Vodafone goes top after launch of video mobiles

Mobile phone giant Vodafone has halted Tesco’s recent occupancy of Reputation Monitor’s top spot as the market anticipated this week’s bumper dividend.

Vodafone was expected to increase its payment to shareholders by at least 75 per cent after launching its video mobile handsets.

While Tesco took second place after CEO Terry Leahy was named business leader of the year at the National Business Awards, BT Group came third after surprising the market with a 12 per cent rise in second-quarter profits. Turnover from broadband, BT said, had broken the £1bn barrier.

British Airways came fifth after a 26 per cent rise in Q2 net profit and the launch of a lower business-class rate between London and Malaga.

Marks & Spencer slipped to the bottom of this week’s table after ousting four board directors and announcing a ten per cent fall in interim profits. Investors were reported as expecting sales improvements in six months.

MG Rover also went through the wringer after BMW UK managing director Jim O’Donnel described Rover directors as ‘the unacceptable face of capitalism’ for paying themselves large salaries in troubled times.

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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