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In the midst of London’s stock market IPO boom, one mid-tier technology group is about to bid auf Wiedersehen.

Market Report: Thomas Cook's future gets a vote of confidence

Can Thomas Cook survive? There are some in the Square Mile who believe so, despite the troubled tour operator having suffered a terrible 2011. The group endured three profit warnings, two refinancings and one chief executive jumping ship last year, prompting its shares to lose more than nine-tenths of their value.

Expected fall in January tax revenue will give Chancellor a pre-Budget headache

The first indications that George Osborne's deficit reduction timetable is slipping could come this week with the release of the official public borrowing figures for January.

Spotlight On: Investec Bank savings accounts

The deal

Phoenix talks with CVC collapse

Takeover talks between the insurance company Phoenix and the private equity house CVC that have been rumbling on since November collapsed yesterday.

Flybe's UK passenger revenues tumble

More evidence of turbulence in the aviation sector emerged yesterday as Flybe's UK passenger revenues fell in the four months since October.

Robert Wiseman agrees £280m takeover by Müller

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

Germans swallow dairy giant Wiseman in £280m deal

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

Tullett Prebon axes 80 traders in London and New York

Around 80 traders at money broker Tullett Prebon have lost their jobs in the City and on Wall Street as austerity bites.

Factories to fall to lows of recession

British manufacturing could soon sink to levels not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, leading economists have warned.

Watson reaches Hobart safely

Australian teenager Jessica Watson can add the gruelling and often dangerous Sydney to Hobart yacht race to her list of sailing accomplishments.

Stephen Foley: MF Global mess shows need for drastic reform

US Outlook: Oh, 2011. Another year, and Wall Street invents another way for us to lose money we thought was safe.

Race rocked by spying claims

Australian supermaxi Investec Loyal's thrilling Sydney-Hobart win is under threat, after a protest claiming that its crew asked a media helicopter pilot to spy on the rival supermaxi Wild Oats XI during the race.

Capita snaps up translation firm

Capita has bought a translation business that acts for courts, prisons and police forces across the UK for £7.5m and up to a further £60m based on the next four years' profits.

Taxman saves BAE bonuses

The three top executives at defence giant BAE Systems have seen their bonus scheme salvaged by a tax deal from HM Revenue & Customs last Thursday.

Kenwright still seeks a saviour

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is doing all he can to find a buyer for the cash-strapped club.

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