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Relative of President Xi Jinping accused of being a director of an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands

Banks reveal extent of 'dark pool' trading

Six big investment banks published trading volumes for their "dark pools" for the first time yesterday, showing them as a tiny fraction of the market and not the major hidden rivals to stock exchanges that some argue.

Investment Column: SSE is solid but its ambitions are a worry

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Investment Column: Capita set to benefit from state outsourcing

Inmarsat; Avon Rubber

Prudential close to agreeing deal with FSA for £24bn takeover of Asia business

The Prudential and the Financial Services Authority are close to striking an agreement over the insurance giant's planned £24bn takeover of its Asian rival AIA, after intervention by the City watchdog last week delayed a rights issue to fund the takeover.

The man from the Pru with his head on the block

Tidjane Thiam is feeling the heat after last week's prospectus fiasco. Simon Evans reports

L&G leads call for Pru to cut AIA deal price

The Prudential will seek this week to renegotiate the price of its $35.5bn (£24bn) deal to buy AIG's Asian assets amid growing anger among investors about the proposed takeover.

Market Report: Markets haunted by fears of debt contagion

The London market suffered another bruising session last night as traders sold out on worries that southern Europe's sovereign debt storm could worsen despite recent agreement on the Greek bailout.

It's not so much a job, more a way of British retail life

Marc Bolland has big boots to fill at M&S. He must pull in young shoppers, sweeten global performance and not blink at a huge pension deficit. James Thompson reports

Havas hails advertising recovery

Havas, the marketing group headed by Vincent Bolloré, has returned to growth for the first quarter in more than a year, after winning contracts from companies including Credit Suisse, Heineken and Comet.

Market Report: RBS leads the Footsie as bulls sniff gains

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was the only story in town last night, touching a session high above the Treasury's buy-in price as traders eyed the potential for a doubling of the share price.

Business Diary: Save money twice with redundancies

An outfit called Desk Space Genie is in touch to suggest a little money-making scheme for these difficult times. If your company has been through a redundancy programme, why not earn a few bob renting out the desks that the poor unfortunates vacated. Desk Space Genie even has an online exchange to let you advertise the desk space you can offer.

City firms fined £4.2m for trading data failure

Three City firms were hit with fines totalling £4.2 million today after repeatedly failing to provide trading figures which help the regulator spot market abuse.

Market Report: Exane puts takeover spotlight back on Aegis

The marketing group Aegis was in focus as bid hopes came back to the fore last night.

Roles reversed in South Coast showdown

Debt-riddled Portsmouth face Saints in the FA Cup today, with their bitter rivals full of hope thanks to Liebherr's millions
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