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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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