Sainsbury’s stays down as Rover takes triple hit

Sainsbury’s reputation took a hammering in this week’s Reputation Monitor after rumours that former Asda boss Allan Leighton was preparing a bid for the ailing supermarket chain.

It was also a bad week for MG Rover. Final court deliberations could make it difficult for the company to lay off workers, executives attacked the police for refusing to buy Rover patrol cars, and the Health and Safety Executive said it would investigate 73 cases of lung disease at Rover’s Birmingham plant.

It was a much better week for BP, which announced Q3 profits of £1.9bn, partly propelled by high oil prices. 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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