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Bank Of Scotland

Lloyds sees profits plunge

Part-nationalised Lloyds Banking Group today insisted that its EU-imposed sale of 632 branches was on track as it unveiled a huge loss in the first half of the year.

Crystal Palace saved from extinction

The consortium attempting to buy Crystal Palace are confident they can proceed with their takeover after the Coca-Cola Championship club dramatically avoided extinction today.

Crystal Palace on verge of closure

Crystal Palace face liquidation unless the consortium attempting to buy the stricken club can complete the deal by tomorrow afternoon.

Zarkava dispels Arc stamina doubts

The same, immaculate form figures, maybe, but only in one case do they remain suggestive of perfection. Both Zarkava and Mastercraftsman survived their respective Group One examinations yesterday unbeaten, but while the French filly produced another celestial performance, the young Irish colt won only by the skin of his teeth. Perhaps it is only in the struggles of one that we can quite grasp the extraordinary gifts of the other.

Economy 'as bad as the Seventies'

Pressure is mounting on Gordon Brown to find help for hard-pressed families as the new Deputy Governor of the Bank of England warned that the financial situation was at least as bad as that of the 1970s. As the Prime Minister returns to his desk today to work on an economic plan that will form the centrepiece of his attempt at an autumn political fightback, Charles Bean said that the slowdown may "drag on for some considerable time" and that social problems could be caused by the squeeze on household incomes.