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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.

Barclays pounds 2bn fails to impress market

JOHN EISENHAMMER

COMMENT : Trafs manages to find another sugar daddy

'If Trafalgar's chequered past is anything to go by, Kvaerner is going to need all the hallucinogenic powers of a Viking magic mushroom to sustain it on this particular voyage into the unknown'

Hanson family tightens its grip

MAGNUS GRIMOND

COMMENT : A watershed in the big banks' thinking

"It is still too early to strike up the band. But there are ever more encouraging signs that the big British clearers really have learned some of the hard lessons of their past profligacies"

EDINBURGH; 1995

The world's biggest arts festival starts in earnest next weekend. Here, our critics direct you to the pick of this year's events

Bumper pay rise for Barclays chief

The pay of Andrew Buxton, chairman of Barclays, rose 19 per cent last year to £523,000 after profit-related bonuses awarded by a remuneration committee chaired by Sir Denys Henderson, a member of the Greenbury committee on executive pay.

COMMENT Investors will have their revenge on Littlechild

"Professor Littlechild is not just shifting the goal posts; he seems to have dug up the entire pitch."

Derivative controls OK, says Barclays

BY PETER RODGERS

BUNHILL : Copycats in the bank

ISN'T IT STRANGE how employees react to a new boss? Take, for instance, Martin Taylor, chief executive of Barclays Bank.

Football: Southend leave it late

SOUTHEND beat Derby County to secure their fourth victory in five matches thanks to a late goal from David Regis. Only one minute remained when he headed in from close range following a cross from Roger Willis.

Football: Derby withstand Swindon's onslaught

Swindon Town. .1

Football: McFarland wins time

Derby County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Bank profits soar but jobs still go

BARCLAYS BANK is pressing ahead with 5,000 job cuts over this year and next despite making record profits of more than pounds 1bn in the first six months of 1994.

View from City Road: Lloyds points to a rocky road ahead

If interim profits from Lloyds Bank, the first of the big high street clearers to report, are anything to go by, this is not going to be a particularly pleasant bank reporting season. The results were drab in the extreme, right at the bottom end of expectations.

Football: FA place Millwall under suspended sentence: Commission steers clear of immediate punishment after crowd trouble at New Den

MILLWALL were yesterday given suspended sentences after being found guilty by an FA commission of failing to control their supporters at last month's First Division play- off semi-final second leg against Derby at the New Den.
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