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The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Merger of two exchanges is blocked by EU Commission

London breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the European Commission confirmed the view of EU regulators that the controversial merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, should be blocked.

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Four admit London bomb plot

Four radical Islamists have admitted plotting a major pre-Christmas terror attack on the London Stock Exchange.

Leading article: In matters of dishonesty, we are all in it together

We live in a more dishonest country than we did a decade ago. The British public are more likely to lie on application forms, buy stolen goods, have an extramarital affair or drive under the influence of alcohol. Such are the conclusions of a survey from the Centre for the Study of Integrity at the University of Essex.

The women who are breaking into the boardroom

Almost 100 females were made directors of top UK businesses last year. It's not equality – but it's definitely progress. Lucy Tobin reports

Market mergers at risk

Politics is again blocking attempts at consolidation among stock exchanges

James Moore: Metal exchange will not be able to resist the pot of gold

Outlook: The London Metal Exchange is the City's belle of the ball, with just about anyone with any interest in exchanges falling over each other to offer gold-plated dowries.

Investment: Rolet's back with £450m FTSE deal

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Derek Pain: Sometimes you need a little luck when investing

No Pain, No Gain

Cable expresses sympathy for St Paul's protesters

Vince Cable has revealed he sympathises with the feelings of those protesting outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Plus Markets chairman to leave

The chairman of Plus Markets, the junior London stock exchange that is home to Arsenal Football Club, is to leave the group following pressure from one of the exchange's major shareholders for a boardroom shake-up after mounting losses at the company. The Middle Eastern investment group Amara Dhari, which holds some 17 per cent of Plus Markets, had called for the resignation of Giles Vardey, and Plus Markets said Mr Vardey had now decided to quit. Malcolm Basing will become its interim chairman for the time being.

Avation set to unveil £5.6m pre-tax profit

Avation, the London-listed and Singapore-based aircraft-leasing group, is expected to unveil a pre-tax profit of around £5.6m tomorrow, up more than £2m on 2010.

Angry protesters settle in with kitchen tent, library and music 'room'

Hundreds of demonstrators – and their pop-up tents – have forced the closure of St Paul's cathedral, but, as Mark Leftly discovers, despite its variety of concerns and objectives, this is not an average rent-a-mob crowd

St Paul's may have to close to the public as more protestors arrive

St Paul's Cathedral could be forced to close its doors to members of the public as more people are joining anti-capitalist protests taking place in its churchyard.

Clinton asks landlords for a little more time

Clinton Cards has asked its landlords if it can stagger September's rent payments to help its cash flow situation.

Rolet tries again with bid for LCH.Clearnet stake

Xavier Rolet, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, is staking much of his credibility on an approach for a majority stake in LCH.Clearnet.

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