Malaysian deal propels Stanley into top three

Casino group Stanley Leisure jumped 728 places to take third spot in this week’s Reputation Monitor after it capitalised on liberalisation of the UK’s gambling laws by joining forces with a Malaysian rival in a plan to create Vegas-style casinos.

Its partner, Genting International, hopes the deal will reduce its own reliance on Malaysian gambling.

Stanley came behind low-cost airline easyJet, which is to start a new route between Belfast and Inverness and has poached Associated British Foods finance director Jeff Carr to replace Chris Walton.

Meanwhile, Tesco wrestled first place back from Vodafone. The supermarket’s plans to launch its own TV station and the appointment of Austin Reed MD Chris Holmes as director of its international non-food division made it master of the headlines yet again.

Lastminute.com had a torrid week after missing its Q4 forecasts and finance director David Howell quit. It reported a full-year pre-tax loss of £77.2m against £47.7m in 2003.

Lastminute CEO Brent Hoberman admitted the company had been wrong to guide analysts to think the company would get a £2m VAT rebate.

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

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