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British Gas pledges better bill transparency

'We haven't made it easy for customers in the past,' it admits

Centrica signs £1bn Norweigan North Sea deal with Statoil

Centrica accelerated its push into oil and gas production yesterday as the owner of British Gas invested £1bn in the Norwegian North Sea.

Centrica signs £14bn of deals with Statoil

Centrica accelerated its push into oil and gas production yesterday as the owner of British Gas invested £1bn in the Norwegian North Sea.

The 10-year, £13 billion agreement with Norway's Statoil involves the supply of 50 billion cubic metres of gas to the UK from 2015

Centrica signs £13bn Norway supply deal

British Gas owner Centrica signed a supply deal today that will secure sufficient gas to meet around 5% of the UK's annual demand.

Leading article: Whatever the weather, someone pays the price

There is a certain poetic justice in the news that the warmer weather is being blamed for losses that British Gas has made since April. Profits are down 54 per cent on last year. But the truth is that consumer revenge may be as responsible as divine retribution. The company's decision to hike its gas prices by 18 per cent, and its electricity by almost as much, has led to large numbers of customers switching to other suppliers.

Investment Column: Pearson is a good bet in turbulent times

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Market Report: Centrica on the gas as investors eye cash return

With turmoil in the market forcing investors to cower behind the cover of the defensive stocks, Centrica was among the few risers yesterday as shareholders in the owner of British Gas were told they could be in line for a cash return.

Npower and E.ON set to hike prices as cost of wholesale gas soars

Npower and E.ON are set to become the latest energy suppliers to announce price hikes this week, a rise prompted by the 30 per cent increase in the wholesale cost of gas, so far this year.

Centrica blames fuel efficiency for profit slide at British Gas

Centrica blamed warm weather, rising wholesale prices, bigger taxes and its customers' increasing energy efficiency as its British Gas subsidiary reported a 54 per cent dive in first-half profits.

Leading article: Energy market is not working in the interests of customers

Movements in the wholesale price of energy only get passed on to customers when they rise

Energy giant Centrica unveils £1.3 billion profits

Utility giant Centrica came under fire from consumer groups today after it unveiled £1.3 billion in half-year profits - including £270 million for its residential arm British Gas - just weeks after announcing a price hike.

British Gas fined £2.5m for failures

Centrica's British Gas has been fined £2.5m for failing to handle customer complaints correctly.

Tax tweak to encourage North Sea oil investment

The government has tweaked the tax rules for North Sea oil and gas production after the protests that greeted the tax increases outlined in the Budget.

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