Empire-building boosts Centrica as P&O slumps

British Gas owner Centrica edged its way into the top five of this week’s Reputation Monitor after adding two companies to its empire.

Centrica conducted financial comms in-house for the £57.6m acquisition of drain-cleaning company Dyno-Rod and the £83m purchase of US home services group Residential Services.

Mobile network mm02 moved to fourth after it predicted increased revenues, despite recent regulator-imposed restrictions on call charges to rival networks.

Mmo2 rival Vodafone rose to third, behind table regulars Asda and Tesco,

because of CEO Arun Sarin’s plan to return more cash to shareholders.

P&O Cruises was this week’s worst performer after it blamed its decision to axe a fifth of its workforce and reposition itself as a freight company on the ‘death’ of the booze cruise.

But this week’s biggest faller was McDonald’s, whose £83.8m fall in pre-tax profits was hailed by health campaigners as evidence that Britons are turning away from fast food.

Jarvis came in third from bottom after an absence from the table of more than two months after the troubled contractor’s chief executive Kevin Hyde resigned.

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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