Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell is a business reporter for The Independent.

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UK's appeal on tax is under threat, PwC warns

Britain's status as a competitive tax regime is under pressure as rival economies ease tax burdens for businesses, a report says today.

HSBC renews threat to quit UK over banking reforms

HSBC yesterday made its most explicit threat yet that it is prepared to leave the UK if the Government adopts the Independent Commission on Banking's (ICB) proposed reforms in full.

Banking reforms may force HSBC to quit UK

Chief executive objects to commission's proposal to raise extra debt capital

Retailers fear for Christmas sales as high street suffers in the gloom

Like-for-like sales fall 0.6 per cent in October from a year earlier as shoppers concentrate on essentials

MPs call for revamp of Bank of England's governance

The Treasury Select Committee has called for wide-ranging reforms of the Bank of England's "antiquated" governance to make the central bank more accountable when it gains new regulatory powers next year.

DTZ shares collapse as bidders claim its equity is almost worthless

The recession, failed takeover talks and the eurozone crisis take their toll on a company worth £2bn just five years ago

Lloyds Bank boss's illness shakes City confidence

Horta-Osorio takes time off suffering from fatigue but investors question whether he will return

Charles Middleton: 'Yes, I'm a banker who really cares...'

It's not hard to run a bank on ethical principles, the boss of Triodos UK tells Sean Farrell

Rein in Sir Mervyn's powers, bank bosses tell Parliament

Bank bosses yesterday called for measures to rein in the powers of the Governor of the Bank of England before the Bank increases its grip on financial regulation next year.

Staff exodus weakens FSA influence

The Financial Services Authority admitted yesterday that the departure of senior staff ahead of the watchdog's break-up had damaged its ability to influence new European regulations.

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