UK - The construction firm behind the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Sir Robert McAlpine, reportedly paid its family owners Â£35m in dividends last year despite a fall in the companyâ€™s profits after tax.
ITALY - The Rimini Fiera Group has posted a turnover of 78.6 million euros for 2009. The figure is 3.4 per cent down on 2007, a year when, the group claims, a comparable number of exhibitions were held.
AUSTRALIA â€“ The Victorian government has approved AU$17.7m to further expand the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
USA â€“ A city-wide medical conference hummed along in New Orleans where tourism officials predicted that an oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico would not interrupt activities.