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Centrica expected to win battle for oil-and-gas group Venture Production

Ftse-100 energy giant Centrica is set to win its £1.3bn battle to take over Venture Production, a North Sea oil-and-gas group.

Cold weather boosts British Gas profits

British Gas owner Centrica said its residential profits rose 80 per cent in the first half of the year due to last year's price hikes and a colder than average winter.

Centrica chief: Hostile bid will hold gas prices

Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive at Ftse 100 energy giant Centrica, has vowed that his £1.3bn hostile bid for North Sea oil and gas group Venture Production will stabilise prices for its 10 million households.

Centrica tables bid for Venture

Centrica is offering 845p a share cash to buy Venture in a deal that values the Scottish oil and gas producer at £1.3bn.

Centrica set to make £1bn hostile bid for rival Venture Production

British Gas owner Centrica is expected to make a hostile £1bn-plus bid for Venture Production, the oil and gas production company.

Centrica prepared to go hostile if Venture rejects bid

British Gas owner Centrica is prepared to go hostile in its 850p-a-share bid for oil and gas group Venture Production as its prey holds out for 950p.

Financial Stability Committee named

The chairman of Tate & Lyle and the chief executive of the Pru are among the newly appointed members of the Bank of England's Financial Stability Committee, a high level committee set up to monitor financial stability.

British Gas cuts electricity prices

Britain's biggest household energy supplier, British Gas, cut its electricity prices by 10 per cent today, its parent company Centrica said.

Market Report: L&G advances as rights issue fears ease

Legal & General bucked the market trend last night, rising by 5 per cent or 1.5p to 31.2p, after a City broker weighed in with words of support.

Profits fall 34% at Centrica's British Gas unit

Rising wholesale prices bring soaring profits, and taxes, at production business

1,500 new jobs for Centrica

Centrica announced plans today to create around 1,500 engineering and "green" jobs at British Gas this year as part of a £15bn investment plan.

Profits slide hits British Gas

Centrica said today its British Gas residential arm made profits of £379 million last year.

The Week Ahead: Investors hope for better outlook from banks

The banking sector is set to dominate the headlines again this week, with Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group due to report full-year results on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Threat of gas price rise as reserves run dry

Pipeline breakdowns and cold weather leave yawning breach in nation's energy security

Power stations get green light

Three new power stations with the capacity to provide electricity to four million homes were given the go-ahead by the government yesterday.

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