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French police have identified the man arrested for shooting a newspaper assistant photographer and carrying out three other attacks.

Carphone ponders £900m spin-off of Talk Talk

Carphone Warehouse, the telecoms and broadband provider, is mulling proposals to spin off of its home phone and internet business Talk Talk, in a bid to release some of the value of the group for shareholders.

SocGen profits fall 84 per cent on Lehmans write-offs

The fallout from the collapse of Lehman Brothers continued yesterday, as two of Europe's biggest banks came clean on their exposure to the fourth-biggest US investment bank, which went bankrupt in September.

French bank hit by €600m rogue trading scandal

Caisse d'Epargne traders took unauthorised gambles on futures derivatives

Market Report: FTSE 100 shows resilience as US stocks flag

The global stock market rally showed ominous signs of flagging yesterday, despite the United States following Europe's footsteps and pumping a lifeblood of new cash into the nation's banks.

Market Report: Turquoise doubts provide welcome relief for LSE

Continuing turmoil in the investment banking world proved an unlikely source of support for the London Stock Exchange, which was up almost 8 per cent, or 57.5p, at 790p.

Market update - 28 August

The FTSE 100 was up 13.9 points at 5542 and the FTSE 250 was up 58.3 points at 9195.4p at 11.48am today. The banking sector rallied on the FTSE 100, cheered by results from Credit Agricole, which were not as bad as expected. As result, HBOS gained 13.75p to 307p, claiming second place on the leader board.

BNP beats forecasts with 34 per cent fall in earnings

BNP Paribas, the bank that signalled the severity of the financial turmoil nearly a year ago, rode out the crisis in the second quarter with profit ahead of expectations.

Market Report: Goldman upgrade sends Friends to high places

Positive comment from Goldman Sachs powered Friends Provident, the life insurer, to gain more than 13 per cent or 10.5p to 90.6p yesterday.

La grande folie: Paris's answer to the Gherkin delayed by the downturn

Five-year wait for opening of landmark skyscraper – the centrepiece of Sarkozy's plan to turn French capital into a financial rival to London

B&B shares dive again as housing fears accelerate

Bradford & Bingley shares hit a new all-time low and plunged further below the bank's rights issue price as fears increased about its prospects.

Market Report: Sainsbury's stake-building fails to lift FTSE 100

It was Independence Day in the US, which always translates into quieter markets in London, and beyond Bradford & Bingley, the City was pretty independent of decent stories or bid chat. There was some interest in J Sainsbury, as the Qatari sovereign wealth fund that failed in its bid to buy it last year upped its stake to 26 per cent. The move brought some vague chat of a renewed bid, but nobody's heart was really in it.

Market update - 23 June

The FTSE 100 was up 29.9 points at 5650.7 at 11.18am on Monday. Oil companies were strong as the price of crude remained firm following the meeting of major producer and consumer nations in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, yesterday - BG climbed by 18p to 1249p and Cairn Energy was up 19p at 3165p.

Market Report: International Ferro Metals glistens on 'buy' note

International Ferro Metals, the ferrochrome producer, was the bright spot in an otherwise dull market yesterday and claimed first place on the FTSE 250 leader board after Merrill Lynch initiated coverage with a "buy" recommendation.

M Stanley trader in $120m error

Morgan Stanley has suspended a London-based credit trader after learning that he overestimated the value of his positions by $120m. The US investment bank has been investigating the matter since May but has not yet concluded whether the misstated values were made in error.

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