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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Former rate-setter Adam Posen warns of danger of Help to Buy property bubble

Bank needs to dampen impact of Chancellor’s scheme ,

Paul Fisher warns Bank of England must avoid 'pouring oil on fire' over house prices

The Bank of England must avoid "pouring oil on the fire" of rising house prices, rate-setter Paul Fisher has warned.

Help to Buy hopefuls unprepared for mortgage scheme application

Up to 40 per cent have not made key checks on their credit rating or electoral roll entry

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Tamara Ecclestone loses High Court custody battle over Lamborghini Aventador

The 29-year-old socialite daughter of Bernie Ecclestone wanted the rare Aventador sports car in April 2012 back

The home of George Sanders where Marilyn Monroe once stayed

Property news roundup: Homebuyer deposits down

Plus, expensive property hotspots outside London, and a look at house prices around Europe

Davos 2014: UK bosses among the world's most upbeat on sales and job creation

The world's elite swept into Davos yesterday on a fair wind of rising confidence among business leaders as well as higher global growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund.

Monthly mortgage lending highest since December 2007

Lenders handed out £17 billion to would-be buyers and remortgaging homeowners last month but business credit is still shrinking, according new figures released today.

KPMG investigated over Co-op Bank role auditor

Giant comes under scrutiny for audit work up to 2012 at troubled banking business

Credit clampdown puts the brakes on Chinese economy

China’s economy last year registered flat growth of 7.7 per cent, maintaining its slowest expansion in more than a decade

The News Matrix: Tuesday 21 January 2014

UN withdraws Iran’s invitation to talks

China's economic reforms have a long way to go

As you were, apparently. China’s growth in 2013 was precisely the same as 2012, at 7.7 per cent.

KPMG investigated over Co-op bank audits

KPMG is being investigated over its role as auditor to the troubled Co-operative Bank, which almost collapsed last year, and could face a massive fine

House prices in London and the South-east are rising fast

House prices growing at 'fastest annual pace since 2007'

Year-on-year increase of 6.3%  in prices is the highest annual rise seen since November 2007

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