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

Student politics in 2014 needs to capture the spirit of Paris in 1968

The resurgence in student activism at the end of last year must be harnessed to build lasting change, argues Harrison Jones

Diddy teams up with Diageo to buy premium tequila brand DeLeon

I'll Be Missing You singer buys DeLeon tequila for an undisclosed figure in a 50-50 partnership with the British drinks firm

Market Report: Happy Christmas sales at the grocers deliver gains for Ocado

As the supermarkets kicked off their Christmas reporting yesterday the expected sales bloodbath failed to materialise – leaving Ocado the big winner.

Loans to businesses set to rise as demand for credit increases, says Bank of England

Governor Carney is hoping for further growth in lending

Santander will offer a range of fee-free Help to Buy mortgage products

Santander unveils help to buy mortgage deal

The battle to offer low-deposit mortgages stepped up today after a lender unveiled new deals under the Government's Help to Buy scheme and another announced plans to join the initiative.

Halifax predicts that house prices are set to rise across 2014 at a similar pace to last year

House prices rose 7.5% in 2013 but faltered in December, reports Halifax

Building Society forecasts an increase of between 4-8 per cent across the UK over 2014

UK house prices rose 5.5 per cent in the 12 months to last October

Housing market parties like it's 1999

The new year is starting with a bang with the number of experts expecting prices will continue rising at a 14-year high

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 8 January 2014

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Pawnbroker H&T eyes rival in expansion bid

Pawnbroker H&T is turning its attentions to expansion, and has struggling rival Albemarle & Bond in its sights.

Satyajit Das: The financial markets still bear little relationship to the real economy

Das Capital: Politicians everywhere have proved reluctant to tackle much-needed reforms

Softer European ring-fence rules could hurt UK banks

European banking watchdogs could allow banks to evade tough rules designed to ensure that lending operations are ring fenced from “casino” investment banking.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Sharon Ray and her daughter Maisie, 2, during a visit to her home in Southampton, Hampshire which she has bought through the government's Help to Buy scheme

David Cameron denies Help to Buy is pushing up housing prices

There is “no evidence” the Government is creating a bubble in house prices by underwriting mortgages for first-time buyers, David Cameron claimed on Thursday.

David Cameron: Prime Minister becomes catalogue man in most comically staged photoshoot of his career

Was Cameron's plan to rope in some ordinary-looking types to promote the Help To Buy scheme? It appears to have gone laughably awry...

First-time buyers are lured by lower interest rates and the Government's mortgage subsidies

First-time homebuyer numbers shoot up 28 per cent thanks to low loan rates

First-time buyers are still flooding back to the property market, lured by lower interest rates and the Government's mortgage subsidies. Transactions numbered 27,800 in November, up 28 per cent on a year earlier, according to the latest survey by LSL Property Services.

Shots fired from automatic weapons at home of German ambassador in Greece

No one reported wounded despite more than 60 bullet casings being recovered from the scene

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