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Monday 21 July 2014
Confidence in the UK’s recovery is accelerating at the fastest pace in the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, spreading from the parts of the country that growth reached earlier.   
Monday 21 July 2014
UK DIVIDENDS increased at their slowest rate for three years last quarter, pulled down by the strength of sterling, a report out today says.
money
Monday 21 July 2014
UK disposable incomes have risen by just £1 per week in the last year, according to gloomy figures released by Asda this morning.
Monday 21 July 2014
BARCLAYS may be forced to ask the US authorities for more time to look into allegations it misled investors using its dark pool trading platform, City A.M. understands.
Monday 21 July 2014
FOREIGN exchange traders are facing a criminal probe as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is set to open an investigation into the market, it emerged yesterday.
Monday 21 July 2014
FORD plans to launch Transit vans in the USA next year, to replace the Econoline van series sold in the US since 1961.
Rupert Murdoch
Monday 21 July 2014
BSkyB is reportedly finalising plans to take over its sister companies in Italy and Germany in a deal that could be sealed in coming weeks.
Nigel Bramwell
Monday 21 July 2014
London-based low cost data roaming service Voiamo has agreed a pan-European deal with Europe’s largest consumer electronics chain, Media Markt.
Saltire
Monday 21 July 2014
An independent Scotland cannot continue to use the pound without terrible consequences for it and for the rest of the UK, the Scottish affairs committee of MPs claimed today.
Monday 21 July 2014
Unipart Automotive, the car parts supplier facing imminent bankruptcy, may hope for a late reprieve as investment firm R Capital is believed to be looking to buy the company.
Beats headphones
Monday 21 July 2014
US private equity firm KKR, the owner of Boots, is set to take a major stake in online retailer The Hut Group, its first foray into the burgeoning online fashion market.
TGI Friday’s
Monday 21 July 2014
A sale of TGI Friday’s UK restaurants is under consideration by its owners, Sentinel Capital and TriArtisan Partners, just two months after they bought the restaurant chain.
shopper with bags
Monday 21 July 2014
Retailers recorded a decline in footfall for the third month running in June, despite the strength of the economic recovery, with London’s shops reporting the steepest decline.
Rupert Pearce
Monday 21 July 2014
Inmarsat boss Rupert Pearce explains the firm’s mission.  
Monday 21 July 2014
RJ REYNOLDS Tobacco Company plans to appeal against a US court order to pay $23.6bn (£13.8bn) to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
Monday 21 July 2014
ONE OF China’s largest outdoor clothing brands, whose board members include former Sportingbet chief Nigel Payne, has announced plans today for a £40m float on London’s junior market.
Monday 21 July 2014
MEMBERS of the Quindell Shareholder Action Group voted in support of the firm in a poll this weekend.
Monday 21 July 2014
INDIAN conglomerate Reliance Industries posted a 13.7 per cent jump in net profit to $1bn (£590m) for the first quarter of the financial year, thanks to an improved performance in its oil and gas exploration division.
Monday 21 July 2014
Laing O’Rourke
Monday 21 July 2014
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Monday 21 July 2014
THE first estimate of gross domestic product data for the second quarter is likely to be closely watched after hints of a rate rise later this year.
Monday 21 July 2014
VOLATILITY spiked last week after the tragedy of a downed civilian jetliner in Ukraine and the mounting death toll in Gaza and Israel interrupted the summer trading slumber.
MH 17 crash site
Sunday 20 July 2014
Pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin intensified as the international horror over the treatment of the bodies at the crash site of the downed MH17 Malaysia Airlines jet deepened. 
Qatar construction site
Sunday 20 July 2014
The Qatari government has approved measures to ameliorate the treatment of foreign workers in the Gulf state following the revelations that laid bare the suffering of migrant labourers employed on World Cup 2022 related infrastructure projects.
Rory Mcllroy British Open Championship
Sunday 20 July 2014
Rory Mcllroy has just capped a stunning display to win the British Open Championship, becoming the the third youngest golfer in history after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to have won three major championships.
Forex
Sunday 20 July 2014
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is preparing to launch a criminal investigation into manipulation of the foreign exchange market (forex) in the UK, the FT
Jean-Claude Juncker
Sunday 20 July 2014
The European Commission has declined to comment on reports that its new president Jean-Claude Juncker would be "sympathetic" to an independent Scotland joining the European Union.
