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Britain's oldest private-equity firm has written down the value of its investment in the retailer Hobbs because of poor trading over the festive period.

The daughter of a London magistrate has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder her mother

London magistrate’s daughter Kuntal Patel charged with plotting to murder her mother following police anti-terror investigation

A woman who was arrested following an anti-terrorism investigation has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder a magistrate – who is also her mother.

Unions blast Barclays over speculation of imminent cut in branches

Barclays is also poised to axe 400 investment bank jobs on top of the 1700 it announced a year ago in a bid to slash costs

With the bank due to report its annual results on 11 February, the prospect of further job losses is widely expected

Barclays to close 400 branches - and replace them with smaller outlets in Asda supermarkets

Hundreds of jobs to go in investment banking division as part of massive cost-cutting programme

What the Sunday papers said

Top firms ‘lack pension transparency’

GlaxoSmithKline, Tata and Rolls Royce have been warned to improve their corporate social responsibility.

Standard Chartered Group Chief Executive Peter Sands

Peter Sands brushes off 'speculative rubbish' over takeover talks

Peter Sands, embattled chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank, has dismissed speculation over takeover talks as “rubbish”, insisting the emerging markets-focused lender’s prospects were strong.

Market Report: Banking stocks took more than eight points off the bluechip index

Banks took a battering yesterday as traders ditched financial stocks after a shock profit warning from Deutsche. Traders feared that news of the German bank’s €1.1bn (£910m) fourth-quarter loss could mean other banks may still have issues to work through and further regulatory fines to deal with.

UK banks hit by Deutsche's shock profit warning

Deutsche shares sank 5% after figures revealed fourth-quarter net losses of €965 million

House prices in London and the South-east are rising fast

House prices growing at 'fastest annual pace since 2007'

Year-on-year increase of 6.3%  in prices is the highest annual rise seen since November 2007

What The Sunday Papers Said

The Independent on Sunday: New rail line could be built by ‘disadvantaged’

The physically disabled, the unemployable and former prisoners should build the £42.6bn High Speed 2 railway, according to a lobbying group. The High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group said that France used nearly 1,000 disadvantaged people to build the Rhine-Rhône line.

The Business Matrix: Monday 20 January 2014

Metro raises more cash for growth’

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing an inquiry by banking regulators

RBS bonuses: Why aren't we more volubly angry about all this?

I cannot understand why the great British public are not apoplectic about these egregious, socially divisive rewards

Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Group

Goldman Sachs to greet bonus cap with big pay rises and special allowances

Goldman Sachs' top London staff are set for huge increases in basic pay this year, plus special "role based" allowances, as the bank grapples with the European Union's bonus cap.

US watchdogs visit Citigroup's London headquarters amid forex probe

Two of the most powerful watchdogs in the US have sent investigators into the London headquarters of the giant bank Citigroup as the probe into alleged manipulation of global currency markets.

There is concern that a ‘perfect storm’ of graduate debt, lack of finance and job insecurity is brewing

Top employers are reserving nearly 40% of their graduate jobs for interns

This figure rises to 75% for City investment banks, according to a new survey

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