News China’s new President Xi Jinping

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

Glencore ready to appoint IPO banks

Hopes that Glencore may be readying itself for a listing received a boost last night as it emerged that the Swiss commodities trader was close to strengthening its team of financial advisers ahead of a potential flotation in London and Hong Kong.

Market Report: ABF flavour of the day thanks to sugar outlook

There was a renewed appetite for Associated British Foods yesterday as analysts turned sweet on the group, arguing investors have missed how much of a boost it will get from sugar.

City awaits Royal Dutch Shell’s strategic review

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell will announce a strategic review on Tuesday.

Banks' profits soar as interest rates rise

Lloyds will pay out its first dividend since the financial crisis struck. Richard Northedge reports

Credit Suisse lowers profitability target

Credit Suisse cut its profitability target and dividend yesterday, blaming tighter capital regulations, after it missed fourth-quarter profit forecasts on disappointing fixed-income trading.

David Prosser: The Merlin magic exposed already

Outlook This bonus restraint seems to be spreading. Only 24 hours after George Osborne secured a pledge from British banks that bonuses would be lower this year, Credit Suisse yesterday said it was cutting its "variable compensation" – bonuses, that is – by 25 per cent.

Greencore given more time for Northern bid

Greencore persuaded Northern Foods to delay its shareholder meeting yesterday to give the Irish food producer more time to consider a counterbid to Ranjit Boparan's £342m takeover offer.

Will we recover, muddle through, or nosedive?

With the new year rung in, experts at the world's biggest banks are keen to predict the next economic trends. Nikhil Kumar gives the lowdown on their forecasts for 2011

Bolland vows to boost M&S sales by 25 per cent

Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has vowed to increase the retailer's sales by up to a quarter over the next three years by opening new UK and overseas stores, ramping up its online business and overhauling its brands.

Look to the future Marc, it's only just begun...

After six months in charge of Marks & Spencer, it is time for Marc Bolland to reveal his strategy. James Thompson reports

Market Report: Wolseley warms up on bullish sector comments

Wolseley continued its remarkable recent run yesterday, after bullish comments from Credit Suisse predicted an increase in homeowners and businesses "improving, not moving".

Investment Column: Leave Capital Shopping on the shelf

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UBS says credit crunch bosses are off the hook

UBS sought to brush its disastrous performance during the financial crisis under the carpet yesterday by admitting mistakes but ruling out any legal action against its former bosses.

Kazakhmys strengthens Astana government ties

FTSE 100 company's chairman sells stake to Kazakh administration
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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea