06 de Março de 2002

O jornal inglês The Guardian, em sua edição de ontem, reporta a que ponto chegou o Brazil. Richard Adams, da coluna City diary, diz que a crise econômica na América do Sul está prejudicando até os negócios dos bandidos. "No Brasil, quando a mulher de um empresário foi seqüestrada na cidade de Americana, os seqüestradores exigiram um resgate de cinco mil libras em dinheiro vivo. Mas - devido ao estado da economia - seu marido não tinha esse dinheiro.

Depois de várias horas de negociações, foi feito um acordo. O marido entregou um aparelho de som estéreo, um forno de microondas, algumas jóias, um telefone celular e cinco cheques pré-datados no valor total de cinco mil libras, pagáveis nos próximos cinco meses."




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City diary

Richard Adams

Tuesday March 5, 2002

· Hats off to the Wall Street Journal, trying to shrug off its "World Most Boring Newspaper 2001" award (as voted by the readers of the Guardian, you may recall). Last Wednesday the Journal's European edition - which charges £1.20 to read all the best articles from the previous day's US edition - had a "women in business" focus, including a profile of "Europe's 25 most successful business women". An interesting list it was too: number one being Sari Baldauf, the president of Nokia Networks. The other 24 include luminaries such as Wanda Rapacyznski of Polish media giant Agora. Scanning through the list, one couldn't help feeling that someone was missing... the most high profile businesswoman in the UK, the only one running a FTSE-100 company... just made a dame. Marjorie Scardino - heard of her? Hmm? The chief executive of Pearson? You know, publishes the FT. Never mind, maybe she'll make it next year. Or perhaps during a month of Sundays.

· If there are any unsuccessful and unhappy bidders involved in the Enron auction held last week, perhaps you might like to get in touch with the Diary, for research purposes.

· Schadenfreude Corner: Kirch, the multibillion pound black hole that is also a German media group, is seeing its turkeys come home to roost. Kirch's number two, Dieter Hahn, was embarrassed during his talk at the FT's new media conference yesterday. Making a speech entitled "New routes to value" raised a few giggles, given Kirch's problems. "Clearly I haven't had time to change my presentation to take into account events of recent weeks," said Hahn. "I should have called it 'New routes to debt'."

· Wembley plc, the dogtrack-owning company that also has various gambling operations in the United States, annoyed more than a few of its shareholders recently when it was discovered the company was under state investigation in the US - a fact that Wembley chose not to mention. Nigel Potter, Wembley's chief executive and a distant relative of Harry, was quizzed yesterday as to why the company had kept quiet about the investigation since last May. "The reason we didn't do that was because we felt that that would have been misleading," said Potter. That's a triumph for transparent relations with investors.

· Bank of England governor Eddie "Sir Edward" George has warned of the dangers of reckless consumer consumption, and yet we see impressionable shoppers being lured to part with their money everywhere. If you can't beat them... why not remortgage the house and blow it all at the Bank of England's spring craft fair, which runs from today until Friday. "Get all your shopping under one roof in a unique setting," read the flyers for the fair in the Bank's museum. Get all your shopping? Perhaps not, unless the Bank is opening a Tesco Metro franchise, but the flyer promises handmade chocolates, handpainted china, handcrafted toys, "a wood turner with wooden items" and copies of the Bank's latest Inflation Report, personally signed by deputy governor Mervyn King.

· South America's economic struggles continue and even hoodlums are having trouble making a good living. In Brazil, when a businessman's wife was kidnapped in the city of Americana, the abductors demanded a ransom worth £5,000 cash. But - blame the state of the economy - her husband didn't have the money. After several hours of negotiation, a deal was struck. The husband handed over a stereo, a microwave oven, some jewellery, a mobile phone and five postdated cheques worth a total of £5,000, payable on each of the next five months. The lucky couple would then have cancelled the cheques, proving once again that crime does pay, but just not very well.