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Outlook Now just how does that saying go about sinking ships and desertion?

David Prosser: Ofgem's chance to settle the energy row

Outlook It was Centrica's turn yesterday, but ask any of the big six energy providers in the UK about profit margins and customer exploitation and you will get a similar answer: gas and electricity prices in the UK are lower than almost anywhere else in Europe, and countless – 15 or more – regulatory probes into the sector have passed without any substantive competition issues being identified.

British Gas reveals record £742m profit

The UK's biggest energy supplier unveiled a record profit haul today just weeks after it hiked bills amid the coldest winter in 100 years.

Centrica signs £2bn gas deal with Qatar

Centrica signed the UK's first long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract with Qatar yesterday, to coincide with a trade mission to the Gulf led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Centrica in £2bn Qatar gas deal

British Gas parent Centrica today announced a £2 billion deal with Qatar for the supply of enough gas to meet the needs of around 2.5 million UK households.

The Week Ahead: Highest profits for years expected from Centrica

With expectations high for its preliminary results on Thursday, analysts are warning that a strong performance from Centrica could lead it to face criticism.

Market Report: Bid talk and profit hopes see Centrica charge up

Bullish comments on its profitability, coupled with continuing speculation of a takeover bid, helped Centrica power its way up the blue-chip index last night.

Market Report: ARM Holdings' year just keeps on getting better

Surging to the top of the blue-chip index, ARM Holdings continued its fantastic start to 2011 yesterday as analysts predicted that there could be further highs to come.

Rudd calls executives to fight for AV

Roland Rudd, the City's best-known PR adviser, is forming a powerful campaign group of top chairman and leading industrialists to lobby for a Yes result in May's referendum on electoral reform.

Market Report: Rentokil defies critics to rise after key resignation

The resignation of a senior boss and a savaging from brokers is not normally the recipe for a share price rise, yet that is exactly what Rentokil Initial enjoyed yesterday.

The Business On: Roger Carr, Chairman, Centrica

Didn't he resign?

Centrica's strength built on the tears and spirit of Venture

When buying the independent oil explorer for £1.3bn a year ago, the British Gas owner struck liquid gold

Wagstaff ploughs Venture pay-off into British sparkling wine

Mike Wagstaff has ploughed some of the near-£20m he made from the sale of Venture Production into creating "one of the finest sparkling wines in the UK".

Gas bill rises to boost Centrica

Centrica predicted its profits would beat City expectations of £2.2bn this year, just days after it said it was putting up prices for British Gas customers.

British Gas hikes energy bills by 7%

Around eight million British Gas customers will face higher utility bills from next month as the energy supplier today confirmed a hike in tariffs.

No 10 asks for business chiefs' help to cut jobs

Britain's most senior civil servant is to call in a group of businessmen to advise on how to make thousands of job cuts
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