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Countdown to 2012 London Olympics - CNBC Special Report - CNBC Europe

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    Doping is the most serious threat to the integrity of next year's London Olympic Games, British Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said on Thursday.

  • IKEA is Developing its Own London Neighborhood Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 2:46 PM ET
    Strand East

    IKEA is going into the business of selling walls, floors and roofs, in addition to furniture, housewares and rugs. The international home-goods retail monolith recently announced plans to build an entire neighborhood in Stratford, East London.

  • London Olympics on Track: CEO Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 8:20 AM ET
    London Olympics on Track: CEO

    Monday marked the 3-year mark for the London 2012 Olympic Games. "Things are very much on track," Paul Deighton, CEO of LOCOG, said. While the infrastructure has been paid for by the taxpayer, the cost of running the Games is funded privately through ticket and merchandise sales and raising sponsorships, he added.

  • Plenty of Rooms Left for Olympics, for a Price Monday, 9 Apr 2012 | 8:51 PM ET

    Most of London's most exclusive hotels have been booked for the Olympics, snapped up by Olympic officials or companies block-booking rooms for favored customers, but there are still amazing places to stay. If you can afford the bill.

  • Cleaning Up the Olympics Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 6:50 AM ET
    Cleaning Up the Olympics

    Clean Event Property Services Group provides cleaning and waste management services to the sports and leisure industry around the world. The group has provided their services at 4 Olympic Games. Tom Gibbons from CE Property Services Group told CNBC the project is very big and detailed.

  • A slider is a very small hamburger, meant for frenzied consumption in multiple quantities. You don’t order one, or even three --- you order ten and devour all of them in less than three minutes, preferably while you’re still in your car at the franchise’s parking lot. In the summer of1987, Burger King introduced their own sliders, Burger Bundles, and they did a booming business, particularly among teenagers and late night customers. Despite the Burger Bundles’ popularity, preparing them was more

    McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics—and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

  • Golf, Rugby Sevens the New Olympic Sports Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 6:50 AM ET
    Golf, Rugby Sevens the New Olympic Sports

    Golf and rugby sevens have been added to the Olympic schedule for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. Mike Laflin, chief executive of SportCal, discusses how the sports will fare if they are included.

  • London Olympics: 1,000 Days to Go Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 7:50 AM ET
    London Olympics: 1,000 Days to Go

    Saturday marks the start of the 1,000-day countdown period until the London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Edwards CBE, Olympic Triple Jump gold medalist & LOCOG Board member, and Suzi Williams from BT look ahead to the games.

  • Progress on Olympic Stadium Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
    Progress on Olympic Stadium

    Progress is well underway on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. "Weâ??re 70% completeâ?¦this time next year weâ??ll be handing over all these facilities to Seb Coe and his team so that they can start their trial events," John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, told CNBC.

  • Links of London Looks to Olympics Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 6:50 AM ET
    Links of London Looks to 2012 Olympics

    Links of London unveiled two new collections as part of its role as an official licensee of London 2012 Olympics. Xenia Carr-Griffiths, president EMEA of Links of London, spoke to CNBC about the collections.

  • Opportunity at Westfield Games Site Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 6:50 AM ET
    Westfield Olympic Site Huge Opportunity

    “This is a regeneration of a new metropolitan center for London and East London…we’re really there because of the market fundamentals. We see East London as a huge opportunity,” Westfield Europe managing director Michael Gutman told CNBC.

  • Will Games Benefit UK Companies? Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 6:50 AM ET
    Will the Games Benefit UK Companies?

    A Deloitte survey shows that two-thirds of large companies expect no impact from the London Olympics. “Businesses need to look and plan now,” Sally Atkins, program director for London 2012 at Deloitte told CNBC.

  • Benefiting from the Olympic Games Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 7:50 AM ET
    Benefiting from the Olympic Games

    “We’ve seen our turnover double in the last year,” Adam Cash, director of Touch of Ginger told CNBC as the small business joins others to benefit from the Olympic Games.

  • Olympics to Showcase Britain Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 6:50 AM ET
    Olympics to Showcase Britain

    The London 2012 Olympics can be used to showcase Britain and attract foreign visitors, Patricia Yates, director of strategy and communications at VisitBritain, told CNBC Friday.

  • Which Oil Producers Are Making Money? Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 6:07 AM ET
    Algeria's oil minister, Chakib Khelil is the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The following is a list of oil prices needed for the nations to avoid having a budget deficit in 2008 and 2009 (as compiled by the IMF).

  • London G20 Protests Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 9:47 AM ET
    Tens of thousands of people voiced their anger at the world economic crisis in London's financial district Wednesday, one day before a summit by leaders of the G20 countries in Europe's financial capital. Protesters accused bankers of "robbing" the economy and a few hundred people smashed the windows of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose CEO retired last year with a big pension despite the fact that the bank was nationalized to be saved from collapse.Four different groups tried to organize one la

    Thousands of people voiced their anger at the world economic crisis in London's financial district, one day before a summit by leaders of the G20 countries in Europe's financial capital.

  • Is Investing in Infrastructure Profitable? Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 3:40 AM ET
    Is Investing in Olympic Infrastructure Profitable?

    Stuart Corbyn chairman of Qatari Diar Delancy, told CNBC, "we have made this investment because we believe it is a worthwhile investment in the long-term, it is an exciting area and it will be even more exciting in the years gone by."

  • London Looks for Men With Rhythm Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 4:40 AM ET
    London 2012 Looking for Men With Rhythm

    Anchors Steve Sedgwick and Geoff Cutmore display their rhythmic skills ahead of London 2012.

  • Visitors Flock to Londoners' Homes Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:47 AM ET
    London Homeowners Cash in On Olympic Visitors

    Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO at One Fine Stay, told CNBC, "we describe ourselve as being half way between a boutique hotel and a holiday letting agency, in a sense that we take peoples private homes while they are out of town and make them available as an alternative to a hotel for visitors into the city."

  • Olympics Energy Firm Sees Growth Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 3:45 AM ET
    Olympic Energy Company Aggreko Sees Another Year of Good Growth for 2012

    Rupert Soames, CEO of Aggreko, told CNBC, "Europe did better than one might think, our revenues in continental Europe were up 12 percent, but as a group the underlying revenue growth was up 22 percent because we had a huge year in 2010 for major sporting events."