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Online sales climbed a record breaking 58% as HoF celebrated 'best ever' Christmas

A test for an IPO market that has been tricky for all but the very best

Opinions might be divided on the group's long-term prospects, but Ocado is likely to launch its IPO on Wednesday. In doing so it will join others seeking a listing in what has been a difficult market so far this year.

Investors dig deep to support Rothschild's mining venture

Nat Rothschild's new mining investment group, Vallar, closed its £700m flotation yesterday, making it the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in London this year.

New oil field 'one of region's largest finds'

An oil find in the UK North Sea has the potential to be one of the region's biggest discoveries of recent years, an exploration firm said today.

Nat Rothschild's mining investment group Vallar to raise £600m via IPO

Vallar, the investment group set up by Nat Rothschild to invest in mining assets, announced yesterday that it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange and spend as much as £5bn on projects within the next two years.

The business on...Nat Rothschild, Financier, Vallar

Why is he in the news?

The Honourable Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild, entrepreneur and scion of the famous banking family, said yesterday that he was preparing to float his latest venture, Vallar, which is expected to invest up to £5bn in the mining industry.

US tycoon backs Virgin Money's growth

Wilbur Ross promises to inject up to £600m into Sir Richard Branson's operation

Eco-warrior turns green on his voyage across the Pacific

Banking heir hit by seasickness nine days into 8,000-mile trip

De Rothschild claim conman jailed for 18 years

An "accomplished conman" who claimed to be the illegitimate son of financier Edmund De Rothschild was today sentenced to 18 years in prison for defrauding a single mother and raping a schoolgirl.

Megève: Less is more for chic French skiing

Megève is steeped in ski heritage, but this smart resort has few British winter visitors. Stephen Wood relishes the upmarket ambience

France's GDF to sweeten UK generator offer

GDF Suez, the French power giant, is considering a revamped bid for International Power (IP), a £5bn independent power generator.

Banks bid for £2bn Arriva deal

SNCF, the French national rail operator, will move closer to a £5bn-turnover merger with Arriva, the British Ftse 250 transport group, with the appointment of deal advisers this month.

Zola at risk as Cellino closes in on deal

Gianfranco Zola's job as West Ham United manager looked increasingly insecure yesterday as sources close to Massimo Cellino, the club's most recent suitor, claimed a takeover is "99.98 per cent" certain to go ahead.

West Ham braced for heavy FA fine after crowd trouble verdict

West Ham face a severe punishment after the club was found guilty yesterday by the FA of two charges of failing to control their fans following an investigation into serious crowd trouble at a Carling Cup match against Millwall at Upton Park last August.

Russian miner turns to Citi in $9bn flotation

Citi, the investment bank, will help to lead the London listing of the Russian coal giant Suek, one of a number of huge initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2010.

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