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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.

Market Report: Barclays eyes a £5bn share sale to plug hole

Banks have disappointed government and they have disappointed the public, and yesterday Barclays disappointed the City. This time, the crushing disappointment wasn’t due to mis- selling or big bonuses – Barclays yesterday frustrated the Square Mile when it emerged it will pursue a £5bn-plus rights issue to plug the perceived hole in its balance sheet that the Bank of England’s capital requirements have revealed.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 30 July 2013

Flu brings healthy profits for Lemsip

What the Sunday Papers said…

The Independent on Sunday: Regulator accused of £110m error

The George pub, in central London

Man in court accused of attempted bank robberies

A man appeared in court today, accused of trying to rob two south London banks with a replica assault rifle.

Anthony Hilton: It's wrong to pillory the regulators for making the banks safer with capital

Barclays is not only still too big to fail but it is also too big to rescue without huge cost
The George pub, in central London

'Brave' public hailed after seizing gun-wielding failed robber

The man reportedly ran through a pub, chased by bank security and other members of the public

Bradley Manning

The News Matrix: Friday 26 July 2013

Manning leaked ‘to gain notoriety’

Focus: Breaking the grip of the audit oligarchs

Watchdogs want to shake up the big four accountants who police big business

A sharp hike in the price of aluminium can destabilise the world's economy

Goldman Sachs in spotlight over 'aluminium price-hike' scandal

Financial giant is accused of exploiting rules over metal warehousing in order to manipulate commodity prices

Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan sells Barclays stake

An Abu Dhabi sheikh who helped Barclays avoid a government bailout at the height of the financial crisis has sold his stake in the bank, it has emerged.

Barclays to appeal $453m fine for rigging energy markets

Barclays pledged to challenge US energy regulators in court yesterday after they upheld a record $453m (£300m) fine imposed on the bank last year for rigging electricity markets in California.

Jim Armitage: Barclays wants a scrap over this ‘scandal’ just as JPMorgan is set to pay up

It’s never easy to be sympathetic with Barclays, let’s be honest. Clearly, this is a bank which has behaved appallingly in the past, whether in rigging Libor, mis-selling PPI, or allegedly using funny methods of securing billions of bailout money from the Qataris.

US uphold record fine imposed against Barclays

US energy regulators uphold a record $453m fine

James Moore: Barclays’ new signing Tushar Morzaria comes at a price

Unlike bankers, it’s really very easy to judge the impact of a player like Lionel Messi.Just watch him

The public will be able to buy shares through an online retail offer

Banks to earn millions in Royal Mail privatisation

Of the seven City institutions appointed to steer through the IPO, only one is British

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...