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City hopes of an early a sell-off of the taxpayer’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland were dealt a massive blow today as its finance director, Nathan Bostock, was poached by rival Santander UK.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 4 April 2013

Thorntons enjoys a happy Easter

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 3 April 2013

Newbury fails to get over hurdles

RBS's finance chief to head Citizens unit

Royal Bank of Scotland is understood to have appointed its finance director, Bruce van Saun, to head its US arm, Citizens, ahead of its planned float.

Gordon Brown issues challenge over Sunday Times recordings

Gordon Brown has stepped up his campaign against Rupert Murdoch’s News International media group, sending tape recordings to the Metropolitan Police earlier today which he says challenge the Sunday Times’s assurances that it broke no laws when investigating his personal financial affairs.

The Business On... Nathan Bostock Head of wholesale banking, Lloyds

Musical chairs at the Zombies?

Gordon Brown's shock that his family medical records were hacked

Rebekah Brooks, then editor of The Sun, contacted the Browns, informing them that she had obtained medical details about their four-year-old son Fraser

Will smaller lenders sign a mutual agreement?

Medium-sized building societies may soon unite to see off takeover threats from their larger rivals. Sean Farrell reports

Ofcom warns firms over silent calling

The communications watchdog Ofcom is set to clamp down harder on "silent calling", warning companies that they will face fines of up to £2m if they break the rules. New regulations come into force today designed to prevent call centre companies from harassing consumers with silent calls.

Lloyds poaches new boss from Santander

Lloyds Banking Group poached its new boss from rival Santander today in a move seen as a major coup for the part-nationalised bank.

In The Spotlight: Stephen Hester, RBS

The career banker charged with putting RBS back in the hunt

Business Profile: Eric Daniels

Quiet American is breathing a little easier as Lloyds returns to profit

RBS boss defuses row by agreeing to give up £1.6m bonus

The cold wind of public disapproval appeared to have touched the hearts of Britain's wealthiest bankers yesterday when the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to go without his £1.6m bonus.

UK praised for final banking bail-out plans

The European Commission today approved what it called the last two chapters in UK Government-funded bank bail-outs.

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