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HSBC announce 10% profit growth despite drop in revenues

Banking giant HSBC announced today that first-half year profits grew 10 per cent on the previous year to 14.1 billion US dollars (£9.2 billion) on lower bad debts and shrinking costs.

HSBC has asked foreign diplomats in London to close their accounts

HSBC asks foreign diplomats to close accounts

Group representing foreign missions says decision has 'caused havoc'

HSBC awards market's top audit to PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers has won the most lucrative audit in the FTSE 100 after being chosen to replace KPMG at banking giant HSBC.

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Spain is the favoured destination for 1 in 4 holiday home buyers

Economy hopes boosted by factories ahead of key official growth data

British and European manufacturers put their Chinese rivals in the shade yesterday amid more recovery signs for the economy.

Market Report: Heatwave goes down well at Wetherspoon

Thirsty traders were diving into the pubs group JD Wetherspoon as the heatwave helped to sell more pints and glasses of Pimm's. Wetherspoon raised its profit guidance for the year and the chairman and founder, Tim Martin, said he was "more bullish" after the positive period.

Most City analysts had pencilled in about £433 million pre-tax profit for easyJet

EasyJet lifts profit forecast after rivals start to pull out of routes

EasyJet flew still higher today with shares up almost 8 per cent as struggling competitors pulling out of routes helped the budget carrier put out a stronger-than-expected profit forecast for this year.

Market Report: Switch by Samsung hurts Imagination

A decision out of South Korea to use microchips designed in Cambridge rather than Kings Langley in Hertfordshire caused Imagination Technologies to tumble to the bottom spot on the mid cap index yesterday.

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Oh my Lord! Peer says he uses DVLA 'friends' to track down motorists who drop litter

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Market Report: Bank guru’s faith causes RBS to leap

Punters with an interest in financial stocks have been avid followers of the banking guru Ian Gordon at Investec, and his latest missive pushed up Royal Bank of Scotland by more than 5 per cent. Mr Gordon’s stance on the taxpayer-owned bank changed from negative – after more than five months as a seller – in March, when he moved to a hold rating. He raised this to a buy earlier in the summer, and now thinks RBS will be a “key beneficiary of last Friday’s strong mortgage data”. (May was the best month since October 2008.)

Japan economy powers ahead as China wobbles

Asia’s manufacturing titans were subject to contrasting fortunes today: Japan’s biggest firms were buoyed by rising optimism but China was hit by a credit squeeze and falling orders.

Investment Insider: Be smart over shares as economy recovers

Choose carefully and you may benefit as we come out of recession

Red tape forces Barclays to stop UK Somali workers sending cash home

Worldwide pressure is growing on governments to find a solution to the withdrawal of banking to money service companies, which is hitting hard-pressed communities in Somalia.

Regulator tells Barclays, Lloyds and RBS to plug £27bn hole in finances

The scale of the challenge facing policymakers to return Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland to private ownership became clearer today as the banking industry was told to raise another £13.4 billion.

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