Business News Quiz – 25.11.13

Test your students’ knowledge of current affairs with our topical business quiz.

Total pay for the directors of the UK’s top businesses rose ???  over the past year driven by a huge jump in share-based long term incentive payments, a pay research company has found?
19% ( )    22% ( )    14% ( )     33% ( )

Which airline saw a 51% rise in yearly pre-tax profits to £478m, partly thanks to the introduction of allocated seats. Chief executive Carolyn McCall said allowing passengers to book their seats had had a big impact on profitability?
Easyjet ( )    Ryanair ( )    Flybe ( )     Monarch ( )

Which company’s performance has been branded as “unacceptable” by a watchdog after it topped a complaints list among the major energy firms? The company recorded 202 complaints per 100,000 customers in April to June – five times more than the best performing firm, SSE?
British gas ( )     NPower ( )    EDF ( )     Scottish Electric ( )

Which broadcaster has seen revenues rise across its channels helped by a strong performance from its production arm?  Total revenue rose 6% to £1.6bn in the nine months to the end of September, with advertising revenue up 1% beating its forecast for flat revenue made in July?
BBC ( )     Channel 5 ( )     ITV ( )     Channel 4 ( )

A supercomputer built by which countries government has retained its place at the top of a list of the world’s most powerful systems?
Chinese ( )   UK ( )     USA ( )      Japan ( )

Struggling smartphone maker Blackberry has shaken up its top management as part of its continuing reorganisation.  The firm’s chief financial officer, Brian Bidulka, will be replaced by??? Who has previously served as controller and head of compliance.
David Filo ( )     Marissa Mayer ( )    James Yersh ( )    Jerry Yang ( )

Profits and passengers numbers are up at the UK’s second-largest airport, Pre-tax profits in the six months to 30 September were £127.3m, up from £107.2m in the same period last year.  The number of passengers using the airport rose 4.4% to 20.8 million? 
Glasgow ( )    Heathrow ( )   Gatwick ( )    Manchester ( )

The firm that makes Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels biscuits has been sold to a Canadian pension fund of how much?
£4m ( )     £3.2m ( )    £400m ( )   £350m ( )  

A BBC investigation into a UK-based warehouse has found conditions that a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness”. Prof Michael Marmot was shown secret filming of night shifts involving up to 11 miles of walking – where an undercover worker was expected to collect orders every 33 seconds, which company is this? ( )    Amazon ( )     Tesco Direct ( )    Occado ( )

Taxes in Scotland could rise by??? per person per year if it leaves the UK, a British government minister says?
£150 ( )     £1500 ( )    £100 ( )     £1,000  ( )


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