Retail sales rose at their fastest rate in nine years in December, the Office for National Statistics reported yesterday. However, some City analysts immediately cast doubt on the reliability of the figures.
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Monday 06 April 2009
Anti-G20 protesters 1, BNP Paribas 0
Clearly the compliance bods at the London offices of French bank BNP Paribas are more influential in these days of riots and anti-capitalism.
Saturday 21 March 2009
Fern Britton, the television presenter, raised cheers – and a few boos – on Question Time the other night when she suggested that Britain's financial crisis would not have occurred if women had been in charge. It's not quite as simple as that, of course. But the gist of her argument is already in the mainstream.
Friday 20 March 2009
Andy Murray secured his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals here after coming through a tough encounter with Ivan Ljubicic 7-5 7-6 (8-6). Murray overcame the 74th-ranked Ljubicic in a little over two hours and will now meet the winner of the Roger Federer-Fernando Verdasco quarter-final.
Tuesday 17 March 2009
Andy Murray continued his comeback from illness by easing into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at the expense of Paul-Henri Mathieu last night.
Sunday 15 March 2009
Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a hard-fought victory over Albert Montanes last night. Murray battled to a 7-5 6-3 win in his first singles match since being forced to withdraw before his quarter-final with Richard Gasquet in Dubai last month.
Sunday 01 March 2009
Friday 06 February 2009
Monday 15 December 2008
Financial giants revealed potential losses of almost £4 billion today as they joined a queue of investors caught up in an alleged fraud by investment manager Bernard Madoff.
Thursday 11 December 2008
Reed Elsevier's attempts to offload its $1bn (£680m) business arm collapsed yesterday after its remaining suitor made an offer that was "impossible" to accept, insiders said.
Sunday 07 December 2008
Reed Elsevier, the Ftse-100 media giant, is close to selling the publisher of New Scientist and Variety to US buyout group Bain Capital for $1bn (£680m), after its main rival pulled out.
Saturday 29 November 2008
A victory cheer that was a little premature
Standard Chartered Bank no doubt pays Finsbury a healthy retainer for its services, but the City PR firm does its best to earn its money. As the market closed on Thursday, when Standard Chartered's shares went ex-rights, Finsbury emailed contacts to crow about the 11 per cent gain the stock had racked up over the day. Sadly, come the end of the closing auction a few minutes later, the gain had turned into a 2 per cent loss. Still, you can't fault Finsbury for its efforts in getting even the briefest bit of good news out there for its clients.
Monday 06 October 2008
More than £93 billion was wiped from the value of the UK's biggest companies today as London's FTSE 100 suffered its biggest fall since Black Monday.
Monday 06 October 2008
Last night the Danish government became the fourth European country to announce that it would guarantee all deposits in Danish banks. Last week, the Irish government promised to protect all retail, commercial and inter-bank deposits, as well as senior debt, which caused investors to flock to Irish banks. The Greek government has made a similar pledge.
Wednesday 01 October 2008
An end to the American housing recession, something that many observers regard as essential to ending the credit crunch, seemed little closer yesterday, with US real estate prices falling by the sharpest annual rate ever in July, though the monthly rate of decline is slowing.
Tuesday 02 September 2008
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
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- 2 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Jeremy Clarkson calls on trolls to leave producer Oisin Tymon alone: 'None of this is his fault'