Skipton swallows Chesham amid squeeze on margins and deposits

Chesham Building Society yesterday became the latest casualty of the ongoing financial crisis as it agreed to be taken over by the much larger Skipton Building Society.

Sports Direct to block £20m rescue plan for Blacks Leisure

Ashley seizes back Blacks' stake to enable vote at EGM

Obama says stimulus bill saved troubled US economy

President Barack Obama vigorously defended his $787bn stimulus today, insisting it rescued Americans from the worst of the economic calamity and ripping Republican critics who called it a waste.

Prince to save historic pottery from closure

Charles's charity to turn Victorian site into tourist attraction, protecting 40 jobs

Hamish McRae: Rescue Greece and we help ourselves

The consequences of a Eurozone member not repaying its debt would be unthinkable

FSA switches auditors

A government decision to force the Financial Services Authority to change auditor will save the regulator almost £100,000 a year. Under pressure from MPs, the FSA is to replace accountants Grant Thornton with the National Audit Office.

Political interference is banks' biggest risk

Bankers are complaining that political interference is now the biggest risk facing the banking industry, a report published this morning will say.

Minister: Bankers' reputations tarnished beyond repair

The reputation of bankers has been tarnished "seemingly beyond repair" by the financial crisis, City minister Lord Myners said today.

West Ham set to turn down 'rescue package'

Gold and Sullivan's offer guarantees £20m for players in exchange for full control

Darling cedes final say on bank bailouts to Europe

UK's 'fiscal responsibility' can be over-ridden, text of European Union deal reveals

Creditors back Blacks Leisure rescue plan

Yesterday marked a "pivotal moment" for the camping and outdoor equipment retailer Blacks Leisure as creditors backed its rescue plan, saving 4,300 jobs.

David Prosser: Credit where it is due

Outlook How times change. Only five years ago, the nation's shoppers routinely congratulated each other on how they had managed to outwit the credit card companies. Egged on by internet chat forums, borrowers moved thousands of pounds from card to card, taking advantage of interest-free offers and racking up free debt.

Blue-chip bonuses average £500,000

Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies still enjoying windfalls and pay increases

Walker set to clamp down on bankers' pay

City grandee Sir David Walker will recommend banning banks from paying guaranteed bonuses to staff when he publishes his final review into corporate governance at the end of next month.

Ben Chu: Opponents of a return to Glass-Steagall miss the point

The argument against an enforced separation of retail and investment banks - as made by the Government and the Lex column in the Financial Times - seems to based on the fact that both types of bank had to be rescued in the recent financial crisis.

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