Giving MySpace users a voice

SOCIAL network MySpace and internet communications company Skype have announced a partnership to provide the MySpace community with voice communications.

SOCIAL network MySpace and internet communications company Skype have announced a partnership to provide the MySpace community with voice communications. With more than 110 million monthly active MySpace users and 220 million Skype registered users around the world, the partnership will create the world’s largest online, voice-connected community.

Halloween sales set to hit £140m

SHOPPERS are set to splash out a record amount on Halloween-related goods this year, a retailer has predicted. Spending of more than £140m across all UK stores is expected between now and October 31, according to Woolworths. That figure is up 10-fold compared to 2001 making Halloween the third largest shopping event after Christmas and Easter.

Printer’s profits go up by 14%

ANNUAL profits at magazine and book printing firm St Ives have risen by 14% after it weathered “extremely challenging“ trading conditions.

The group benefited from its work on a number of best-selling book titles, including JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, both printed on behalf of Bloomsbury.

Robinsons ups selling price

JUICE company Robinsons, which is owned by Britvic, said it had upped its average selling price by 1% over the full-year, thanks largely to a promotional push.

New check-in will beat queues

SIR RICHARD Branson’s airline, Virgin Atlantic, has shown-off a new check-in “wing” designed to help business passengers beat the queues. The new Upper Class Wing, which opens at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 on November 2, will help speed passengers from “limo to lounge“ in under 10 minutes.

MPs warn of ‘labour vacuum’

BRITISH firms cannot rely on a continuing influx of cheap workers from Eastern Europe to plug gaps in the labour market, MPs have warned. A report by the Commons Trade and Industry Committee said that there was a danger of a “labour vacuum” developing once migrants from former Soviet bloc states began returning home.

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