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MARKET REPORT: Afren shares up as Seplat circles amid continued tumbling oil prices

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:34
The price of oil couldn’t hold on to gains yesterday, making oil explorers ripe for the picking – and beleaguered African oil and gas explorer Afren was the first to be targeted.

Boost for UK as Airbus launches new airliner that's around 40 per cent 'Made in Britain'

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:21
Inaugural customer Qatar Airways yesterday received the first in the new range of widebody passenger jets – designed to compete with Boeing’s rival 787 Dreamliner.

Investment manager M&G hits jackpot as it snaps up 47 Gala bingo clubs for £173million

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:17
The deal includes more than 40 per cent of Gala’s 127 UK bingo clubs, most of which are purpose-built but with 12 so-called ‘heritage clubs’ inside converted town halls or cinemas.

Home improvement group Kingfisher sells China stake in B&Q to concentrate on European operations

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:16
The first B&Q store in China opened 15 years ago, but the business model has struggled to take off because the Chinese do not consider do-it-yourself as a hobby.

ALEX BRUMMER: Taxing time for public goods as havens appear to be on the increase

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:16
Some firms, such as advertising agency WPP, chose to make the short trip to Dublin to reduce taxes until George Osborne enticed it back with lower corporation taxes.

Bonuses for senior city workers soar by 21% to average £125,000, despite mounting pressure from regulators to curb windfalls

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:15
Despite mounting pressure from regulators, ‘managing directors’ of scandal-hit investment banks and fund managers expect their windfalls will increase from £102,940 last year to £124,680.

Russian crisis worsens as it bails out central bank as former finance minister warns country is in 'very big trouble'

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:15
Alexei Kudrin is one of few people to criticise President Vladimir Putin. He quit in 2011 in protest at proposals to increase defence spending, though the two men are still believed to be close.

Huge plan to build 3,600 homes in London's Docklands gets the green light

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:13
Tower Hamlets Council approved the development of the Wood Wharf site to the east of Canary Wharf.

PricewaterhouseCoopers hit twice as its Tesco and Barclays work is investigated by watchdog

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:12
If the investigations produce evidence that points to misconduct, PwC and individual chartered accountants working at Tesco may be taken to a tribunal.

CITY FOCUS: Hopes of rebirth in wreck of Russian investment prospects

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:12
With a currency in freefall, huge interest rate hikes and a crashing oil price, prospects for the country don’t look good. But contrarian experts argue that the worst of times is the best time to invest.

Regional airline Flybe lands eight-year contract to maintain RAF fleet

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:11
The Exeter-based firm, which is in the middle of a turnaround plan to boost it fortunes after a slump in passenger numbers, called the deal a ‘landmark agreement’.

Crooked currency traders face jail: Chancellor to make forex, oil and gold rigging new criminal offences from next April

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:05
The move comes after six banks, including HSBC and RBS, were fined £2.6bn last month after traders were caught fiddling the £3.5trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.

House prices falling in a THIRD of the country sparking fears of a nationwide slowdown

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:14
In the three months to November, a third of UK postcodes saw the average property price fall. The slowdown has even hit parts London, which until now has been in the grip of a house price boom.

Sainsbury's and Asda customers in panic after websites cancel Christmas orders - and Waitrose shoppers complain about no deliveries

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:33
Some Sainsbury’s customers complained on Twitter last night after struggling to book or change their orders, while some Asda customers said the supermarket cancelled their orders.

Demand for prime London homes falls amid signs buyers are looking to cheaper commute-town alternatives 

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:32
Westminster recorded the biggest fall in demand for property – a 42 per cent decline since February according online estate agent

FTSE CLOSE: Footsie continues its 'Santa rally

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:30
The FTSE 100 Index rose by 3.9% last week, its best performance in three years - buoyed by indications that the US Federal Reserve was in no hurry to raise interest rates - and was up by another 0.5%.

Bankers who manipulate currency, oil, silver and gold markets to face up to seven years in jail

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 16:25
The Chancellor said the law - originally introduced last year to punish traders who rigged Libor -will be extended to foreign exchange markets and another six financial benchmarks.

Boost for firm that turns browsers into buyers: E-commerce analyst Taggstar raises further £500k on top of the £2m raised earlier this year

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:13
E-commerce analyst Taggstar, which is partly backed by former M&S boss Sir Stuart Rose, has raised a further £500,000, on top of the £2million it has raised this year.

Selling unpaid invoices to investors nets peer-to-peer finance firm MarketInvoice £300m from lender

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:11
Peer-to-peer finance firm MarketInvoice has now lent more than £300million to UK businesses, it has revealed.

Jamie Oliver's friend turkey farmer Paul Kelly takes a bite out of the US market with his sights set on opening a farm in Virginia next spring

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:11
Turkey farmer Paul Kelly has set his sights on a much bigger market even than Christmas – American Thanksgiving.