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Bitcoins
Monday 18 August 2014
Bitcoin has crashed to below $500 for the first time since May, dipping as low as $309 on BTC-e, the world’s third-largest Bitcoin exchange. The “flash crash” put an end to a relatively stable period for Bitcoin.  
Monday 18 August 2014
New research suggests the UK's rise in obesity has not been caused by, as many have suggested, high-fat foods and sugary drinks but by a lack of physical activity.
Fruit and vegetables
Monday 18 August 2014
Fruit and vegetable growers in the European Union will receive emergency funding worth 125m euros from the European Commission.   
Houses in London
Monday 18 August 2014
London’s rental market has inflated at record speed in recent years as high house prices prevented swathes of potential first-time buyers from taking the leap.
Monday 18 August 2014
Uber has received some welcome news from Berlin's Administrative Court.
Julian Assange
Monday 18 August 2014
1. The taxpayer has spent £6.5m on police officers stationed outside the Ecuadorian embassy during his two-year stay, to arrest him should he try to leave.  
Julian Assange
Monday 18 August 2014
October 2006 – Assange sets up Wikileaks as a platform for anonymous whistleblowers.    
Monday 18 August 2014
David Cameron has announced that government policy will soon be subject to a "family test".
North Sea oil and gas
Monday 18 August 2014
A new report suggests that forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) for North Sea oil and gas revenues have been significantly underestimated.  
Vladimir Putin
Monday 18 August 2014
Exports and imports between the Eurozone and Russia have plummeted in the period January to May, figures from Eurostat revealed today.  
Monday 18 August 2014
Forbes magazine has given London's stellar reputation as a global capital of business, finance, culture another boost by naming it the world's most influential city.
Iraqi kurd fighters
Monday 18 August 2014
David Cameron has said Britain is “not going to get involved in another war in Iraq”.  
Monday 18 August 2014
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed plans to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, after widespread rumours he was planning to give himself up.
Sam Walsh
Monday 18 August 2014
Rio Tinto has announced that it is reviewing all options for its 53.8 per cent stake in Bougainville Copper Limited.  
Houses in UK
Monday 18 August 2014
UK housebuilder Bovis Homes has experienced a 166 per cent rise in profit following a strong demand for new homes.   
Mo Farah
Monday 18 August 2014
After a record-breaking Commonwealth Games for England, Scotland and Wales, the athletes of Great Britain banded together to repeat the feat at last week's European Athletics Championships in Zurich.
George Osbourne & Mark Carney
Monday 18 August 2014
City MP Mark Field last night questioned the independence of the Bank of England, sensationally suggesting that governor Mark Carney and chancellor George Osborne had made a pact that would ensure interest rates remained at their historic low unti
Monday 18 August 2014
RUSSIAN and Ukrainian ministers are to meet in Berlin today to discuss a possible ceasefire, at talks which will also be attended by ministers from France and Germany.
Monday 18 August 2014
London house prices are falling for a third month in a row, according to a major property site, the latest sign of a groundswell of sellers flooding the market.  
Monday 18 August 2014
If Scotland votes "Yes" to independence on 18 September, it will be leaving the UK forever with no opportunity to rejoin, Danny Alexander has warned.
Monday 18 August 2014
The White House said yesterday that President Barack Obama had authorised US air strikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam, which had been held by Islamic State (IS) Sunni jihadis.
Monday 18 August 2014
BRITISH footwear brand Dr Martens has poached the European boss of rival shoe company Deckers Outdoor to become its new chief executive.
Monday 18 August 2014
NORTHERN Rock has called on a US judge to advance its case against Swiss bank UBS, which it is trying to sue over a portfolio of mortgage loans the British lender bought in the years be­fore the financial crash.
Monday 18 August 2014
Embattled insurance firm Quindell will face investors this week as it reports its first set of results since its shares were hit by US short seller Gotham City Research in April, an unsuccessful premium London listing in June, and swirling doubts
Monday 18 August 2014
MARFRIG, the Brazilian owner of food giant Moy Park, is exploring plans for a London public offering of the firm which could value the poultry producer at £1bn.
