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The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Outlook: Back-to-the-future banking on the cards at HSBC – or is that Midland?

Outlook: The bank has reportedly sounded out investors about the partial flotation of its UK bank

HSBC retail arm spin-off talk fails to impress the City

City insiders today played down talk that HSBC could be planning to float off a slug of its UK High Street business with a potential value of £20 billion.

HSBC retail arm spin-off talk fails to impress the City

City insiders today played down talk that HSBC could be planning to float off a slug of its UK High Street business with a potential value of £20 billion.

HSBC eyes £20bn spin-off of UK retail arm

Banking giant HSBC is considering a possible flotation of its British division, according to the Financial Times, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

Market Report: The wider market followed Europe's lead and fell into the red

From Black Friday to Cyber or Mega Monday – the marketing machine to promote Christmas shopping was in full swing yesterday, but the stock market resembled meagre Monday as a series of downgrades and margin warnings hit the retail sector.

The 'space race' of opening big supermarkets is over

Tesco share price hit by broker downgrade

Tesco suffered a downgrade to its share price rating from a major stockbroker today amid concerns about whether it can really sustain its current profit margins.

The Week Ahead: Analysts are betting Betfair is onto a winner

Place your bets ahead of tomorrow when Betfair reports its half-year results.

Market Report: Fears Aberdeen could be caught up in expensive bidding war

Reports from Down Under that could mean an expensive bidding war for fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management sent it to the bottom of the Footsie yesterday.

Door opens on second phase of Help to Buy

The second phase of the Help to Buy scheme was launched yesterday as banks finally published details of their deals. To date, only the Government-backed banks have announced rates, with RBS and NatWest already taking applications and the Halifax set to start in a few days.

HSBC joins £12bn Help to Buy plan with bank to offer mortgages worth up to 95%

HSBC provided a major boost to the Government's Help to Buy scheme when it confirmed that it would begin offering mortgages worth up to 95 per cent of property values under the initiative.

Bullish of England Bank sends pound skywards after growth upgrade

Bank of England rate-setters sent the pound surging today as they struck a bullish note on the recovery and hiked growth forecasts.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 18 September 2013

IG group benefit from uncertainty

Fifth of workers say they will never be able to afford to retire

Nearly one in five workers in Britain is resigned to the fact that they will have to toil away for a lifetime.

Barclays rated as ‘worst bank’ for honesty and customer service

Barclays is the worst bank for honesty and customer service, according to an ethical scorecard launched to guide those looking to switch their current accounts.

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