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Construction firms' £129.5m fines 'should be returned to councils'

The body representing local authorities called on the construction firms hit with £129.5m in fines to apologise today and said the money should be given back to councils.

David Prosser: Balfour Beatty builds itself a global future

Outlook Balfour Beatty's origins lie in the days of empire, when it exported its engineering and construction skills to Britain's colonies and dependencies around the world. In recent times, Balfour has been a little more parochial, but yesterday's deal to buy America's Parsons Brinckerhoff will once again give it a much greater presence on the global stage, increasing the business's exposure to the US by a third.

Balfour Beatty to buy US project group for $626m

Friendly takeover of Parsons Brinckerhoff to be financed by rights issue

Market Report: Rumours of Arabian knights lift Wolseley

Wolseley, the UK building supplies group, was dining out on some reheated speculation that investors from the Middle East were circling, sending it up almost 5 per cent in the morning.

Investment Column: Watch China before a punt on BHP Billiton

Our view: Cautious hold

Share price: 1555p (+27.5p)

For some time now, plenty of companies, both in the mining sector and elsewhere, have pinned their hopes on the emerging markets, specifically China and India.

The Week Ahead: Hopeful travellers lead the week's results

The travel & leisure sector will be in focus in the days ahead, with both TUI Travel and Thomas Cook due to post updates this week.

Week ahead: Prudential shareholders can expect good news on dividends

Prudential, the life insurer soon to be lead by Tidjane Thiam, is expected to announce a 6p dividend to shareholders this week.

Database blacklist saw thousands denied jobs

Thousands of workers in the construction industry were denied employment because of a secret "blacklist", a court heard today.

Government to approve M25 road upgrade

The government will approve a Private Finance Initiative scheme to widen and maintain London's M25 motorway despite a jump in the cost of the project, the Times newspaper reported without citing sources.

The Week Ahead: Struggling ITV set to announce rights issue

City analysts anticipate a dividend cut when ITV posts full-year results this week. The broadcaster, which is due to publish figures for 2008 on Wednesday, is expected to strike a cautious note in the face of falling advertising revenues, and, according to recent market speculation, may also launch a rights issue and announce the disposal of the Friends Reunited social networking website, which has failed to keep up with competition from the likes of Facebook and Bebo.

Report on Metronet collapse to arrive late as authors are split on who takes the blame

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to release its report on Metronet, the failed London Underground engineering group, by Easter – up to four months behind schedule.

GDF Suez and Iberdrola team up to bid for nuclear power sites in the UK

GDF Suez and Iberdrola are the latest European energy giants to join forces in the hope of securing a slice of the UK's multibillion-pound nuclear renaissance.

Investmemt Column: New chief cheers up Friends Provident

Balfour Beatty; Severn Trent

All change at top of rail firms as finance director leads Channel Tunnel running

Mark Bayley, the finance director of London & Continental Railways (LCR), is favourite to take over the top job at the Channel Tunnel high- speed rail link company.

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Follow the money as never before

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