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Greggs the Baker
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Pasty purveyor Greggs came in for a social media battering today after it emerged that someone had messed with the baker's logo.   
Commuters buying tickets
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Rail fares are set to rise by at least 3.5 per cent next year pegged against July's inflation figures announced this morning.
School meals - no such thing as a free lunch
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The government's free school meals policy has come under fire from the Local Government Association (LGA) after new research showed councils were having to divert money from other budgets to make good on the promise.  
Homes in Chelsea
Tuesday 19 August 2014
House price hysteria has calmed slightly with prices rising by a marginally more modest 10.2 per cent in the year to June, compared with 10.4 per cent in May, official figures showed today.  
Ferguson, Missouri
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The St Louis suburb of Ferguson is now in its 10th day of violence following the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, with the US government deploying the national guard and imposing a curfew on residents. 
Child drawing
Tuesday 19 August 2014
It's nature, not nurture. How well a four-year-old is able to draw pictures of another child is directly linked to their hereditary intelligence, according to scientists at Kings College London.   
IPad with Hanx Writer app
Tuesday 19 August 2014
As if starring in multi-million dollar movies and winning Oscars wasn’t enough, the multi-talented actor Tom Hanks has turned his hand to app creation and is enjoying just as much success.
CRH
Tuesday 19 August 2014
CRH, the Irish building materials group, has announced a 27 per cent increase in earnings for the first six months of the year.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to support the Baltic states against a possible Russian threat but refused to commit to the deployment of ground troops.
Iron ore mine in Australia
Tuesday 19 August 2014
BHP Billiton, the world’s second-largest miner, has confirmed plans to spin off some of its assets into a new metals and mining company worth $14bn (£8.38bn), effectively undoing the 2001 merger that created it.   
Bank of England
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Official figures published this morning showed the consumer prices index, the government's pet measure of inflation, fell to 1.6 per cent in the year to July, down from 1.9 per cent in June and way below the 1.8 per cent expected by analysts.
Houses on street
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Persimmon is the latest housebuilder to benefit from the UK's housing market recovery, reporting a sharp rise in profit before tax for the six months to 30 June.   
Margaret Hodge
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Parliament's public spending watchdog has accused the Department of Work and Pensions of hiding failings of the government's universal credit reform in a report published today.   
Cigarette
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Imperial Tobacco Group says it remains on track to acquire key U.S cigarette brands, as it reported a slight decline in nine-month revenue this morning.  
Mark Carney
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Bank of England governor Mark Carney will be quizzed by MPs next month over whether he has faced any political pressure to keep interest rates at their historic low.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
BRITAIN’S second largest pub group yesterday launched a £2.3bn debt re­structuring proposal, largely unchanged from the one announced in June and aims to reduce Punch’s debt by £600m, now with the support of 65 per cent of its lenders.
Tesco petrol station
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Britain's leading supermarkets have fired the latest salvo in a fuel price war after slashing prices at their pumps today in a bid to win over customers ahead of the Bank Holiday.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
EUROZONE fruit and vegetable farmers hit by the Russian govern­ment’s food sanctions are set for a payout, with Brussels pledging €125m (£99.9m) in compensation to those affected yesterday.
David Cameron
Tuesday 19 August 2014
David Cameron has ruled out UK forces joining the American-led military offensive in Iraq, warning: “We’re not going to be putting boots on the ground, we’re not going to be sending in the British army”.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Germany's administrative court yesterday overturned a ban on taxi and mini-cab hire app Uber.
Balfour Beatty jacket
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The long battle over a possible £3bn mega-merger between Carillion and Balfour Beatty took another turn last night, as Balfour was believed to be in advanced negotiations to sell its US business Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) to a Canadian bidder, addi
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Consultants at PwC hid information from regulators on Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi’s efforts to falsify records of sanction breaking, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said yesterday, issuing a $25m (£14.9m).
Barton Moss gas fracking exploration facility
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Ineos has joined the dash to frack with the acquisition of a 51 per cent share of the Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL), as the company looks to take part in the nascent shale gas industry in the UK.
Aston Martin factory
Tuesday 19 August 2014
UK factories are in a sweet spot, according to a report on global industrial conditions released this morning, with companies re-shoring to an increasingly competitive UK manufacturing sector.
