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Thirsty punters will mull over the outlook for pubs when Greene King and Spirit Pub Company report today and tomorrow respectively.

Ealing murder accused, 16, refused bail

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner during the London riots was refused bail today.

Boy, 16, in court over Ealing riot murder

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner while on a looting rampage at the London riots will be tried at the Old Bailey, a court heard today.

William Hill profits jump after surge in online bets

Profits at the bookmaker William Hill rose by nearly a quarter over the first half of the year, driven by a surge in its online sports revenues, particularly for bets made "in-play" during football and tennis matches.

Review may bring tax base back onshore

The government is to review the way it taxes companies that offer online gambling to UK consumers from abroad, a move that is likely to raise their tax bills.

£161m EuroMillions jackpot claimed

Europe's biggest-ever lottery jackpot of £161 million has been paid out to a UK ticket-holder, Camelot said today.

Ian Poulter: Rory not only one with an eye for glory

Failure is not an option for golf's ultimate showman. And Sandwich could provide the setting to show he's not just mouth and multi-coloured trousers. James Corrigan meets Ian Poulter

Letter from the editor: Gambling - It’s a mug’s game

It’s difficult to look at the page 2 graphic without thinking “why them?”. Yes, we should all be generous regarding the good fortune of others, but a more honest human reaction is summed up by Gore Vidal, whom I may have quoted before: “Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little inside”.

Business Diary: Tepper defends his reputation

Hedge fund manager DavidTepper was yesterday forced to deny suggestions that he was the customer who withdrew $400 (£250) from a bank in the Hamptons. The gentleman in question left his receipt behind and some wit has now published a picture of it.

Sportingbet surges on Ladbrokes talks

Ladbrokes declared an interest in its smaller rival Sportingbet yesterday, with a bid approach that marks the bookmaker's return to the acquisition trail after talks with the online gaming specialist 888 Holdings faltered earlier this year.

David Prosser: William Hill investors on a losing streak over executive pay

Outlook: It is difficult to see how Labour's leader might deliver greater responsibility on executive pay without a more interventionist mindset

Betfred wins £265m Tote auction

Veteran bookmaker Fred Done secured horseracing's ultimate prize today by agreeing a £265 million deal to buy the Tote from the Government.

Delay forced in Tote sale decision

A decision over the sale of the Tote is believed to have been delayed as a result of concerns over European state aid laws.

Rank not keen on betting on Guoco

The bingo and casino operator Rank urged investors to reject a takeover bid from the investment group Guoco, which it said "substantially undervalued" the business and its prospects.

Executive pay triggers revolt at William Hill

William Hill was yesterday forced to face down a shareholder revolt after almost a third voted against approving the chief executive's pay rise.

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