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The asking price of an average home climbed £58 a day in the last month, an jump of 0.8 per cent to £231,790.

Rock readies for sale despite losses of £232m

Northern Rock's executive chairman stoked expectations of an imminent move out of public ownership yesterday when he said the bank did not need to make a profit before returning to the private sector.

David Prosser: Banks to seek billions of euros

Outlook Coming soon to a stock market near you: more capital raisings from banks. The Basel Committee, the global banking regulators who earlier this year set new standards for capital, liquidity and leverage, has been doing its sums. Yesterday, it said the world's largest 94 international banks needed to raise €577bn in order to comply with the new capital requirements, due to be introduced gradually over the six years from 2013 onwards.

Banks call on Government to rethink radical reforms

Pressure is growing on the Government-appointed Independent Commission on Banking to ease off on banking reform, with leading accountants and banking organisations calling on the Government to "think again" and avoid "systemic reduction" in bank profitability.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (24 October 2010)

It's no surprise that the Severn barrage will not be built, given that the Government is wedded to nuclear power ("Severn barrage tidal power plan axed", 17 October). The costs of nuclear were always going to freeze out other technologies, and emerging renewables were always going to be in a weak position to fend off the huge political machine that the nuclear industry still musters.

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