BA extends talks over strikes

Unions have agreed to extend a deadline for talks aimed at averting a British Airways cabin crew strike. Unite union and BA will continue talks until noon today. Union members have voted twice for strike action in a row over pay and working practices.

The extension to the TUC-chaired discussions has raised hopes that a settlement can be reached.

Hallmark Cards’s revenue fell roughly seven per cent to $4bn (£2.67bn) last year, the greeting cards maker has revealed. Sales dropped amid poor economic conditions and the new trend of shopping for birthday and holiday greetings on the internet. Consolidated revenue was down from just over £4.3bn in 2008. The company axed around 1,000 jobs in a cost-cutting regime.