10 things we learned this week

The great manager takeover, plus Mary Portas' royal shoulder to cry on and lucrative soft toys.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 20 Sep 2013

1. Managers now make up more than a tenth of the workforce

2. When Mary Portas’ review into high streets was criticised, Prince Charles wrote to console her

3. Beanie Babies weren’t just a fad: they’ve made their creator the 209th richest man in America

4. We’re a nation of car thiefs: controversial car-stealing game Grand Theft Auto IV is expected to make £1bn in sales

5.  Labour’s Chuka Umunna: he doesn’t like being in the shadows…

6. Richard Branson: not afraid of speaking out against fellow entrepreneurs

7. At one point this summer, three-quarters of the high street was on sale

8. Google keeps its lunch queues deliberately long to ‘encourage collaboration’

9. Yahoo has invented a voice-activated 3D printer. That’s at least eight degrees of whimsy…

10. JP Morgan was one of the few banks to avoid trouble during the crisis (although it's more than making up for it now...)

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