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David Cameron
Friday 19 December 2014
The government is poised to go on a PR campaign to win over critics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying advocates should “bust some myths” surrounding it.   
female soldiers
Friday 19 December 2014
The ban on women engaging in front-line combat could be lifted by 2016. A review of the ban carried out by the army decided that a lifting of the ban would not have a negative effect on the efficiency of front-line units.
the interview
Friday 19 December 2014
The Cyber attack on Sony is a “serious national security matter”, according to the White House.
Alisher Usmanov
Friday 19 December 2014
It’s not often you find London football fans taking an interest in the Russian stock market.
Kings Cross
Friday 19 December 2014
Construction group Carillion is the preferred bidder to win a lucrative contract to produce three “prestigious” buildings as part of the Kings Cross regeneration.   
mike ashley
Friday 19 December 2014
Just days after the Scottish Football Association served Rangers with complaints over Mike Ashley’s influence at the club, Derek Llambias, a long-standing acquaintance of the Newcastle United owner, has been appointed chief executive.
Friday 19 December 2014
Outsourcing firm Serco has finally received some good news after a disastrous year. 
Friday 19 December 2014
European markets are expected to open higher on Friday following a good day for equities in in both Asia and the US. 
Friday 19 December 2014
Global stock markets shot up yesterday, eating into recent losses and giving investors hope of a traditional end-of-year Santa Rally.
Friday 19 December 2014
Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus yesterday revealed that it had knocked back an offer from international rival IAG, owner of British Airways.
Friday 19 December 2014
The remains of failed bank Landsbanki yesterday paid another £1.36bn to the UK government, returning money that the Treasury paid out during the financial crisis.
Friday 19 December 2014
A MAJOR shareholder in Canary Wharf Group has written to the board of its controlling company, Songbird Estates, urging it to accept the takeover offer from its Qatari suitors.
Friday 19 December 2014
ACTIVITY at Tesco’s huge distribution plant in Reading yesterday boosted the retailer’s hopes for a better end to its torrid 2014. In the lead up to Christmas, 13,000 staff are working around the clock at 28 distribution centres across the UK.
Friday 19 December 2014
LORD Myners yesterday called for more automation in the stock market flotation process, as well as more transparency, more research and a more flexible price range.
Friday 19 December 2014
The competition watchdog has threatened to launch an investigation into Pork Farms’ acquisition of rival Kerry Foods over fears that the new company will have its fingers in too many pies.   
Friday 19 December 2014
  The government received unexpected praise over Royal Mail’s float. But the City is being told to make some changes.   
Friday 19 December 2014
City grandee Sir Nigel Rudd is to become non-executive chairman of military and aerospace engineer Meggitt, leading the charge on a bumper day of chairmanship announcements.
Friday 19 December 2014
Former Shell chief executive Peter Voser will be joining Zurich-based power grid maker ABB as chairman, the firm announced yesterday.
Friday 19 December 2014
The former chairman of Irish Allied Bank, Dan O’Connor, is to join the board of International Personal Finance as a non-executive director at the start of next year.
Friday 19 December 2014
EMBATTLED energy group Drax has reached for a boost from former International Power chief Phil Cox, taking him on as chairman as its share price continues to dwindle.
Friday 19 December 2014
UK RETAIL sales growth surged to a 10-year high in November thanks to roaring trade on Black Friday weekend, when retailers offered discounts on thousands of products.
Friday 19 December 2014
CONFIDENCE among UK consumers has dipped in December, according to two new sets of survey data.
Friday 19 December 2014
THE CENTRAL bank of Switzerland – the Swiss National Bank (SNB) – dropped interest rates to minus 0.25 per cent yesterday.
Friday 19 December 2014
BRITONS had £11 more to spend per week in November than last year thanks to falling fuel and food prices and wages that have finally started to grow ahead of inflation.
Friday 19 December 2014
SHOPPERS are set to splurge £150m across London’s West End stores this weekend, as they make a last minute dash for Christmas presents.
Friday 19 December 2014
PROFITS at Britain’s leading firms are being dragged down by sustained pension fund deficits, thanks to falling bond yields, according to a study out today from Mercer.
