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Home ownership sinks to 25-year low and could continue shrinking

Home ownership in the UK is at its lowest level since the mid-1980s, figures show.

Bullish Barratt plans dividend

The housebuilder Barratt Developments more than doubled profits and enjoyed a bullish start to 2013, racking up £1.1bn in orders during the first eight weeks of the year.

Builders bullish after boost from Bank lending scheme

A shot in the arm for the mortgage market from the Bank of England's Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme and government initiatives left two of Britain's biggest housebuilders on distinctly bullish form yesterday.

Posties could take delivery of Royal Mail shares in float

Royal Mail staff could end up owning a tenth of the group when it becomes the biggest privatisation since the 1980s, according to reports over the weekend.

Crest crosses the ocean for roadshow

The investor roadshow for the flotation of housebuilder Crest Nicholson moves to the UK this week, as its chief executive Stephen Stone tries to seal a valuation of up to £580m for the group.

Profit warnings jump to highest level since height of financial crisis

Company profit warnings jumped to their highest level since the height of the financial crisis last year amid fears over the economy and slower-than-expected demand from China.

Barratt plans 1,000 more homes as profits recover

Britain's biggest housebuilder was on bullish form today as it unveiled plans for an extra 1,000 homes in London and said it would more than double annual profits.

House sales and prices set to rise in early 2012

Nearly two-thirds of property owners believe house prices will rise over the next six months

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, must decide if he will appease traditionalists

Banks must serve society, not rule it says incoming Archbishop Justin Welby

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled a determination to take on controversial political rows in an article that excoriates the banking sector for failing the “common good” test.

Home sellers dropping asking prices by more than 3%

London prices forecast to grow by 3% in 2013

The scheme, being introduced across England in April 2015, is intended to help around 40,000 people each year who are forced to sell their homes to cover care costs

Care home companies could be forced to open books to prevent another 'Southern Cross' collapse

Care homes could be regulated to prevent a repeat of the Southern Cross crisis.

Former Citigroup chief executive Pandit receives £15.5m payour

Vikram Pandit will pick up nearly $15.5m (£9.75m) from Citigroup despite being forced to resign as chief executive last month.

Bank of Mum and Dad wants their money back

In Yorkshire, 92 per cent of families who help their first time buyer relatives with loans also ask for interest payments

The share price at Citi has fallen by nearly 90 per cent during Mr Pandit's tenure

The incredible shrinking bank

Vikram Pandit's abrupt departure as chief executive of Citigroup has revived questions about the bank's direction

BT staff pick up a £240m payout

About 20,000 staff at telecoms giant BT are celebrating an average tax-free windfall of £8000 a head as an employee Save-As-You-Earn share scheme vested yesterday.

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