing spending on its top brands and improving volume growth in the grocery market will offset the pressures from a supermarket price war and help it meet profit forecasts.
ICAP, which matches buyers and sellers of bonds, swaps and currencies, has reported a 15.5 per cent fall in full-year trading profit as stricter capital requirement regulations forced banks to pull back from risky trading activities.
THE Parkmead Group run by Tom Cross is looking at North Sea acquisitions worth up to $100 million (£64m) weeks after he said the fall in the oil price created opportunities for the firm to make some cheeky offers.
Derbyshire-based chocolatier Thorntons, which is closing 20 stores this year as it aims to cut back to between 180 and 200 outlets, said chief executive Jonathan Hart is to step down after four years in charge.
BT's £12.5 billion takeover of EE is not expected to complete until March next year after the telecoms giant asked the competition regulator to take its probe into the deal to a second, in-depth phase.
Support services firm Babcock International, which employs 26,000 people across a range of sectors including defence, energy and transport, has posted a 43% rise in full-year profits to £313.1 million.