Sport New England Patriots running-back LaGarrette Blount scored a record four rushing touchdowns in the play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts

Blount has been at the forefront of a Patriots side that has shifted their emphasis to a running game but they come up against the free-scoring Denver Broncos for a place in the season showcase

JP Morgan Chase's £17.7bn pay and bonus bill

US investment bank JP Morgan Chase revealed a $28.1bn (£17.7bn) bill for staff pay and bonuses in 2010 today after a 48% leap in annual earnings.

Will we recover, muddle through, or nosedive?

With the new year rung in, experts at the world's biggest banks are keen to predict the next economic trends. Nikhil Kumar gives the lowdown on their forecasts for 2011

Business Diary: Just one present and correct

The statistics on the number of people doing their tax returns online on Christmas Day each year are always striking – even if you're not a big fan of the day itself, there are surely better ways to avoid the festive celebrations.

The Business On... Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General, New York state

Governor-elect to you

US trade gap narrows after surge in exports

The outlook for US economic output was boosted yesterday by figures that showed its trade deficit fell by substantially more than than-expected in October, driven by a weaker dollar and a surge in exports.

Bank of America shares fall amid leak rumours

Shares in Bank of America, the largest US bank, fell by more than 3 per cent amid speculation it is to be Wikileaks' next target. The whistle-blowing website's founder, Julian Assange, the subject of a US criminal investigation, claimed a fresh "megaleak" will target a major US bank "early next year".

Market Report: Laird's rise takes traders and brokers by surprise

It may have prompted nothing more than a lukewarm reaction from brokers, yet an acquisition deal by Laird resulted in the electronics company touching its highest share price for a year during a session in which major risers were few and far between.

Market Report: Antofagasta on a high note in copper crescendo

As the price of copper reached a record high yesterday, Antofagasta was propelled towards the top of the blue-chip index even as analysts disagreed over what the future holds for both the miner and the metal.

Market Report: Housebuilders plummet despite hopeful outlook

The housebuilders found themselves near the bottom of the second tier last night after a tough week for the sector, despite support from analysts and traders who said the stocks could prove a surprisingly strong investment opportunity.

Market Report: Banks dominate despite looming spectre of PPI

The banks were the standout stocks on the top tier yesterday, in spite of a warning that the sector may face compensation claims of more than £5bn over allegations they mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

Market Report: Cairn's Greenland woes leave shares in the cold

Environmentalists would have been toasting the sight of Cairn Energy stranded at the bottom of the index yesterday, after the Edinburgh-based oil explorer announced that it had suspended drilling at the controversial Alpha-1S1 well in Greenland before reaching the intended depth. The operation has been targeted by Greenpeace campaigners, who boarded the Stena Don platform in August in an attempt to delay the exploration.

Mitsui eyes stake in mining giant

Metalloinvest, run by Arsenal FC's billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov, is in talks to sell a stake in the mining giant to Japan's Mitsui ahead of a London listing next year.

Market Report: Housebuilders tumble as analyst fears double dip

The housebuilding sector was blown down yesterday after one analyst huffed and puffed with talk of a "serious risk of a double dip in house prices".

US banks to post rise in profits, but investment income slumps

Mixed third-quarter predictions blamed on 'lacklustre trading environment'

Business News in Brief: 10/10/2010

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