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Shares rise as US school buses drive National Express profits up

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:23
The transport group will now expand further into the US after its North American school bus business doubled profitability in five years.

Fuming BAT to sue UK government over plans to remove cigare packet branding

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:23
The Dunhill and Lucky Strike owner, the world’s second-largest tobacco maker, said it is being forced to take action.

Royal Bank of Scotland to cut thousands of jobs as it moves swiftly to axe foreign arms 

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:22
Announcing a £3.5billion loss last year, the state-backed lender said it will pull out of 25 of 38 of its markets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, to focus on the UK.

Lots to Smiler about at Merlin Entertainments as profits jump

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:22
The Alton Towers owner – where its newest ride The Smiler, pictured, won a Guinness World Record for the most loops in a coaster – revealed 7.1 per cent growth in like-for-like sales to £1.25billion.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes given a kicking after festive football bashing

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:22
The troubled company revealed it suffered its ‘worst ever football loss on record’ on Boxing Day as a host of favourites won.

RSA returns to the black under new boss Stephen Hester but shares drop as dividend disappoints

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:22
RSA heralded a return to profit under new chief executive Stephen Hester, by announcing it will pay a final dividend to shareholders after a year of restructuring, cost savings and disposals.

MARKET REPORT: End of an era as Guinness Peat Group dons its new coat

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:21
Guinness Peat Group, 0.5p dearer at 22.5p, has changed its name to its sole operating asset, Coats, with immediate effect.

ALEX BRUMMER: Peace's day of the long knives as StanChart chairman decapitates much of the board - including himself

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:21
The departure of Peter Sands has been predicted for a long time. If anything, the surprise is that he has hung on for so long. The bigger surprise is the extent of the clear-out at the top of StanChart.

Guardian Media Group set to miss out on £700m in Auto Trader float

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:21
Apax, the current owner of the car sales website, yesterday revealed plans to list in London next month by selling up to a third of the group, which would value the business at as much as £2billion.

Embattled boss Peter Sands finally toppled in Standard Chartered shake-up... as Bill Winters is brought in to solve bank's problems

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:21
Chief executive Peter Sands is the highest profile casualty and will step down in June after almost nine years in the role.

Nearly 19k foreign drivers fail to pay new Dartford crossing toll

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:04
Nearly 19,000 foreign drivers have failed to pay tolls on the new 'free-flow' M25 Dartford River Crossing - prompting UK highway bosses to call in a European debt recovery agency.

FTSE CLOSE: Footsie inches past previous high to set second record in a week

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:54
The FTSE 100 closed up 14.35 points at 6949.73 - just edging over the line to set another new record.

Sterling soars above 1.37 euros as UK economy is seen running ahead of eurozone rivals

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:48
The pound rose to €1.376, a level not seen since December 2007, as the UK's economic recovery made it probable that the Bank of England will consider rate rises.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: UK shares look good value now on CAPE

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:29
A line in Prince's famous 1999 chorus said: ‘Two thousand zero zero, party over, oops out of time.' For UK shares that was true, but now some measures indicate decent prospects.

Swiss arm of Coutts faces tax investigation as owner RBS unveils another huge loss of £3.5BILLION for 2014

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:20
The news, announced along RBS results showing another huge £3.5billion loss for last year, follow similar allegations against HSBC.

Auto Trader gears up to float on the London stock market

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:16
The firm is expecting to be admitted to trade as a FTSE250 company and its private equity owner Apax Partners is looking at offering at least 25 per cent of the firm to public investors.

ALEX BRUMMER: Beware the asset-price bubble and make sure history doesn't repeat itself

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:20
Given the huge uncertainties surrounding the outcome of the May 5 general election it is fairly remarkable that equity and foreign exchange markets are so buoyant.

Countrywide expects UK housing market to slow in the run up to the general election

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:26
The warning came as Countrywide reported a 20 percent rise in income to £702.2million for 2014 and a 63 per cent increase in profits to £102.4million.

'App generation' help Domino's serve up over 1.4 million pizzas a week in the UK alone 

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:35
Domino's said 8.2 million customers had downloaded its app in 2014, up from 3.2 million at the start of the year.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes admits to 'worst ever football loss on record'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:06
The company said it lost £8.1million on Boxing Day as a host of favourites including Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City won in the Premier League.