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Abbey owner to cut 1,900 British jobs next year

Banco Santander, the Spanish owner of Alliance & Leicester, Abbey and Bradford & Bingley's saving business, plans to cut 1,900 British jobs next year, adding to the toll the credit crunch has taken on financial workers.

Spotlight: Tracker mortgages

A small number of banks – notably Lloyds TSB, Abbey and Alliance & Leicester – relaunched into the tracker mortgage market this week, but increased their margins. Tracker mortgages are mortgages whose rates move in line with the Bank of England rate.

Paul Gosling: Double the trouble as Abbey is called to account

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Abbey wins 20 per cent of new mortgage market

Abbey, the high street bank owned by Santander Central Hispano, accounted for around one in five of all new UK mortgages during the second quarter of 2008, mopping up the market share of dozens of smaller lenders who have struggled to find the funding to write new business.

Price slide 'over in a year'

Estate agents are optimistic that the slump in UK property prices will be over by this time next year.

Abbey cuts cost of fixed-rate mortgages

Abbey has become the latest bank to cut the cost of its fixed rate mortgages as the cost of wholesale funding continued to ease. The group is reducing the cost of its two- and three-year fixed rate deals by up to 0.15 per cent from Monday – the lender's second cut in 10 days. Abbey said it had made the reductions following an easing in swap rates, upon which the deals are based.

Britons set to pay £280m for cash withdrawals abroad

Holidaymakers heading for sunnier climes could be hit by millions in overseas bank charges if they are not careful with foreign currency.

Britten Sinfonia/Masson/Macgregor/Youssef, Bath Abbey, Bath

Joanna MacGregor knows how to party, and I'm not just talking about the opening Party in the City for the 60th birthday of the Bath International Music Festival. The whole feel of this year's festival radiates bubbly enjoyment. It is, of course, a celebration of MacGregor's eclectic enthusiasms, with bold mixtures of artists drawn from the widest musical spectrum. Oddly, they sit perfectly in this historic city.

Abbey bids to cash in on rivals' credit crisis woes

Abbey, the high-street bank owned by the Spanish group Santander, will today launch the latest stage of an aggressive drive to win market share from its struggling banking competitors, as it launches one of the first credit cards to offer cash withdrawals for free.

Abbey fined £30,000 for silent calls

Abbey, the UK bank owned by Spain's Santander, is being fined £30,000 by the telecoms watchdog for causing distress to its customers with silent marketing calls.

Attack victim welcomes Bellfield's conviction

The woman who as a convent schoolgirl survived a near-fatal attack by bus stop stalker Levi Bellfield said his conviction today meant more than words could say.

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