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Thursday 11 September 2014
THE FRENCH government will miss its borrowing targets again this year, the state conceded yesterday. It now expects to run a deficit of 4.4 per cent of GDP, up from a previous pledge to borrow 3.8 per cent.
Thursday 11 September 2014
The boss of Britain’s largest housebuilder Barratt Developments warned yesterday that a shortage of skilled workers could prevent the country from delivering the homes needed to tackle housing crisis as the company reported a doubling of full-year
Thursday 11 September 2014
THE GLOBAL economy is still very weak and markets should not get over-excited just because the UK is performing strong, Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned yesterday.
Thursday 11 September 2014
BANK of England policymakers disagreed yesterday over the chance of a rise in wages over the coming months. Martin Weale told MPs he voted for an interest rate rise last month because indicators suggest wages will rise soon.
Thursday 11 September 2014
BANK OF THE YEAR This year may be remembered as the year the banking sector started to fight back against the regulators after years in the doldrums post the financial crisis.
Thursday 11 September 2014
FOOTBALL giant Manchester United saw its revenues rise to a record level in 2014, but poor results on the pitch are likely to cut earnings by nearly £50m in 2015, the club warned yesterday.
Thursday 11 September 2014
Veronique Laury set to become only one of five female FTSE 100 chief executives
Thursday 11 September 2014
KINGFISHER chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire announced yesterday he was to leave after seven years at the helm, having doubled pre-tax profits at the DIY chain and helped to steer it out of the recession.
Thursday 11 September 2014
If you are a regular traveller on the 16:46 from Lon­don Euston to Crewe and are wondering why you never get a seat, it’s because you are on the most crowded train service in Britain.
Thursday 11 September 2014
MTV-OWNER Viacom has completed its £450m takeover of Channel 5, ending the auction process of the UK broadcaster which began last year.
Thursday 11 September 2014
LONDON Stock Exchange share­holders yesterday backed its biggest ever acquisition after voting through the £1.6bn acquisition of Russell Investments.
Thursday 11 September 2014
SHARES in British Sky Broadcasting fell slightly in trading yesterday after it priced £3.25bn of euro- and US dollar-denominated bonds to help it buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland.
Thursday 11 September 2014
SPORTS retailer Sports Direct yesterday reported rising sales and profit for the last three months, despite a soft patch during England’s poor World Cup run.
Thursday 11 September 2014
YESTERDAY’S desperate round of campaigning in Scotland by the main Westminster party leaders might have offered a boost – but not to those they wanted to vote No to independence.
Thursday 11 September 2014
British pub and breweries group Greene King announced yesterday that it expected sales in its core managed division to improve over the remainder of the year, after a disappointing 0.4 per cent growth in the first quarter due to the impact of Engl
Thursday 11 September 2014
US DISCOUNTER Dollar General yesterday went hostile in its $9.1bn (£5.64bn) bid for rival Family Dollar, making a direct approach to its shareholders after twice being shunned.
Thursday 11 September 2014
Cost cutting at chocolate maker Thorntons helped it report a 60 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profit. Pre-tax profits for the year to 28 June rose to £7.5m, compared with £4.7m last year.
Thursday 11 September 2014
DOUGHNUT retailer Krispy Kreme yesterday reported that its quarterly earnings rose 22 per cent as it posted stronger revenue, driven by sales at locations open more than 18 months.
Thursday 11 September 2014
A fall in both house sales and mortgage approvals in August has backed growing evidence that the booming property market is at last slowing.
Thursday 11 September 2014
Skanska has been chosen as preferred bidder to redevelop the Battersea Power Station building, it emerged yesterday, in a major coup for the Swedish construction firm.
Thursday 11 September 2014
WINKWORTH has revealed a strong increase in sales in the last half year as the UK property market soared.
Thursday 11 September 2014
German venture capital firm and startup incubator Rocket Internet yesterday unveiled plans for a stock market listing in Germany that could value the company behind dozens of online start-ups at €5bn (£4bn), riding a wave of e-commerce flotations.
Thursday 11 September 2014
SOUTH African mining giant Anglo­Gold Ashanti yesterday announ­ced plans to raise $2.1bn (£1.3bn) in a rights issue and spin its international assets into a new London-listed company.
