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

New share windfalls for Goldman Sachs partners

London staff compensated for last year's bonus tax restraint

Market Report: Bellway builds on hopes of housing sector gains

Housing stocks drew interest last night, with Bellway firming on the view that, notwithstanding the risk of further house price falls, there were still gains to be made in the sector.

Lucerne Festival comes to the big screen

London's Odeon Covent Garden may not be as idyllic as the lakeside setting of the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. But classical music lovers can catch the final concert in its summer festival with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic broadcast in a handful of cinemas in the UK, on Saturday at 5.30pm.

Market Report: Whitehall vow to honour contracts boosts Logica

Outsourcers were in favour, with Logica climbing higher, as fears of cutbacks and delays to Government contracts began to fade last night.

Market Report: Aveva wobbles amid valuation concerns

Valuation concerns weighed on Aveva last night, with the bears moving in on worries that the software group's shares could be discounting too much in the way of earnings upgrades.

Does Bob Diamond have polish for top job?

Barclays thinks so and has appointed the prickly investment banker as its new chief executive

SocGen fined £1.5m for poor reporting

The City watchdog has handed Société Générale, the victim of France's largest ever rogue trading scandal two years ago, a fine of £1.5m after it failed to accurately report millions of trades.

French bank fined £1.6 million for reporting failures

The City regulator today slapped a £1.6 million fine on the London branch of investment bank Societe Generale after systematic financial reporting failures over more than two years.

Barclays' bankers share £1.7bn bonus pool as profits surge ahead

Barclays set aside a £1.7bn bonus pool for its staff in the first half of the year as profits surged to £3.9bn. The bonus pool will be benefit 150,000 staff, but the lion's share will go to Bob Diamond's investment bankers at Barclays Capital.

German police raid Credit Suisse as part of tax inquiry

German police yesterday launched raids on several offices of Credit Suisse as part of an investigation into whether staff at the Swiss bank helped clients evade taxes.

Aon's purchase of Hewitt creates human resources giant

Aon, the world's largest insurance brokerage, is to buy Hewitt Associates for $4.9bn (£3.3bn) in cash and stock to create the world's largest human resources company.

Credit Suisse faces tough competition

Credit Suisse has been warned it will not be guaranteed the mandate to advise Santander on a possible flotation of its UK business.

'A shambles and a Disgrace' – The Pru reaps the whirlwind

But insurer's chairman says 'no reason' for directors to quit after blowing £450m on failed AIA deal. James Moore reports

Market Report: ICAP gains ground as market continues to slide

The market rally came to an end last night, with the FTSE 100 sliding as sovereign debt fears resurfaced, but ICAP stood firm as traders eyed the upside of the recent spike in volatility.

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