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Thursday 14 August 2014
OUTSOURCING firm G4S yesterday showed that its turnaround was gathering momentum, as it posted a 13.2 per cent rise in first-half earnings on the back of £1.2bn worth of new contracts.
Thursday 14 August 2014
Swiss Life announced yesterday that it was buying a German real estate firm as the insurance company moves increas­ingly into asset management to diversify its revenue stream under new chief executive Patrick Frost.
Thursday 14 August 2014
US amusement park group SeaWorld yesterday reported poor second-quarter results and slashed its revenue guidance for the year, blaming the crash on recent media debate about its treatment of captive orcas had hurt attendance.
Thursday 14 August 2014
SPECIALIST recruitment group Michael Page International reported “solid performances” from all four of its geographic regions in its six monthly update yesterday.
Thursday 14 August 2014
BARING Asset Management, the last remaining remnant of historic City firm Barings, yesterday appointed a new chief investment officer from blue-blooded rival Schroders, in the wake of a high level exec reshuffle.
Thursday 14 August 2014
THE CITY regulator is investigating more than 200 cases of product promotions, such as payday loans, debt management services and credit brokers, that may breach its rules on misleading customers.
Nigel Wilson
Thursday 14 August 2014
Legal & General (L&G) yesterday quit the UK’s biggest insurance lobby group, the Association of British Insur­ers (ABI), to strike out on its own in its bid to influence public policy.
Thursday 14 August 2014
INSURER Admiral disappointed investors yesterday after revealing poor underlying growth and a sluggish one per cent profits.
Brit Insurance homepage
Thursday 14 August 2014
Brit Insurance group reported an 18 per cent slump in the first-half profits yesterday, led lower by costs related to its initial public offering (IPO) this year.
beach
Thursday 14 August 2014
Saga, the over-50s specialist, yesterday made its first acquisition since floating earlier this year, buying a 75 per cent stake in online travel firm Destinology .  
E.On
Thursday 14 August 2014
German energy giant E.On’s UK subsidiary yesterday posted a 31 per cent drop in first-half profit for its supply arm – but its generation earnings rose by the same percentage.
Thursday 14 August 2014
Amazon yesterday unveiled a $10 (£6) card reader and mobile app to allow high street businesses to accept card payments, marking the latest step by the online retail giant to expand its presence in the physical world.
WeChat app
Thursday 14 August 2014
Tencent, China’s leading internet service portal, yesterday reported a 59 per cent jump in profit during the quarter to the end of June on the back of a boom in smartphone gaming and mobile messaging.
Evraz
Thursday 14 August 2014
Russian steelmaker Evraz yesterday said it had signed a $425m (£255m) loan from international banks, show­ing that western institutions were still comfortable doing business there despite increasing tensions over Ukraine.
Thursday 14 August 2014
Commodities powerhouse Glencore saw its share price slump over three per cent yesterday on a mixed half-year production report.
Thursday 14 August 2014
LAND Securities has sold its 50 per cent stake in Bristol shopping centre Cabot Circus to Axa Real Estate in a £267.8m deal.
Thursday 14 August 2014
CLS HOLDINGS has seen the value of its portfolio surge in the past six months on the back of the economic recovery and strong demand in the London property market.
Thursday 14 August 2014
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Thursday 14 August 2014
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Thursday 14 August 2014
THE FTSE yesterday ended slightly higher in thin trade, boosted by a doveish message from the Bank of England.
Thursday 14 August 2014
US STOCKS ended higher yesterday as surging biotech shares helped investors shrug off disappointing retail sales data.
Mo Farah
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Mo Farah has just won the 10,000m at the European Championships in a time of 28 minutes and eight seconds. But just how good is he? Farah is the reigning Olympic and World champion and his medal cabinet must make for impressive viewing.
Flags
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Tha Bank of England is ready for the consequences of a Scottish yes vote and will not abandon the nation, its governor Mark Carney has said.
Mark Carney
Wednesday 13 August 2014
First the good news: employment continued to rise, according to the latest ONS stats, and the unemployment rate for the three months to June reached an almost six-year low of 6.4 per cent.
Shinzo Abe
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Japan's economy has felt the sting of sales tax increases.
Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg
Wednesday 13 August 2014
For the first time, UKIP has received more than the Lib Dems in party donations.  
Apple logo on screen
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Apple is the latest high-profile tech company to release data on its employees' gender and ethnicity and it’s not a great outlook when it comes to showing diversity in the tech industry.
Fly
Wednesday 13 August 2014
It might sound like science-fiction, but it's a real technique undergoing development. Male flies are being genetically modified by biotechnology company Oxitec to kill off their own population through mating.  
Gallows
Wednesday 13 August 2014
On the 50th anniversary of the last state execution in Britain, a YouGov poll has found that 45 per cent of people would bring it back – with UKIP supporters the most enthusiastic.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The bitter battle between ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft has been driven to new levels of intensity with both sides accusing the other of foul play.
kurds in Iraq
Wednesday 13 August 2014
France has announced that it is delivering weapons to the Kurds in Iraq, in order to help them fend off the Islamic State (IS) militant group that has taken control of much of the north of the country.  
US retail sales edge up
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Retail and food sales reached $439.8bn (£263m) in the US last month, a marginal uptick of 0.5 per cent on June, and 3.7 per cent higher than July 2013.  
Jack Reacher by Lee Child
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Jack Reacher author Lee Child appeared on Newsnight yesterday to explain why he and hundreds of other authors have spoken out against Amazon.
European Union
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Eurozone's industrial output for June fell behind economists' expectations, placing a cloud over hopes of an economic recovery for the single currency.  
Salmond and Darling shake hands at Scottish independence debate
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Contingency plans have been made by the Bank of England ahead of the Scottish referendum in response to uncertainties over the country’s currency if it becomes independent.
American Apparel autumn 14
Wednesday 13 August 2014
American Apparel has reported bigger than expected losses for its second quarter, as the company attempts to ride out a series of scandals relating to founder and former chief executive Dov Charney.   
Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Russia has risked incurring the wrath of Fifa after its football union voted to incorporate three clubs from the annexed Crimea region into their third division, a decision apparently motivated by fear of upsetting president Vladimir Putin.
Walkie Talkie tower
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Land Securities Group, the owner of the Walkie Talkie building, has sold off a 50 per cent stake in a Bristol shopping centre for £267.8m.
French flag in Europe
Wednesday 13 August 2014
France is struggling to keep up with the rest of Europe when it comes to economic growth, prompting the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to dub it "the sick man" of Europe.  
Playstation TV device
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Sony has sold 10m of its PlayStation 4 consoles in the nine months since launch and has revealed a 14 November UK release date for its new PlayStation TV streaming device.
Mark Carney
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Bank of England (BoE) has raised its 2014 growth forecast from 3.4 per cent to 3.5 per cent.   
Chinese etailer ShangPin
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Sir Philip Green's high street retailers Topshop and Miss Selfridge will debut in China next month through a deal with local online partner ShangPin.com.  
Robin Williams
Wednesday 13 August 2014
As well as being one of the most loved comedians and successful actors of a generation, Robin Williams was known to be a huge video game fan - he even named his first daughter Zelda after the popular Nintendo character and son Cody after a chara
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Danny Alexander will continue his opposition to a formal currency union if Scotland votes for independence in September's referendum. Speaking in a BBC 2 debate on independence, Alexander said:
Regular pay growth
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Regular pay has grown at its lowest rate since records began in 2001, according to the Office for National Statistics.   
Office workers
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The UK's headline unemployment rate dropped to 6.4 per cent in the three months to June, which is down from 6.5 per cent in May and the lowest level since late 2008.  
G4S
Wednesday 13 August 2014
G4S has returned to profit for the six months to June 30, with growth in Africa and South America offsetting declining revenues in the UK.   
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The owner of confused.com has announced the appointment of  Geraint Jones as group chief financial officer (CFO) and executive director of Admiral Group, with effect from 13 August.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The euro slid to an 11-month low yesterday after grim signals that even the German economy was slowing down, while the currency union hovered on the edge of deflation.

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