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Fraud office probes Bank auctions

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the financial crisis, the bank says.

Oligarch given North Sea deadline

Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.

EU puts off end to roaming charges

EU governments defy the European Parliament by deciding that roaming charges for mobile phone users should remain at least until the end of 2018.

Sellafield clean-up costs now £53bn

The cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria has increased by £5bn to £53bn, says the National Audit Office.

Reports of fake law firms double

Reports of fake law firms have increased by 125% in the last two years, according to figures from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Court backs UK in euro trading case

The UK has won a court ruling against the European Central Bank which could have forced British firms handling large euro transactions to be based in the eurozone.

Board of bank giant foregoes bonuses

UK bank Standard Chartered reports a steep fall in full-year profits after a "tough year" and foregoes bonuses for its directors.

UK government sells Eurostar stake

The UK government says it is selling its 40% stake in the cross-Channel train operator Eurostar to an Anglo-Canadian consortium for £757.1m.

Scottish Power hit with sales ban

Energy supplier Scottish Power accepts a 12-day sales ban after failing to meet Ofgem's customer service targets, the watchdog says.

Banks to face stiffer EU bonus rules

The UK and other EU nations could face action from the European Banking Authority if new rules on bonuses are introduced by the end of the year.

Incomes 'back to pre-crisis level'

Average household incomes are back to where they were before the financial crisis, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Retail sales boost for eurozone

Eurozone retail sales rose for a fourth consecutive month in January, official figures show, indicating the zone's economy may be picking up.

Nuclear power plant faces challenge

The planned Hinkley C Nuclear power station in Somerset faces a new legal challenge, this time from Greenpeace Energy.

India surprises with second rate cut

The Reserve Bank of India cuts its key interest rate, in a surprise move for the second time this year.

ITV delivers 'strong performance'

Commercial broadcaster ITV, home of Downton Abbey, reports a big rise in pre-tax profits for 2014.

Target to cut several thousand jobs

US retail giant Target plans to cut several thousand jobs as it tries to slash $2bn (£1.3bn) in costs over the next two years.

Pound hit by UK services survey

Sterling pulls back from a near seven-year euro high after a survey indicates that growth in the UK's service sector slowed last month.

'Spocking' not illegal, Canada says

The Bank of Canada announces that tribute pictures of Leonard Nimoy's Spock on bank notes is not against the law.

Singapore 'world's priciest city'

For the second year running, Singapore tops the list as the world's most expensive city to live in, says the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Workers 'worry over lack of pension'

Workers will display a "measured response" to pension reforms while worrying they have not set aside enough for retirement, a survey suggests.

Banks' PPI bill now totals £24.4bn

The bill for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) by the five biggest banks in the UK has now reached a total of £24.4bn.

UK house prices fall in February

UK house prices dropped in February for the first time in five months, according to Nationwide.

Australia economy grows 2.5% on year

Australia's economy grew 2.5% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, marking its slowest pace of annual growth last year.

Ukraine raises interest rates to 30%

Ukraine's central bank sharply raises interest rates from 19.5% to 30% in an effort to curb inflation and prop up its beleaguered currency.

Bank flags market abuse issues

The Bank of England has flagged 50 instances of potential market abuse following a shake up of how it operates.

The art-loving property developer

How Argentine investor, property developer and art collector, Eduardo Costantini, built up his business and made a fortune.

Argentina's love affair with polo

Polo is one of the most popular sports in Argentina, yet unlike football or rugby most of the businesses that keep the game going are small homegrown companies.

The reality of becoming your own boss

Becoming your own boss is many people's dream, but what's it really like to start a business from scratch?

Jockey Club plans record prize money

The Jockey Club says it will increase its contribution towards prize money at its 15 racecourses to a record £19.9m in 2015

Rangers share trading suspended

Shares in Rangers International Football Club plc are suspended by the AIM market, the Stock Exchange is told.


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