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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.

Lloyds shares dip after landmark government stake sale

Stock was down 2% or 1.9p at 75.4p as City institutions digested a £3.2bn sale

Barclays to refund 300,000 customers after admin error

Bank to pay back loan customers thought to have been mistakenly charged interest

James Moore: The Co-op’s treatment of it bondholders is nothing short of shabby

Outlook: The Co-op has a new chief executive and a new team but it hasn’t changed the way it acts

Barclays passes up discount to fight Qatari funding fine

Barclays is continuing to fight the City watchdog’s attempt to fine it £50m over the Qatari fundraising that staved off a taxpayer-funded bailout during the financial crisis.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 17 September 2013

Coutts overtakes RBS for assets

Barclays rated as ‘worst bank’ for honesty and customer service

Barclays is the worst bank for honesty and customer service, according to an ethical scorecard launched to guide those looking to switch their current accounts.

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The Bank of England has been urged to cap house price inflation

Bank of England urged to cap house price rises at 5% over fears of 'dangerous' debt bubble

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publishes report arguing the Bank should consider imposing a 5 per cent cap on annual house price appreciation

Barclays chief Antony Jenkins sounds alarm over boom in house prices and 'Help to Buy' scheme

Vince Cable cautioned against complacency on the state of the nation’s economic recovery

Apple iPhone 5S launch: Will a budget version be launched?

Technology giant has spurred rumours of drive towards surging markets with presentation in China just nine hours after hotly-anticipated California event

BBC director general Tony Hall

We've got a grip: BBC Director General Tony Hall defends pay-offs

BBC Director General Tony Hall says the corporation has “a grip on the money” it gets from licence-fee payers ahead of a parliamentary hearing examining hefty pay-offs given to senior staff.

Upping the base wage ‘would bring in billions’ says TUV secretary

Britain is losing out on billions of pounds in revenues by keeping the minimum wage low, TUC secretary general Frances O’Grady said yesterday ahead of the opening of the union body’s annual congress.

Interest rate swap scandal: Banks face hidden bill of up to £10bn to settle property developer claims

Britain’s banks face a hidden bill of up to £10bn to settle claims from property firms put at risk by the interest rate swap scandal, according to new research.

For the sake of Somalia, Barclays must not close its money transfer system

To do so could herald a humanitarian crisis in the long-suffering region

Why is campus politics such a magnet for LGBT students?

Student politics is increasingly dominated by the LGBT community. This can only be a good thing, says David Wilkinson

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