Mark Carney and George Osborne
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Tim Wallace takes a look at the evolving relationship between the Treasury and the Bank of England.  
Stephen Billingham
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Stephen Billingham knew his time at Punch Taverns wouldn’t be a walk in the park, in fact he says that was exactly why he came: “I enjoy doing interesting things, these challenges are part of the appeal to come in and get involved.”
Bovis Homes
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Bovis Homes revealed a 166 per cent leap in first half pre-tax profits as Britain’s buoyant property market helped the housebuilder to sell a record number of homes.
JetCards
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The UK’s strengthening economy and corporates’ increased willingness to use private jets have helped Air Partner to sell more than £5m worth of its JetCards in the first six months of the year – more than double the amount they sold for the whole
Nationwide
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Nationwide's profits more than doubled in the first quarter of its 2014 financial year, the building society said yesterday. But its mortgage lending volumes were hit hard as tougher new rules came into force in April.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The Chinese property market’s slowdown is starting to alarm analysts, with more cities now reporting falling prices than at any time since at least a decade ago.
hail storm
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Lloyd's of London insurer Amlin saw its pre-tax profit fall eight per cent for the first half of 2014, with a strong pound and higher than usual catastrophe losses behind the dip.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
HARI SIVAKUMARAN ORIEL SECURITIES
Tuesday 19 August 2014
LUKE Savage will be putting his briefcase down at a new desk today, as he begins his role as finance director at Standard Life.
EE homepage
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Mobile operator EE was crowned the UK’s best performing mobile network, according to an independent study out today.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The pay gap between men and women is an astonishing £9,096 on average per year, or 23 per cent, according to new figures released today.
Deutsche Bundesbank HQ
Tuesday 19 August 2014
A clash between the major Euro­zone economies over the currency union’s fiscal rules is looming, according to one of the leading Ger­man politicians in Angela Mer­kel’s party.
Francois Hollande
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The French government’s admission that it will not be able to reach its deficit targets for the year is a negative signal for the Eurozone, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s.
Mayfair in London
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Middle Eastern buyers have been ramping up their presence in the capital and now account for half of all purchases of £10m-plus homes in Mayfair each year, new figures released yesterday show.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
PROPERTY giant Lend Lease said yesterday it had handed over the last phase of homes at East Village, which once housed athletes during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, to the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
INEOS has joined the dash to frack with the acquisition of a 51 per cent share of the Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL), as the company looks to take part in the nascent shale gas industry being promoted in the UK.
smartphone
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Venture capital (VC) funds Index Ventures and North West Fund topped a list of the most active venture investors in UK-based tech firms since 2009, according to data from CB Insights.  
Tuesday 19 August 2014
A surge in the number of Britons booking their next holiday abroad helped online retail sales bounce back in July after a disappointing first half of the year.
Fairmont St Andrews
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate, the US-managed property fund that raised £1bn through a London float earlier this year, has snapped up a luxury 520-acre golf resort in St Andrews, Scotland for £32.4m.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
A MINE in Papua New Guinea owned by Rio Tinto that has been closed for a quarter of a century following a violent uprising in the country is under review, as the massive mining company considers its options for the site with the possibility of a s
Mercedes-Benz
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Mercedes-Benz has taken a hit to its activities in China after anti-monopoly authorities in the country judged the luxury car maker to be guilty of overcharging Chinese consumers for spare parts.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
A MAJOR find of up to 300m barrels of oil off the coast of Australia was announced yesterday by US based oil company Apache Corporation, rep­resen­t­ing potentially one of the big­gest oil discoveries there in around 30 years.
Interstate 75/State Route 70 interchange in Manatee County, Florida
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The share price of WS Atkins was boosted yesterday after the engineering, design and project management company announced it would sell its Polish business to Norwegian consultancy and design business Multiconsult AS.
Kea Petroleum website
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Oil and gas explorer Kea Petroleum’s shares plummeted over 66 per cent in one day, following an announcement that it would plug and abandon its Puka-3 well after poor results from drilling conducted at the site.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Turner & Townsend
Tuesday 19 August 2014
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