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Saturday 20 December 2014
In a new twist in the Sony hack story, North Korea has apparently extended an olive branch to US offering to help investigate the attack.
Saturday 20 December 2014
Next year's general election could prove tougher for Ukip than the current opinion polls suggest, according to new research from Plymouth University.
Saturday 20 December 2014
This year low interest rates have seen investors who bet on traditional investments receive returns tantamount to chickenfeed. Perhaps we should have given up before we'd all even started?
Saturday 20 December 2014
In a dramatic reversal of policy, Sony Pictures has announced that it is investigating ways to play The Interview, the North Korea comedy film starring Seth Rogan and James Franco.
Instagram
Friday 19 December 2014
Instagram exceeded Twitter in terms of daily users last month; now it looks like that has trickled through to its valuation.   
Friday 19 December 2014
The FBI confirmed today that a massive data breach at Sony's movie production arm was, indeed, rooted in North Korea.
Man wearing novelty glass with "stop spying" written on them
Friday 19 December 2014
It's dangerous territory, some smart-arse proffering a crystal ball projection of the future.   
Tesco
Friday 19 December 2014
Tesco's share price is on the rise.    The beleagued supermarket was up four per cent at pixel time, making it the best performing stock on the FTSE 100 so far today.   
Friday 19 December 2014
The ecigarette revolution has taken the world of public health by storm.
A full supermarket trolley
Friday 19 December 2014
Although at first glance any shift in the share of the grocery market seems slim, the changes that have taken place over the last two years tell an interesting story.  
Pugachev and Putin
Friday 19 December 2014
Vladimir Putin's former "banker" has lost a $2bn (£1.3bn) legal battle in the UK courts.
Santas congregate en masse outside the Bank of England
Friday 19 December 2014
Is this a Christmas miracle, or merely a sign of a touch of festive merriment among investors?
Friday 19 December 2014
During his regular phone in with LBC radio Nigel Farage gave it business secretary Vince Cable with both barrels. The Ukip leader slammed the Lid Dem cabinet minister saying we've got a "Marxist in charge of the business department".
Not much better than last year: public sector borrowing
Friday 19 December 2014
If this is austerity, it’s austerity light.
Philip Clarke looking stressed
Friday 19 December 2014
This year has had its fair share of disasters - from the Co-op’s continued struggles to Tesco’s melting share price.  
Nigel Farage
Friday 19 December 2014
It's been a bumper year for the "people's army", storming to victory in the European elections and capturing its first seats in Westminster. 
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.   
Puri n rouble
Friday 19 December 2014
Even as the rouble continues its inexorable decline, hand in hand with global oil prices, EU leaders are refusing to budge over sanctions on Russia.
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.
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.

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