Philip Hammond
Sunday 20 July 2014
New foreign secretary Philip Hammond confirmed today that he would still vote to leave the European Union if there was no change in the UK's relationship with Brussels. 
Cameron and Putin
Sunday 20 July 2014
The UK, France and Germany have agreed that foreign ministers should “be ready” to impose additional sanctions on Russia when they meet on Tuesday next week, unless access to the crash site of flight MH17 is increased.  
Kenneth Clarke
Sunday 20 July 2014
Kenneth Clarke has warned that the UK economy is “fragile” and vulnerable to shocks.   
Wind Farm
Sunday 20 July 2014
The UK's foreign direct investment (FDI) stock was greater than that any of its European neighbours last year, according to a government report.  
RJ Reynolds
Sunday 20 July 2014
RJ Reynolds says it will fight a court order to pay $23.6bn (£13.8bn) to a woman whose husband died of lung cancer in 1996.  
Sold sign outside house
Saturday 19 July 2014
The number of first-time buyers purchasing their own home is now at its highest since pre-crisis 2007 with 144,500 first-time buyers jumping on to the property ladder in the first half of the year- a 25 per cent rise on the same period in 2013.
TSB high street sign
Saturday 19 July 2014
TSB has expressed an interest in buying the mortgage portfolio from Britain’s so-called bad bank, made up of the remains of Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley, for £1.4bn according to
Flowers outside Dutch embassy in Kiev
Saturday 19 July 2014
Malaysia Airlines has named the 283 passengers and 15 flight crew who were travelling on the flight which was downed in the Ukraine, in an attempt to contact family members or friends of those killed.
Ed miliband
Saturday 19 July 2014
Ed Miliband has told Labour there will be no return to the high spending of the previous Labour government and that the party will commit to "balancing the books" at the Party’s national policy forum in Milton Keynes today.
Hand holding starbucks coffee cup
Saturday 19 July 2014
Coffee lovers in one lucky city will get to test out a new service from Starbucks which lets you place an order from wherever you are for pick up in store using a smartphone app as the coffee chain begins trialing mobile ordering.
Soldier stands on plane wreckage in field
Saturday 19 July 2014
Russia and Ukraine’s political row over who is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has surfaced on wikipedia after a Russian state broadcaster was caught changing a wikipedia page about the disaster.
Google
Friday 18 July 2014
Safe to say that shareholders are satisfied with Google's latest batch of results.
Tesco delivery van
Friday 18 July 2014
Tesco is planning to build 4,000 homes across the UK on land it had previously bought to expand its supermarket locations but will no longer use.
wreckage MH17 Malaysian Airlines
Friday 18 July 2014
Global oil prices have risen steeply as fears of a prolonged period of heightened geopolitical tension, and its possible impact on oil supplies, grew following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine.
City of London
Friday 18 July 2014
We all know London house prices have been skyrocketing, and a 20 per cent rise in the last 12 months shows a market where demand is high a
Manchester United Louis van Gaal
Friday 18 July 2014
They may be signing up sponsors like they're going out of fashion this week, but Manchester United have dropped one place to third
Jeff Bezos holding Kindles
Friday 18 July 2014
Amazon has officially launched its new book subscription service Kindle Unlimited after details of the new offering leaked earlier in the week.
Aer lingus planes
Friday 18 July 2014
Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller is to step down next year after five years at the helm of the Irish airline.
Li Keqiang
Friday 18 July 2014
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has indicated that if China fails to hit the 7.5 per cent target for 2014 it will not be a cause for concern, so long as wages are rising and the economy is creating jobs.
MH17 wreckage
Friday 18 July 2014
European shares edged lower today, weighed down by geopolitical risks in the aftermath of the MH17 Malaysian Airlines crash over eastern Ukraine and the Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza strip.
Susan Wagner of BlackRock
Friday 18 July 2014
Sue Wagner, a founder of asset management firm BlackRock, has been appointed to Apple’s board as a replacement for the tech giant’s longest serving board member, Bill Campbell, who is retiring.
Bank of England
Friday 18 July 2014
Peer lending and crowdfunding are becoming an "increasing source of finance" for firms, as non-bank alternatives are giving a growing number of UK firms a helping hand, according to the Bank of England. 
Testubes
Friday 18 July 2014
After weeks of speculation, US pharmaceutical giant AbbVie has wrapped up the acquisition of Shire for £31bn as it stands to benefit from the UK's more lenient tax laws. 

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