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The French could be running more of Britain’s transport network after state transport group Keolis/Eurostar was named one of three shortlisted bidders for the reprivatisation of the East Coast franchise.

Market Report: Bright start in Asia helps the new year glow

The first session of the new year offered a little hope for those beleaguered traders in the Square Mile, although activity isn't really expected to start in earnest until Monday.

Market Report: Rio Tinto slides further amid debt fears

A number of leading miners fell back following fresh falls in commodities prices last night.

Market update - 3 December

The FTSE 100 was down 23.49 points at 4099.37 while the FTSE 250 fell to 5763.95, down 96.44 points, at 11.59am.

Letters: Debt-happy Banks

Credit crunch? Not at this debt-happy bank

Market Report: Yell driven up by Invesco stake-building

Stake-building and talk of a possible refinancing deal boosted Yell, the directories group, which advanced 11.8 per cent, or 9.5p, to 90p yesterday.

Geared up for super savers

Travel will take up a big part of your budget so it pays to keep an eye out for bargains, says Anne Giacomantonio

The 50 Best Railway Journeys

Anthony Lambert takes a grand tour of the world’s greatest train rides

Market Report: Chinese whispers help BHP to hit new high

Stake-building rumours gave strength to BHP Billiton, the FTSE 100-listed miner, which soared to a record high of 2,139p yesterday.

Hold the tartan! This new look scores a hole in one

Isn't Gleneagles just a stuffy golf hotel? Kate Simon reports on an £18m refurbishment that's bringing the old place bang up to date

Foreign predators snap up record£81bn of British firms

The value of UK companies falling into foreign hands hit record levels last year, according to Government numbers, marking the country's fourth consecutive year as a net seller of companies.

Market Report: Investors bet on William Hill to dispel the gloom

The markets swung violently yesterday, as fears of the weakening global economy intensified. As the dust settled, one story that had the high rollers laying down heavy stakes was a potential bid for William Hill. The stock, and the gambling sector in general, is not new to consolidation chat, but the noise around this particular mid-tier group has intensified over the past week. On a day the FTSE 250 gave up 119 points, William Hill stormed up 9.37 per cent to 405.75p on talk of the offer from an unnamed suitor.

Henry transforms the anger that burns within into ceaseless search for perfection

Striker who plays with the streets in his soul will not be content even with a Champions' League medal, writes Jason Burt

Former Man Utd boss wrote to support disgraced financier

Martin Edwards, the former Manchester United chairman arrested as part of a money-laundering probe, wrote late last year in support of disgraced financier Michael Brown to the banking giant investigating him.

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