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Fears that Ladbrokes could be forced to shutter loss-making bookies sent the betting group tumbling nearly 5 per cent.

What to do? Paul Downton must decide how to change Alastair Cook’s England to prevent future defeats like Friday’s

England’s next test: Who gets the chop?

Another game, another fiasco. New head Paul Downton must ensure the right calls are made to rebuild squad

Mergermarket sell off has private-equity firms pondering bids

A host of private-equity firms are mulling bids for Mergermarket, the online bible for City rumour and gossip that is being offloaded by Financial Times-owner Pearson.

Morrisons set to reveal a new profit blow

The chief executive of the Morrisons supermarket chain will have to defend another fall in profits this week, although he is expected to boast of a turnaround following its recent dire sales.

Schroders eyes a takeover of Cazenove

Two of the oldest names in the City look set to come together after fund management group Schroders said it is considering a takeover of its smaller rival Cazenove Capital.

Former trader jailed for four years for insider dealing

A former futures trader was yesterday sentenced to four years jail after being found guilty of insider dealing.

Renaissance offer for Andrew Osborne

The former Bank of America Merrill Lynch corporate broker at the centre of a Financial Services Authority (FSA) "market abuse" crackdown has been offered a return to the City by Russia's Renaissance Capital.

Market Report: Dividend let down sees BT miss out on bounce back

Investors in BT have been licking their lips recently at the prospect of a dividend hike. Ever since the telecoms giant announced new plans last month to tackle its massive pension deficit, hopes have been rising that a large increase to shareholder payouts would be the next step for the company.

Mothercare's profit fall adds to new boss's woes

Maternity retailer's 10 per cent sales slump shows extent of task facing incoming chief executive

Weir takes top City job

Barry Weir, one of JPMorgan Cazenove's top deal makers, is set to replace Ian Hannam, the banker known as the "king of mining", as chairman of equity capital markets at the investment bank.

Moorgate site considered for Bank regulator

The Bank of England is to spread its empire from Threadneadle Street to Moorgate as it decides on a home for the new City regulator.

Market Report: Man trips again – and falls to its lowest for 10 years

"Man down!" was the cry from the Square Mile last night.

End of an era as Mayhew steps down from Caz job

British banking marked the end of an era yesterday as JP Morgan Cazenove announced that David Mayhew, its chairman, was stepping down after more than four decades at the City's most illustrious broker.

Mayhew set to retire as Caz chairman

The City grandee David Mayhew is expected to announce he is stepping back from day-to-day management of JPMorgan Cazenove today, relinquishing his role as chairman at the blue-blooded City broker.

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
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Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

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Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'