News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has announced plans to open 60 of its own branded stores in Britain and six other European countries, in a bid to challenge Apple's successful retail store approach.

Seagate buys Samsung division

Seagate Technology is to buy Samsung Electronics's loss-making hard-disk-drive (HDD) business for $1.4bn (£858m) as the US group looks to combat rival Western Digital Corp and arrest price wars that have damaged the industry.

HSBC joins apprenticeship scheme

HSBC will join the Government's financial apprenticeship scheme, aimed at non-graduate employees. Qualification will take about 18 months to complete and a quarter of the apprentices will be new recruits. Liz Field, the chief executive of the Financial Skills Partnership, said: "Employer-hosted programmes like this could boost the skills of an entire generation."

David Prosser: HSBC keeps us all guessing

Outlook Also hoping to put its troubles behind it is HSBC. After the public infighting of last week, the bank's senior directors were all very gracious about each other yesterday as they met up in Shanghai for the board meeting that had been due to sign off on its management shake-up. Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive in waiting, was in particularly conciliatory mood, softening his tone on whether the bank might quit the UK.

Hong Kong tycoon buys up UK electricity networks

Hong Kong's business “Superman” Li Ka-Shing is paying £5.8bn for energy giant EDF’s 100,000 miles of the UK’s electricity network.

Arrow succumbs to raised offer from Shell and PetroChina

Australia's Arrow Energy has accepted an improved takeover offer of A$3.44bn (£2.1bn) from Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina.

Samsung aims to treble smartphone sales in 2010

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said today it aimed to treble smartphone shipments this year to more than 18 million units as the world's second-biggest cellphone maker scrambles to make a mark in the fast-growing smartphone market.

First Welsh speaking mobile phone unveiled

A mobile phone that predicts Welsh text messages was unveiled today.

Win the latest Samsung NC10 Netbook

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Peter Bills: HSBC's Lions sponsorship is commendable

Banks, eh? Most of this nation and plenty of others around the world would like to see those who run them strung up from the nearest lamp post.

PetroChina becomes world's biggest firm

It is another symbol of the way in which the world of capitalism is shifting on its axis. PetroChina, the listed arm of China's state oil business, has become the largest company in the world, surpassing its rivals in the West.

HSBC rejects bail-out speculation

HSBC today rejected speculation that it may be next in line to seek capital support from the Government.

Jeremy Warner: HSBC and the search for capital

Outlook I don't want to get back into the debate about whether HSBC needs more capital or not. Morgan Stanley yesterday added itself to the growing list of securities houses to say that it does, but there are still plenty of others who think the bank will be able to trade its way through the recession without resort to shareholders or governments. Whatever the answer, HSBC would be in a much worse position today than it is, with still relatively healthy capital ratios, had it listened to the siren calls a few years ago urging it to repatriate great wadges of capital and pay it out to shareholders. Most other banks succumbed, leaving them hopelessly undercapitalised when the downturn hit. HSBC resisted.

HSBC to axe 500 jobs

Banking giant HSBC is to axe more than 500 jobs across the country, union leaders were told today.

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