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Business group attacks £25m pay deal

A pay package proposed for the new head of gas giant BG Group is branded "excessive and inflammatory" by the Institute of Directors.

Botin ousts Santander chief executive

Ana Botin has moved swiftly to reshape Santander, ousting its chief executive after less than two years in the role.

A 'generation to change bank culture'

A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside banks will take a generation to change, according to a report from Cass Business School and New City Agenda.

US economy grows faster than forecast

The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown.

Dairy industry in 'desperate state'

The dairy industry is in a desperate state, a government committee hears.

HP revenues fails to impress markets

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard's fourth quarter earnings failed to impress investors ahead of its big business split next year.

Mortgage approvals fall by 16%

The number of mortgages being granted by Britain's banks falls by 16% over the last year, according to banking industry body, the BBA.

Sport events 'give no economic boost'

A report examining the "evidence base" for policymaking suggests big sporting events have little or no direct economic benefit - and challenges other assumptions about teaching and police.

Star Wars and Avengers lifts Pinewood

Big budget productions including the latest Star Wars and Avengers films have helped profits higher at Pinewood Shepperton.

All Bar One owner hit by profit fall

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), the pubs and restaurants group, has reported a drop in profit for the year despite a rise in sales.

Eurozone 'persistent stagnation' risk

The eurozone may be stuck in an enduring period of no growth, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.

Amazon to deliver via post offices

Internet retailing giant Amazon is offering its online customers access to Royal Mail's Local Collect "click and collect" network.

B&Q owner profits hit by France

Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q DIY chain, has blamed "particularly difficult" trading conditions in France for a fall in third quarter profits.

Nigeria devalues currency on low oil

Nigeria has devalued the naira, saying a drop in oil prices has been making it hard to defend its currency.

Sony Pictures computer system hacked

Sony Pictures Entertainment has been targeted by computer hackers in an attack which reports say has forced the company to shut down its corporate network.

RBS 'wanted critic's mortgage back'

A businessman who wrote a government report that criticised RBS has been told he can no longer remain a customer of the bank, Panorama learns.

Steve Jobs biopic moves to Universal

Universal Pictures take on a movie based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs following Sony Pictures' departure from the project.

Holy trademark! Batman v Valencia

La Liga giants Valencia are facing a fight to be allowed to use a bat symbol on their crest - from the creators of Batman.

Young and workers at risk of poverty

The elderly and the unemployed used to be most at risk of poverty, but a new report claims it is now the young and those in work who are most vulnerable.

RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence

Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.

Warning over 'fake' offshore bank

Regulators have issued a warning to consumers over a bank falsely claiming to operate in the Channel Islands.

Service sector optimism 'falls'

Optimism among companies in the UK services sector is at its lowest for 21 months, according to a survey by the CBI.

Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn

The falling oil price is costing Russia up to $100bn a year, while Western sanctions have hit the country by a further $40bn, its finance minister says.

Business confidence at five-year low

Global business confidence slipped to five-year low in October, according to a survey of 6,100 companies from Markit Economics.

How McDonald's conquered India

How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.

UAE's female fashion designers

As more Emirati women enter the private sector, a growing number are going into fashion design, reports Verity Ratcliffe from Dubai.

Afghan businesses hope for change

The new government in Afghanistan says it wants to make it easier to do business in the country - but will things change?

European Tour 2015 adds six events

The European Tour releases its 2015 schedule - with new events in Thailand, India, China, Scotland, Germany & Mauritius.

Bournemouth plan 18,000 expansion

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn says the club are looking to expand the Goldsands Stadium to 18,000.

Scala to assess 'corruption' reports

The head of Fifa's Audit and Compliance Committee is to evaluate reports into alleged World Cup corruption.


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