Thursday 11 September 2014
ITALIAN supercar maker Ferrari yesterday announced the resign­ation of chairman Luca di Montezemolo. The move brought to an end “23 unforgettable years”, he said yesterday.
Thursday 11 September 2014
TOBACCO giant Philip Morris International yesterday announced a 6.4 per cent boost in its dividend and the appointment of three new directors to its board.
Thursday 11 September 2014
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Thursday 11 September 2014
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Thursday 11 September 2014
BRITAIN’s top equity index made little progress yesterday as a fall in the shares of chipmaker ARM and uncertainty over Scotland’s independence vote next week pegged back the market.
Thursday 11 September 2014
A REBOUND in Apple shares yesterday helped push US stocks higher, breaking the market’s two-day string of losses.
Scottish and British flag
Thursday 11 September 2014
Lloyds Banking Group will move its official headquarters out of Scotland if the country votes for independence in next week’s referendum.
London view from shard
Wednesday 10 September 2014
120,000 passengers on London trains are forced to spend the rush hour commute to work standing- a fifth of the 545,000 passengers coming through the capital every morning.
Micaheal O'Leary next to picture of Ryanair plane
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Ryanair has said improvements to customer service- which was largely non-existent before boss Michael O’Leary’s change of heart about his no-frills approach- has increased the number of passengers per flight by at least six compared to l
David Cameron in front of audience
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The latest polling might make political leaders breath a sigh of relief in the lead up to next week’s Scottish independence referendum.
Tim Cook in front of screen with picture of wallet
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Forget the thinner iPhone and the pretty watches, the most interesting thing to be unveiled by Apple at its big event yesterday was Apple Pay.
Graphene
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Scientists at the Aix-Marseille University in France have created the “cousin” of super-conductor graphene.  
Louis van Gaal & staff
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Manchester United's share price fell three per cent in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange, suggesting investors are not immediately impressed with the club's record annual revenue of £433m.  
the disputed Diaoyu / Senkaku islands
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Their leaders' bickering over the Senkaku islands and a long history of conflict have taken their toll: the majority of China now expects a war with Japan at some point in the future.
Ana Botín
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Ana Botín has been appointed to lead Banco Santander after her father, Emilio Botín, died of a heart attack last night. The move makes her arguably Europe's most powerful female banker.
iPod
Wednesday 10 September 2014
In the midst of all the fuss about Apple's new launches, the tech giant appears to have quietly killed off its genre-busting iPod Classic nearly 15 years after its creation.  
Scottish flag
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The Better Together campaign should focus on the greater powers it would give Scotland over social welfare  as part of its 11th-hour devo max offer, a new report has said.   
UK flag
Wednesday 10 September 2014
With the polls tightening and the possibility of a break-up of the United Kingdom looking ever more credible, politicians and investors are weighing up the possible consequences of a Yes vote.
Francois Hollande
Wednesday 10 September 2014
France has admitted that it is not going to make its budget deficit target until 2017. 
London skyline
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Not enough jobs are being created in the G20 economies, and this is hindering prospects for economic growth according to a report by the OECD, I
Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The two faces of the Scottish independence campaigns got their final chance to go head-to-head today - on women's networking site Mumsnet.
Scotland
Wednesday 10 September 2014
English and Welsh people believe Scots will vote for independence a new report shows, as the Better Together campaign flounders in the final week before the polls open. 
Ed Woodward
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward believes the club are in a strong position to capitalise on the growing popularity of football in the US.
BP
Wednesday 10 September 2014
BP has become the latest FTSE 100 company to nail its colours to the mast and argue for a No vote in Scotland's independence referendum on September 18.
OECD report educational mobility
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Fourteen per cent of English adults aged 25-64 are less educated than their parents, according to a new study.
London
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The threat of a mansion tax still looms large over the prime London housing market - despite the fact it could end up cutting the amount of tax paid to the government, according to research from property consultancy Savills.
Manchester United
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Manchester United may have endured a turbulent time on the pitch last season, but off it, they continued to make remarkable progress.

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