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Istanbul aggressively increased its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75%

Japan limits energy use as disaster causes crunch

Japan began imposing energy restrictions on companies, shopping centres and other major electricity users today to cope with power shortages caused by the loss of a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant.

Takeover fever at the London Stock Exchange after TMX embarrassment

Shares in the London Stock Exchange surged yesterday in the wake of the dramatic collapse on Wednesday of its merger with Canada's TMX on expectations that it would become a takeover target.

Minerva agrees to £203m bid

A consortium featuring property investor Jamie Ritblat's Delancey investment firm has reached agreement with Minerva to buy the developer in a deal valuing it at around £202.6m.

Top men resign from Rank's board

The chief executive and finance director of Rank both stepped down yesterday, a day after the bingo and casino operator changed its recommendation for the second time on a takeover offer from its largest shareholder Guoco Group.

Market Reports: 25/06/2011

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US stocks dropped as worries about the Italian banking sector added to anxiety emanating from Europe about passage of a Greek austerity plan, and the S&P 500 once again tested a key technical level.

London faces fight for TMX as Maple tables new bid

The battle for control of TMX has intensified after rival bidder Maple Group increased its bid in an attempt to derail the Canadian market's tie-up with the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Japan's Olympic Committee backs Tokyo's 2020 bid

The Japanese Olympic Committee has formally asked Tokyo to bid for the 2020 Summer Games.

LSE offers £400m in TMX sweetener

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) yesterday hit back at the rival bid for Canada's TMX group as it proposed handing shareholders a sweetener worth more than £400m to secure the deal. The LSE agreed a C$5bn (£3.5bn) merger with its counterpart in February but the process was thrown into disarray as a rival C$3.7bn cash-and-shares bid was tabled by the banking consortium Maple Group.

David Prosser: Shareholders must tackle excessive boardroom pay – or face political meddling

Outlook Given his Labour links, including a stint in government under Gordon Brown, one might have expected Lord Myners to be more supportive of Ed Miliband's recent intervention in the debate on executive pay. Fortunately, at least for the quality of the discussion, Lord Myners is now free from the shackles of government and no longer feels the need to toe the party line.

Retail investors back equities

Confidence in the equity market saw the shares held by retail investors reach a more than three-year high in May of £237bn.

Capital Pub rejects £54m takeover from Fuller's

Britain's embattled pubs sector sparked into life yesterday after Fuller Smith & Turner said it had made a £53.9m cash takeover proposal for the Capital Pub Company, its smaller London-based rival.

Ceres Power boss quits suddenly

Ceres Power was plunged into further uncertainty just weeks after its shares dropped to all-time lows, as its chief executive quit without warning.

Glencore disappoints despite rising profits

Glencore, the commodity-trading giant which began life as public company with a blockbuster listing last month, missed forecasts with its maiden results yesterday.

Omega receives Barbican proposal

The privately owned insurance firm Barbican has become the third company declare an interest in Omega, the Lloyd's of London insurer which unveiled a proposal from rival group Novae last month .

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