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Some Bank of England regulators wanted lenders to be forced to raise even more fresh capital than the £25 billion they were told to produce last week, minutes from the latest meeting of the financial policy committee indicate.

City & Business: Barclays rides storm

When Barclays announced 10 days ago that it was flogging part of BZW, the cry went up that the last best hope of British merchant banking was being destroyed. Now the dust has settled a bit, it is clear that the normally sure-footed Barclays chief, Martin Taylor, has made a mess of the sale.

BZW sale could be hindered by exodus

Fears were growing yesterday that Barclays will fail to retain key staff at BZW for long enough to finalise a satisfactory sale of the investment bank's equities and corporate finance arms. Tom Stevenson, Financial Editor, reports.

BZW businesses for sale as Barclays gives up global ambitions

Barclays abandoned its ambition to be a global player in investment banking yesterday, putting BZW's equities and corporate finance businesses up for sale. Tom Stevenson, Financial Editor, reports on the bank's change of heart.

Outlook: What happened to vision and ambition?

This has been a bad week for the global ambitions of corporate Britain. BT's plans to merge with MCI of the US and join the super-league of world telecom companies are pretty much dead in the water following the counter-bid from WorldCom, while Barclays, our last hope of a British- owned global investment bank, yesterday announced that it was throwing in the towel.

Barclays set to reveal the sale of BZW to a foreign buyer

Staff at BZW have been summoned to an early morning meeting today to be told that the investment bank is to be sold to a continental buyer. Tom Stevenson and Lea Paterson report on a volte face by its parent, Barclays.

Why my blow for women was bad for the poor

polly toynbee on tax and marriage

Football: Confident Watford take a grip on proceedings

Watford 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1

Cockburn walks out early

Bill Cockburn, the WH Smith chief executive whose shock decision to quit the ailing retailer was announced in June, has already left the business. Mr Cockburn was supposed to remain at the company until October, when he joins BT as head of its domestic operations. But Mr Cockburn left at the beginning of August. He was entitled to a full month of holiday but will not return during September.

Why government and business don't really mix

'No right-thinking person would these days feel comfortable with the idea of un-elected trade unionists running the country. Why should we feel any happier if it is businessmen pulling the levers of power?'

There's no New Deal for women Woman's lot is still a forgotten one

Diane Coyle fears a 'laddish' Budget which looks set to ignore the needs of half the population

Brown's radical Budget

Gordon Brown will signal a long-term overhaul of the tax and benefit systems in next Wednesday's Budget. He will also announce radical plans to reshape the entire Budget process.

Global Markets: Eastern Europe - Young and Volatile

Investing in this region is fine for people with strong constitutions and nerves of steel, writes Abigail Montrose

Man from the Pru to lead welfare-to-work team

The chairman of the Prudential insurance group, Sir Peter Davis, is to head the task force that will oversee Labour's welfare-to-work programme, it emerged last night.

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