Balfour Beatty jacket
Monday 18 August 2014
The saga of a potential £3bn mega-merger between construction giants Carillion and Balfour Beatty has entered its endgame, with Carillion considering its options to entice its rival as the clock ticks down on the chances of a deal.
Monday 18 August 2014
Britons made almost 7bn online banking transactions last year, according to figures published today from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). Internet banking use has surged by 40 per cent since 2009, the numbers show.
Monday 18 August 2014
A MINISTER has hit back at a damning report which levels heavy criticism at the coalition for its record on female employment.
Monday 18 August 2014
BANKS’ anti-money laundering contractors have seen their pay rise by an average of 17 per cent in the past year, according to recruitment firm BrightPool.
Monday 18 August 2014
CHALLENGER bank Cambridge & Counties has reported its maiden profit two years after its launch.
Monday 18 August 2014
The confederation of British Industry (CBI) today announced the appointment of Rain Newton-Smith as the business group’s director of economics.
Monday 18 August 2014
UK high streets are getting less and less empty as the economic recovery continues, even as fewer shoppers actually head for shops.
Monday 18 August 2014
Geopolitical and major disease risks have had less effect than widely believed on the world economy, with supply chains at their least risky levels for a year and a half.
Monday 18 August 2014
Monarch Airlines is believed to be considering cutting around 1,000 jobs as part of a major strategic review as it seeks to revive its fortunes in a bid to take on low-cost rivals such as easyJet and Ryanair.
Monday 18 August 2014
SENIOR executives at RAC are set to share a windfall of up to £300m if the breakdown recovery service decides to push ahead with its expected float next month.
Monday 18 August 2014
Star fund manager Neil Woodford has taken a £7m stake in Purple­bricks.com, an online estate agency, in his new fund’s biggest investment in a private firm to date.
Monday 18 August 2014
THE CONSTRUCTION Products Association reported today that the sector saw strongest rate of growth in new work since the before the crisis during the second quarter.
Monday 18 August 2014
PROPERTY investment firm Forum Partners has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading serviced office providers to form a joint venture targeting commercial offices in central London.
Monday 18 August 2014
Travel website Lastminute.com is reportedly up for sale by its owner, US technology group Sabre Holdings.
Monday 18 August 2014
The annual American monetary policy gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyo­ming will get underway this week, Janet Yellen’s first as chair of the US Federal Reserve.
Monday 18 August 2014
■ The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, one of the US central bank’s regional arms, invented the annual economic symposium back in 1978.
Monday 18 August 2014
WEAK British firms failed to cash in on the global recovery in the second quarter, with dividends rising at well below the average rate across the world, Hen­derson Global Investors said today.
Monday 18 August 2014
More pubs now subscribe to BT Sport than Sky Sports, according to the former state monopoly, as its £2bn investment in building a sports TV empire continues.
Monday 18 August 2014
FEARS that Tesco may have to cut its £1bn dividend increased yesterday after a fresh warning from one of the supermarket’s activist investors.
Monday 18 August 2014
THE UK’s small and micro businesses are responding to the growing economy and are set to create 1.9m new jobs this year, each paying on average £14,405. The jobs could potentially add £27bn to the UK economy in small business wages.
Monday 18 August 2014
THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the body responsible for ensuring businesses stick to strict guidelines and protect their employees, is accused of impart­iality over the fees it charges to UK companies.
Monday 18 August 2014
A REPORT from a leading UK industry group has warned that political stalling and poor forward planning has dramatically hampered the country’s record as an attractive place to invest.
Monday 18 August 2014
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Monday 18 August 2014
THERE will be keen interest in the details of the latest set of MPC minutes, out on Wednesday. The main question will be: does the MPC remain unanimous in its stance, or was there some dissent for the first time against Mark Carney?

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