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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.

More ATMs are giving and taking

Nationwide building society this week hit out at the creeping plague of cash machines that penalise unsuspecting members of the public by charging up to £5 a time.

HBOS calls in KPMG integrators to make £10bn Abbey bid add up

James Crosby, chief executive of HBOS, has hired a team of 30 integration experts from KPMG's transaction services arm to try to make the numbers work for a potential £10bn bid for Abbey National.

Santander woos IFAs in Abbey takeover bid

Santander Central Hispano (SCH), the Spanish bank bidding for Abbey National, extended its charm offensive to the UK intermediary market yesterday, writing letters to hundreds of key independent financial advisers to reassure them of its commitment to the IFA market should it be successful with its acquisition.

Bank employee who fell to his death 'was questioned in inquiry'

A bank worker apparently jumped to his death from a fifth-floor balcony after being questioned as part of an internal investigation.

Barclays eyes growth outside the UK as it posts £2.4bn profit

Barclays, Britain's third largest bank, yesterday moved to distance itself from speculation that it may bid for Abbey National, as its deputy chief executive said the bank had never been and would never be "crassly opportunistic or speculative in corporate activity".

RBS cool on joining bid battle for Abbey

Sir Fred Goodwin, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, Britain's second-biggest bank, yesterday dismissed a takeover of Abbey National as a "mercy killing" which was probably not worth RBS's time.

HBOS move could launch Abbey bid war

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