Profit gloom sends B&Q and Marconi into tailspin

The Marconi Corporation crashed to the bottom of this week's Reputation Monitor.

The telecom equipment firm was plunged into crisis after it failed to win a part in BT's £10bn network revamp. Its share price fell nearly 40 per cent in one day, and the firm faces 2,000 redundancies.

B&Q suffered the worst fall in the table, dropping 1,048 places into the bottom five. Permira and Apax Partners are reported to be interested in bidding for the DIY chain, which issued a profit warning.

The chain's owner, Kingfisher, also dropped into the bottom placings.

At the top end, Airbus leapt into third, up 26 places after its A380 completed its maiden flight last week to critical acclaim from the press.

Interestingly, rival Boeing jumped 15 places to creep into the top five despite reporting a 14 per cent drop in first-quarter profits. It gained positive coverage on the back of announcing robust sales of its 787 Dreamliner to Air Canada and Air India.

Asda narrowly maintained its hold on the top position, beating Tesco by two points. Sainsbury's jumped five places to fourth after securing school dinners campaigner and TV chef Jamie Oliver for another year as its spokesman.

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

REPUTATION MONITOR 26 April-2 May

Ranking Rank last week Organisation NNI

Best performers

1 1 Asda 131.6

2 5 Tesco 129.2

3 29 Airbus 105

4 9 Sainsbury's 73.9

5 20 Boeing 68.8

Worst performers*

1 200 Marconi -275.9

2 1 MG Rover -114.5

3 44 Kingfisher -64.6

4 41 Egg -47.4

5 1,053 B&Q -46.6

Source: www.newsmetrics.co.uk/Thomson Intermedia plc *Rank last week is

position from bottom of table

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