Jaguar falls as Ford sets out factory closure plan

Clothing retailer Next secured itself a place in the top three of this week’s Reputation Monitor after the company reported a 30 per cent rise in pre-tax profits.

Next, which uses GCG Hudson Sandler for financial comms, reported strong growth in all core areas of its business, making City scepticism about the 2001 appointment of youthful chief executive Simon Wolfson a distant memory.

A 20 per cent jump in Tesco’s half-year results helped the supermarket leapfrog Asda to take this week’s top spot. But Wal-Mart-owned Asda followed Tesco closely after its announcement that it had given customers around £1bn in ‘Rollback’ reductions over the past five years.

Ford’s decision to close Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory saw the UK luxury car manufacturer crash to the bottom of this week’s table.

Around 2,000 jobs could be lost at the Coventry plant and union leaders are threatening strikes at all three of Jaguar’s UK plants.

British Airways chief executive Rod Eddington’s failure to secure director

approval of a rescue plan dropped it to second from bottom, while directors remained in the firing line over last month’s flight shortage.

Reputation Monitor is compiled by Thomson Intermedia’s National News Index, a measure of media sentiment that excludes stock market reports and passing mentions.

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