P529 Teletext 529 Oct23 21:02:00    ———————————— FRIDAY ——————————  TIMES Nomura, Japan's biggest securities broker, said it is to shed 2,000 jobs as it reduces expenses by 20% in the wake of first-half losses. TELEGRAPH Mike Blackburn, chief executive of the Halifax, is to give up the top job to spend more time with his family. FT US regulators put scrutiny of the proposed BA-American Airlines alliance on hold, raising doubts on whether the plan can survive in its original form. ——————————————————————————————————1/2—— Share index 510 Company index 520 I.T.JOBS? - CONTRACT OR PERMANENT see p631 World Pound Shares Family Finance
P529 Teletext 529 Oct23 21:01:10    ———————————— FRIDAY ——————————  INDEPENDENT Shares in Halifax rose by 2% as the mortgage bank said that chief executive Mike Blackburn will step down a year earlier than expected. GUARDIAN Japan's biggest securities house plunged £885m into the red in the past six months and plans to shed up to 2,000 of its 16,000 worldwide staff. MAIL Body Shop half-year pre-tax profits dropped 27% to £9m before reorganisation costs shredded the total to £4.8m. ——————————————————————————————————2/2—— Share index 510 Company index 520 I.T.JOBS? - CONTRACT OR PERMANENT see p631 World Pound Shares Family Finance