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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.

YouTube channels Google with search-driven ads

Facing more pressure to profit from its huge audience, YouTube is letting advertisers promote their commercial clips alongside the search results at the internet's most popular video site.

Demerger shelved as Land Securities posts £1.7bn loss

Land Securities is mothballing its planned three-way demerger because of the "unprecedented period of financial instability" which has seen the company's net asset value down nearly a fifth in six months.

Market update - 7 November

The FTSE 100 was up 67.15 points at 4339.56 and the FTSE 250 climbed to 6623.54, up 102.52 points, at 11.57am today.

Reed Elsevier choice of CEO fuels merger gossip

Ian Smith, the former chief executive of the housebuilder Taylor Woodrow, is to take the reins at Reed Elsevier, the publishing group said yesterday. The move came as a surprise to investors, who had expected the appointment of someone with a background in the industry.

Market update - 4 November

The FTSE 100 was up 78.1 points at 4521.38 while the FTSE 250 climbed to 6686.27, up 242.56 points, at 11.46am today.

New RBS chief pledges group-wide shake-up

Royal Bank of Scotland's new chief executive today said the bank would remain a global business, but pledged a "thorough" review that will see costs targeted and divisions potentially sold off.

£17bn needed to fund Lloyds TSB and HBOS merger and boost balances

Lloyds TSB and HBOS will need to raise £17bn to fund the planned merger and boost their balance sheets, but Lloyds today pledged to repay £4bn of taxpayer cash by the end of 2009.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Calling all colleagues: adopt brace position

If you work in advertising or the media and you haven't had the email yet, it's only a matter of time. It's the email that orders collective belt-tightening, a brake on all recruitment, perhaps mandatory redundancies and it's infiltrating in-boxes around town. Adopt the brace position.

Market Report: Mining sector slumps amid fears of recession

Commodity stocks slumped to fresh lows last night after recessionary fears took root across the London market, sending the FTSE 100 down towards the 4,000-point mark.

Market Report: Kaupthing's positions keep traders busy

It was a savage day in London, with the market swings leaving traders with whiplash as they tried to digest the emergency bank bailout and the interest rate cut. When the dust had settled, it was clear that fear was still stalking the market as it finished down 5 per cent.

The Week Ahead: Sainsbury's to give clues to outlook for sector

The outlook will be key when the supermarket chain J Sainsbury posts its second-quarter update on Wednesday. Citigroup and Panmure Gordon analysts anticipate like-for-like sales growth of between 3.5 and 4 per cent, excluding fuel, while JP Morgan forecasts a 4.7 per cent hike in the 16 weeks to 4 October.

FTSE nerves jangle on Twitchy Tuesday

A fresh sell-off after last night's rejection of the $700bn (£388bn) bank bail-out sent London's leading shares on a jumpy ride today.

The Investment Column: Cape Group is a safe bet in choppy waters

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Hamworthy hit by £4.6m stocks blunder

The oil and gas services group Hamworthy has been forced to admit to a £4.6m blunder over the value of its stocks. The £250m firm blamed the finance boss of one of its subsidiaries who has now been replaced.

B&B plunges into £27m loss as bad debts mount

Compounding a dreadful year so far, Bradford & Bingley revealed yesterday that it had plunged into the red during the first six months, following rising bad debts, a string of writedowns and losses on investments.

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