Friday 19 December 2014
Investors surged into the London Stock Exchange (LSE) yesterday after the bourse reported “good progress” on building out its international business.
Friday 19 December 2014
PRODUCTIVITY in the UK is being held back by small firms’ reluctance to borrow, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) argued yesterday. Borrowing makes firms more likely to innovate, export and plan growth, the group said.
Friday 19 December 2014
  London house prices are set to stall in 2015, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said today.  
Friday 19 December 2014
THE EUROPEAN Central Bank (ECB) yesterday confirmed it would publish minutes of its monetary policy meetings from January’s meeting onwards.
Friday 19 December 2014
BUSINESS confidence in Germany – the Eurozone’s largest economy – has edged up, but remains at low levels.
Friday 19 December 2014
CONSTRUCTION output in the Eurozone increased by 1.3 per cent month-on-month in October.
Friday 19 December 2014
A NEW research paper from an International Monetary Fund economist entitled Das Public Kapital argues that higher public infrastructure investment in Germany would boost GDP by boosting demand in the short run and supply potential in the long run.
Friday 19 December 2014
NJJ CAPITAL, the private holdings firm of French telephone tycoon Xavier Niel, agreed yesterday to buy mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity firm Apax Partners in a SFr2.8bn (£1.8bn) deal.
Friday 19 December 2014
DRUG maker AstraZeneca rewarded the faith of investors in the company yesterday after its pioneering ovarian cancer drug was approved for use across Europe.
Friday 19 December 2014
  Shell announced the sale of parts of its Norwegian operations to Finnish energy firm St1 yesterday for an undisclosed fee, further divesting its downstream activities.   
Friday 19 December 2014
DEBT management firm Harrington Brooks yesterday agreed to pay customers £185,000 after its sluggish services added fees and interest costs to vulnerable borrowers. The firm was supposed to help struggling customers manage their debts.
Friday 19 December 2014
THIS CHRISTMAS, CITY A.M. IS PRESENTING FIVE OF ITS FAVOURITE CHARITIES TO INSPIRE READERS’ CHARITABLE GIVING – OUR FINAL CHARITY IS MACMILLAN
Friday 19 December 2014
  Professionals in London are increasingly likely to believe that a retirement age of 65 or below is too young, according to an Investec Private Bank study published yesterday.  
Friday 19 December 2014
LONDON’S West End is attracting new international luxury brands just days before Christmas. Yesterday Swiss watch-maker IWC Schaffhausen opened a two-storey shop on New Bond Street – the company’s first UK boutique.
Friday 19 December 2014
HOUSEBUILDING and construction group Galliford Try said yesterday it has won a contract with the Ministry of Defence to work on £250m worth of building projects in Scotland.
Friday 19 December 2014
Funds group Schroders has snapped up The University of Law campus in London’s Bloomsbury via two of its property funds for £68m.
Friday 19 December 2014
LONDONMETRIC is hoping to tap into the booming online retail market after agreeing to buy a warehouse let to The Hut Group for £47.5m.
Friday 19 December 2014
UK REIT NewRiver Retail yesterday said it has bought a portfolio of retail properties and a Lancashire shopping centre for £19m as it continues on its acquisition spree.
Friday 19 December 2014
SCANDINAVIAN airline SAS has announced a set of disappointing financial results for the fourth financial quarter and the full year.
Friday 19 December 2014
LEADING marine terminal operator DP World made the decision yesterday to delist its company from the London Stock Exchange after a nearly unanimous vote from shareholders.
Friday 19 December 2014
BYD Auto, a Chinese mass producer of electric powered cars, has encountered its largest ever single-day drop since its 2002 listing, as it fell by as much as 47 per cent in afternoon trade in Hong Kong. The stock ended down 29 per cent.
Friday 19 December 2014
FTI Consulting
Friday 19 December 2014
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Friday 19 December 2014
THE FTSE 100 enjoyed one of its best days of 2014 yesterday, as the US Federal Reserve’s pledge for a “patient approach” to any interest rate increase lifted stock markets around the world.

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