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Higher prices for parcels and loads of Christmas cards delivered helped Royal Mail boost revenues by 2 per cent in the past nine months, the recently privatised business reported today.

Anthony Hilton: We may have led the MCC a merry dance with this festive gathering

I have watched a fair amount of cricket at Lord’s over the years but, until Monday night, only once been in the pavilion and never even set foot in the Long Room, still less eaten there. The occasion was the Christmas celebration of the 30 Club, which is an invitation-only dining club whose core members are drawn from the top people in the media advertising and marketing.

The wheel thing: a postman and his trusty companion

Is this the end of the road for the postman?

The postman on his bike could become a thing of the past thanks to Royal Mail's plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels. No wonder posties are in a spin, says Jamie Merrill

Market Report: Royal Mail will be bought by a wide range of tracker funds

It is not what business secretary Vince Cable will want to hear: When Royal Mail gets the official sign-off today to enter the FTSE 100, calls that it was sold off too cheaply will re-emerge.

Royal Mail and union leaders reach deal averting Christmas strike

A proposed deal has been agreed between the Royal Mail and union leaders averting the risk of a Christmas strike.

Goldman Sachs faces more questions over valuation of Royal Mail

Goldman Sachs bankers on the Royal Mail privatisation will again be hauled in front of MPs after their colleagues valued the postal service at nearly twice the price at which it was floated.

Royal Mail shares rally as profits more than double in first results as private company

Shares of Royal Mail rallied in early trading after half-year profits more than doubled to £233 million, as the newly-privatised postal operator benefited from strong demand for online shopping.

It doesn’t take a £1m chief to make state fund CDC fly

The controversial government funded Commonwealth Development Corporation, which invests taxpayer’s money into businesses in poverty-stricken emerging markets, saw a surge in the value of its stakes in the past year.

Goldman Sachs priced the Royal Mail at £3.30-a-share when it floated last month

Revealed: Goldman Sachs clients' £12m Royal Mail coup

Goldman Sachs may have provided the Government with a “knockdown” valuation of the Royal Mail – losing the taxpayer more than £1bn when it was privatised last month, according to critics.

Stamp duty revenues jumped by 46 per cent to more than £1 billion as buyers capitalise on the government's housing scheme

Borrowing to fall to 'only' £105bn this year after Help to Buy boost

Side effect of property scheme is £400m gain in stamp duty this month

(Left to right) John Mayne, JP Morgan; Ben Storey, Citibank; James Robertson, UBS; Richard Cormack, Goldman Sachs; Gert Zonneveld, Panmure Gordon and James Agnew, Deutsche Bank at the Business Select Committee

The bankers making millions from the Royal Mail firesale

Goldman Sachs and UBS are among banks and investors who control vast numbers of the shares

Big, but not clever: MPs attack Royal Mail banks

Vince Cable rejected chance to raise float price in the days before undervalued launch

Royal Mail IPO adviser tells clients to 'sell' the stock ahead of MPs grilling

Swiss bank UBS says market is 'overestimating margin upside'

MPs summon corporate advisers to explain their valuations of Royal Mail

A group of the City’s best-known corporate advisers has been summoned to appear before a committee of MPs to discuss the price at which Royal Mail was floated on the London Stock Exchange last month.

James Moore: Royal Mail - to sell or not to sell?

The future looks rosy with a forecast dividend yield of six per cent

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