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What's this, a new mis-selling scandal?

Fresh £200m mis-selling bill for the UK's banks

Britain's banks face a new £200m bill for mis-selling after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) yesterday fined the country's biggest provider of card and identity theft insurance a record £10.5m.

New £200m bill for mis-selling facing Britain's banks

Britain's banks face a new, £200m bill for mis-selling after the Financial Services Authority fined the country's biggest provider of card and identity theft insurance a record £10.5m.

RBS announces further £450 hit

Taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland racked up another £450 million in charges today as it counted the mounting cost of its recent IT meltdown and the PPI mis-selling scandal.

Experian in Brazil deal

The credit-checking giant Experian yesterday displayed its appetite for fast-growing Latin American markets, spending $1.5bn (£938m) to buy the 29.6 per cent of the Brazilian credit bureau Serasa that it does not already own.

Nationwide considers bid for 316 branches that Royal Bank of Scotland is selling

Nationwide Building Society is considering making a bid for the 316 branches that Royal Bank of Scotland was due to sell to Santander, it was reported today.

We're all in it together...banks and energy companies are accused of letting their customers down

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RBS to push for extension to 2014 to sell branches

Royal Bank of Scotland and the Treasury are preparing to lobby the European Commision to allow the taxpayer-controlled bank more time to sell 316 branches after a deal with Santander UK collapsed.

RBS asks for more time to sell branches after deal collapses

Royal Bank of Scotland and the Treasury are preparing to lobby the European Commision to allow the taxpayer-controlled bank more time to sell 316 branches after a deal with Santander UK collapsed.

James Moore: Branson looking set for a double delight on the railways and at the bank

Outlook: It's consumers who are going to feel the migraine on the West Coast Main Line

RBS shares braced for fall as branches sale plan fails

City traders were bracing for Royal Bank of Scotland's shares to fall sharply when they open for trading this morning for the first time since the collapse of its proposed £1.7bn sale of 316 branches to Santander.

RBS shares head for fall after branch sell-off fails

Bank chief launches hunt for a new buyer as Santander makes an abrupt about-turn

Branson revisits RBS move

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