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Barclays is also poised to axe 400 investment bank jobs on top of the 1700 it announced a year ago in a bid to slash costs

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.

The Week Ahead: Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment

Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment from investors at its half-year results tomorrow. They are still reeling from its profit warning in October.

Osborne begged: don't hit savers next Thursday

Savings experts are worried about what changes the Chancellor will make next week

The Week Ahead: Pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon

Investors will be hoping the pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon when it reveals first-half results.

Vice has given i-D, the cult style magazine from the Eighties and popular with fashion designer Pam Hogg (pictured), a new lease of life since buying it last year

Murdoch family tighten their grip on Vice

Everybody is talking about the youth media company since Rupert bought a stake. Now, James is set to join the board

Market Report: A rise in Enterprise Inns' share price let Ted Tuppen go out on a high

Investors in Enterprise Inns raised a glass yesterday as sales increased. News of the 0.6 per cent rise in the final quarter of the pub group's financial year accompanied a full-year pre-tax profit of £121m – flat on the previous year. The shares soaked up a 16p rise to 154p, which meant founder and chief executive Ted Tuppen was able to go out on a high.

In brief: Birds Eye owner plans to double business; Latchways results warning; RBS to shed investment banking; Reuters man to chair Investis

Birds Eye owner plans to double size of its business

Iglo Group, whose brands include Birds Eye, has set out plans to double the size of the business to €3.2bn (£2.7bn) by 2020. The chief executive, Elio Leonim Sceti, has put Havas in charge of its marketing strategy. The UK, Italy, Germany and Austria are the group’s largest markets, representing about 85 per cent of turnover.

Paris shooting: Fear of repeat attacks as police hunt gunman that opened fire on Libération newspaper

Soon afterwards shots were fired at the headquarters of a major French bank just west of Paris, and a gunman took a man hostage briefly nearby

After Co-op, the building society bosses with no bank experience

The Co-operative began a root and branch review of its “democratic structure” last night in the wake of the mounting scandal over the drug-taking of the former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

What the Sunday Papers Said

Independent on Sunday: Firms fight for Iraq investment opportunity

Executives from Eversheds, Foster Wheeler and BT will embark this week on the biggest British trade mission to Iraq for a decade. UK Trade & Investment wants to boost trade with the oil-rich nation, as British companies failed to win many lucrative contracts in Iraq even after its heavy involvement in deposing Saddam Hussein. Experts estimate that Iraq needs $1 trillion (£620bn) of investment.

Britain's banks and financial firms take part in major cyber 'war game' exercise

Simulation designed to mimic a real-time threat - dubbed Waking Shark II - is set to be one of the largest of its kind in the world

Market Report: RSA gives second profit warning in a week

The discovery of a black hole in RSA’s Irish accounts sent its shares tumbling yesterday. The insurer suspended three executives at its Irish business late on Friday and warned profits will take a £70m hit this year – its second profit warning in a week.

Barratts Shoes has gone into administration for the third time in four years

Thousands of jobs at risk as Barratts and Blockbuster fail

Directors at Bradford-based chain left with no choice after investor pulls out of plan to inject £5m

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