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The City stockbroker Northland Capital Partners has been thrown into turmoil by the departure of its UK chairman and managing director.

Market Report: Investors dig in to Camec on talk of Swiss interest

Bid speculation sparked a rally in the Central African Mining and Exploration Company (Camec), yesterday.

Kingfisher cuts targets as depressed housing market sinks DIY sales

Kingfisher, the retail giant that owns B&Q, warned yesterday that the DIY sector has been hit by the slowdown in the property market and the wider economy, revealing that its sales plunged in the past few months.

Chaos at B&B 'fuelling fears of small investors'

The UK Shareholders Association (UKSA) has poured scorn on Bradford & Bingley's claim that its renegotiated rights issue is more attractive for small investors.

City limits: Credit crunch hits home

The credit crunch has come home to roost, with Collins Stewart warning of a slump in profits and the City's best-known brokers set to merge to save money. By Nick Clark

Collins Stewart hit by fall in number of floats

The plunge in demand from small companies looking to raise money on the London markets could decimate broker profits this year, with Collins Stewart yesterday admitting its revenues from the capital markets were "low" in the wake of the credit crunch. The number of companies listing on the Alternative Investment Market has fallen 75 per cent this year.

The Week Ahead: Rising fuel costs unlikely to clip easyJet's wings

Resurgent oil prices have turned the spotlight on the aviation sector, which must struggle with higher costs while a prolonged economic slowdown is on the horizon. But, despite mounting concern for the sector, analysts think easyJet, the no-frills airline which is due to publish its half-year results

Survival of the fittest: Evolution is back on track

The brokerage was on its knees a few years ago – now it's in a prime position to mop up some ailing competitors. Simon Evans reports

Close Brothers fears deal-makers' exodus as salary lock-ins come to an end

Close Brothers, the mid-market investment bank, fears an exodus of staff next year when so-called salary "lock-ins" mature.

Market Report: FKI surges on hopes of an imminent takeover

FKI is the focus of renewed bid speculation. The engineering company has been a feature of market chatter for many weeks now. At various times, different rumours have suggested that either the company was about to receive a counter offer to the revised proposal made by the engineering conglomerate Melrose, in March, or that the second bidder had dropped out, robbing investors of the pleasure of a bidding war.

HSBC bucks trend on mortgage deals

HSBC bucked the squeeze in the mortgage market today by offering to match homeowners' existing fixed-rate deals.

Staff and investors poised to turn on Close Brothers

Senior management at Close Brothers, including chairman Rod Kent and chief executive Colin Keogh, will tomorrow face the wrath of its investors in the wake of its bungled sell-off which collapsed last Friday.

The Analyst: Include the best stocks? What an idea

I have featured esoteric and higher-risk funds in this column more often than not. However, this week I am going back to basics and focusing on a new core UK fund: Collins Stewart UK Focus. Collins Stewart is an independent financial services company, and recently stepped into the shop window of retail fund management.

Kurt Geiger sold in £95m buyout

Kurt Geiger, the luxury shoe retailer, has been bought for £95m in a management-led buyout backed by the private equity firm Graphite Capital.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes