German-owned supermarket discounter Aldi has posted record sales, but at the expense of earnings falling 17 per cent as it focused on cutting prices to try and extend its footprint. The company declined to split out its like-for-like sales figures, leading some City analysts to interpret the growth as based on new store openings as the “big four” supermarkets hit back with their own price cuts.
Ian Wakelin, chief executive of Biffa, the UK’s second largest waste management business, got his timing just right when he brought the company to the stock market last autumn. A key rationale was to provide Biffa with more financial firepower and public profile to continue its pacy acquisition strategy.
So, KPMG has been cleared by the accountancy industry watchdog of any wrongdoing in its 2007 audit of HBOS in the run-up to the bank’s collapse into the arms of Lloyds Banking Group when the bank ran out of money, management nous and regulatory credibility. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) found no evidence of misconduct or lack of diligence by KPMG, and indicated that the firm couldn’t have foreseen the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the wider financial crisis in the autumn of 2008.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".