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Thursday 18 December 2014
  If the deal with XL Group goes through, Catlin boss Stephen Catlin will take on the role of executive deputy chairman at the new combined firm.  
Thursday 18 December 2014
EUROZONE inflation fell to 0.3 per cent in November, in line with previous estimates.
Thursday 18 December 2014
BANK of England policy makers voted seven to two to hold interest rates at the beginning of December.
Thursday 18 December 2014
MySale shares recovered some lost ground yesterday after one of the founders of the flash sales website pledged to buy £3m shares following a profit warning which wiped £150m off its market value.
Thursday 18 December 2014
THE UK high street will have its busiest shopping day of the year two days before Christmas, with Visa Europe predicting spending to peak at £1.3bn for the day.
Thursday 18 December 2014
DIXONS Carphone boss Sebastian James said Black Friday was the new Boxing Day, after feverish demand for cut-price televisions and gadgets turned the American-made sales event into its busiest shopping day ever.
Thursday 18 December 2014
Sky's reliance on Premier League football rights was highlighted again yesterday after a leading broker reiterated its “sell” rating on the company by reminding investors about the significance of the sporting contract to the company’s future.
Thursday 18 December 2014
HEDGE fund Man Group ploughed on with its US acquisition spree yesterday after paying $23.5m in cash for small fund manager Silvermine Cap Management.
Thursday 18 December 2014
BRITISH private equity group Cabot Square Capital yesterday bought consumer credit firm BPN Credito from the Portuguese government.
Thursday 18 December 2014
THE MINISTRY of Defence (MoD) has sold its repair and maintenance unit Defence Support Group (DSG) to Babcock for £140m.
Thursday 18 December 2014
A THIRD of all UK properties currently on the market have seen their asking prices lowered at least once since being put up for sale, research from British property website Zoopla revealed yesterday.
Thursday 18 December 2014
AK Steel Holding expects shipments to jump 37 per cent to 2m tons in the current quarter, helped by acquisitions and strong auto-industry demand.
Thursday 18 December 2014
CHINESE internet giant Baidu confirmed yesterday it is buying a stake in fast-growing international car-hailing service Uber as the pair chase growth in one of the world’s largest transportation markets.
Thursday 18 December 2014
FEDEX yesterday posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings as results at its FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight units missed estimates, and it reiterated an outlook analysts consider conservative, sending its stock down nearly five per cent.
Thursday 18 December 2014
INSURANCE firm Saga issued a trading update yesterday and confirmed that the company’s new chief financial officer will take up his role in April 2015.
Thursday 18 December 2014
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Thursday 18 December 2014
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Thursday 18 December 2014
ENERGY and mining stocks rallied to help the UK’s top share index end slightly higher after a sharp decline earlier in the session, buoyed by a recovery in crude oil and industrial metals prices.
Thursday 18 December 2014
THE S&P 500 scored its best result since October 2013 yesterday, as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The Federal Reserve's policy statement shows it's inching closer to an interest rate hike. Here are some of the key takes.
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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Man Group, a London-listed hedge fund manager, will buy Connecticut-based Silvermine Capital Management for $70m (£45m).
President Obama
Wednesday 17 December 2014
US President Barack Obama has just announced the end of the longest-standing trade sanctions in US history, as part of a ground-breaking thaw in relations with Cuba.   
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Following days of losses, the rouble strengthened against the dollar this afternoon after Russia's central bank outlined a range of measures to boost the countrys ailing banking sector.
George Osborne
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The chancellor has announced the government will sell more shares in Lloyds Banking Group within the next six months.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Shares in insurer Catlin whizzed up 10 per cent today after the group said it is in talks with XL Group over a possible takeover which would value it at $3.9bn (£2.5bn).
The Queen
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Bookmakers Coral has suspended betting on whether the Queen will announce her abdication in her Christmas Day broadcast after a number of “unusual” bets were placed today.   
Oil field
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The precipitous fall in the oil price has resulted in sharp declines in share prices around the world, but the long-term effect of a lower oil price is to reduce the amount of cash in the pockets of oil producers and increase the amount availabl
Analyst, relaxing
Wednesday 17 December 2014
What skills got people hired in 2014? LinkedIn has dug through its data for this year and found what gets employers salivating.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Britain's small businesses are missing huge opportunities by failing to adapt adequately to the digital age, according to research published today.
London sunbather
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The year ahead looks likely to be the warmest on record – with data going back to the Victorian era - according to the Met Office.   
Wednesday 17 December 2014
A 19-bedroom Mayfair mansion that's just been sold with an asking price of £45m may have just made the government £5.3m.
Dov Charney
Wednesday 17 December 2014
American Apparel has finally said farewell to its founder and former chief executive Dov Charney, and appointed its first female chief executive in his place.  
wages and inflation
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Unemployment is down again, but the real news is that wages sneaked above inflation in October, back when inflation was up at 1.3 per cent.
Rupert Murdoch
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The figures
Vladimir Putin
Wednesday 17 December 2014
It’s Christmas. The time of year when we’re all supposed to be a little more caring, charitable and considerate of those not feeling so swell.  
Parliament
Wednesday 17 December 2014
MPs rarely set the moral standard for the rest of us with fraudulent expenses claims, licentious behaviour and tasteless tweets galore.
People queueing for a job post
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Is this a Christmas miracle? After six years of decidedly lacklustre wage growth, the Office for National Statistics' final labour report of the year has shown wage growth is finally beginning to pick up some speed.
Kalanick at the signing ceremony
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Internet giant Baidu - the Chinese equivalent of Google - has confirmed plans to buy a stake in Uber.
Sharon White
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Ofcom has appointed Treasury official Sharon White as its new chief executive.   
British paratrooper
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Babcock, the company charged with decommissioning Britain’s aging nuclear power plants, has bought the Defence Support Group (DSG) for £140m.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Tui Travel has completed its merger with its German parent company Tui AG. Tui AG shares will be admitted to the London Stock Exchange with effect from 8:00am. From today, Tui AG shares will also trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Carphone warehouse
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Dixons Carphone has got off to a good start.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
European markets are expected to open stronger after a rebound in Asian equities. Yesterday the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its confidence in the US economy.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Russia's economic situation spiralled out of control yesterday as its central bank’s shock decision to raise interest rates to 17 per cent failed to prevent a further collapse in the rouble.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Departing City watchdog Clive Adamson yesterday told MPs that a botched media leak from earlier this year was the “most serious incident” the regulator has ever faced.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
INFLATION in the UK has dropped to its lowest figure for over a decade and economists believe it will decline further still.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Roberto Quarta has told the industrial group IMI that he will step down as chairman by the middle of next year in order to take up a similar role at WPP, the marketing services giant.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
RUSSIA’S currency crisis, dubbed Black Tuesday, yesterday sparked memories of the UK’s own foray into drastic rate hikes – when sterling crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).
Wednesday 17 December 2014
WILLIAM Hague has set out plans to introduce English votes for English laws, under further devolution of powers to regions of the UK.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
A vigil was held last night by Pakistani female activists of the Muttahida Qaumi movement in memory of the victims of a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar.

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