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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:43:15 +0000

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Copyright: Copyright 2016 Associated Newspapers Ltd

Will Brussels block German buy-up of London Stock Exchange?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:41:08 +0000

Opponents of the merger now hope the European Commission, which has tough powers to block takeovers, will step in to prevent the deal going ahead.

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DAILY BRIEFING: Apple locked in multi-million-pound battle with taxman

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:50:09 +0000

HMRC says the wristband of the £369 Apple Watch Sport is an extra import and has slapped a 6.5 per cent tariff on it.

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Alastair Mills to make millions when telecoms group Six Degrees lists

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:50:06 +0000

Mills, who founded the London company five years ago, is the second-biggest shareholder.

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Administrator’s £4m BHS fee is thrown out by Pension Protection Fund

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:50:03 +0000

The Pension Protection Fund has vetoed an invoice for £4.1m submitted by Duff & Phelps, which was responsible for realising cash from the assets of BHS.

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Slide in sterling blasts huge hole in profits at Sports Direct

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:36:45 +0000

The company, run by controversial billionaire Mike Ashley, warned in October that ‘extreme movements’ in sterling meant profits would suffer.

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New revamp at Marks & Spencer may cost £500m

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:35:59 +0000

The money will be needed to close UK and international stores over the next five years as the company reshapes its business to focus on food and its more profitable sites.

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Discount chain Home Bargain pays record £40m dividend as profit falls

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:34:36 +0000

The payout was by far the biggest in the £1.6 billion turnover chain’s 40-year history and dwarfs the previous record of £7 million.

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Warehouse, Oasis and Coast put up for sale by owners

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:34:09 +0000

The retail outlets – known as Aurora Fashion Group – have been put under ‘strategic review’ with sources suggesting a price tag of as much as £100 million.

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Bookmakers: We need £100 stakes or shops will close

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:33:00 +0000

Gambling pressure groups, local councils and rival gaming operators have called for a cut in the stakes and prizes on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals.

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Brussels may scupper the bid to split BT from Openreach arm

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:32:07 +0000

Ofcom said that it would begin moves to force a legal separation, but investment bank Goldman Sachs pointed out that the European Commission would have to approve Ofcom’s plan.

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Snapchat developer scours Britain's talent ahead of £20bn US flotation

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:23:39 +0000

The company is looking for engineers and graphic designers as well as staff to join its sales and marketing team. In February it signed a ten-year lease on a four-storey property in London.

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Berkeley replaces dividend with share buyback: Profits soar at housebuilder

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:21:05 +0000

The London-focused housebuilder, whose properties include luxury flats, saw a slump in demand, adding to signs that the capital's property market has been hit by the referendum.

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Traders pocket gains as Europe heads to polls: Markets brace for Monday morning rout 

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:31:35 +0000

Stock markets across Europe fell as investors took their profits from a week of gains to prepare for crucial elections on the Continent this weekend.

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Laird sinks as it taps investors for £185m in bid to 'pro-actively address' position

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:15:16 +0000

Laird plans to raise £185m through an underwritten rights issue and scrap its 2016 dividend. It said it recognised its high level of debt and that there was limited scope to borrow more.

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New Opec deal is a boost but stick to large as quality firms to avoid a rocky ride

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:12:58 +0000

The first deal to cut oil production in eight years sent the price of the black stuff soaring and has put all attention on commodity stocks.

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Britain needs a staggered departure from the EU warns banking lobby group

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:11:07 +0000

The British Bankers' Association will argue its case in a report to the Government, outlining the risks for the country if Theresa May fails to secure a 'transition' phase.

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Trendy yoga pants maker Sweaty Betty plans 50 stores in the US with investment from a private equity fund

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:50:18 +0000

After becoming a favourite with stylish gym bunnies and reaching sales of £37m, Sweaty Betty has unveiled a major American expansion.

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Another US rate rise expected by end of year after unemployment falls to lowest level for nearly a decade

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:50:12 +0000

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis last December and is now widely expected to do so again later this month.

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Does the Santa rally exist? December is a good month for investors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:59:18 +0000

Schroders data shows that since 1988 the world's leading markets have risen 75 per cent of the time. The second best performing month is April, with a figure of 70 per cent.

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FTSE CLOSE: Footsie finishes in the red ahead of Italy referendum

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:58:04 +0000

By late afternoon, the FTSE index was off 33.5 points at 6,719.3. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones, which closed at a record high on Thursday, is at 19,169.57, a fall of 22.36 points.

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SMALL CAP MOVERS: Aurum Mining set for a change of direction - and investors like it

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:20:47 +0000

After appointing a few security and defence heavyweights to its board, this miner is set to reinvent itself.

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UK construction at nine-month peak despite the weak pound pushing up cost of bricks and blocks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:47:15 +0000

The closely-watched construction PMI rose to 52.8 last month, up from 52.6 in October, and above economists' expectations of 52.2. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

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Alistair Burns banned and fined £233k for 'giving poor advice to pensioners'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:55:46 +0000

Alistair Burns, chief executive of TailorMade Independent, is accused of failing to provide proper advice to 1,661 pensioners who invested in green oil, biofuels, farmland and property.

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Rolls Royce axes jobs as its marine arm sinks and now faces threat of even more cuts 

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:36:37 +0000

Rolls-Royce put at risk up to 400 jobs in the UK as it was forced to make greater cuts following the long term fall in the oil price which has hammered its customers.

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MARKET REPORT: TalkTalk dives as JP Morgan sparks fears customers are quitting after it was hacked in 2015

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:56:07 +0000

JP Morgan said shares are already down almost 30 per cent so far this year and a failure to stabilise customer numbers could lead to further downgrades to its forecasts on the stock.

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Pay revolt at online store Asos as shareholders slam bosses' proposed multi-million-pound pay packets

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:56:03 +0000

Cutler & Ross sold almost worthless investments in wine, fancy-coloured diamonds and oil wells.It targeted pensioners’ and in one case persuaded a dementia sufferer to part with their cash.

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Oil stocks rally again as crude price hits a 2016 high to over $54 a barrel after historic Opec deal 

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:55:55 +0000

The price of crude rose more than 5 per cent to above $54 a barrel – a level not seen since summer 2015 – taking gains in the past two days to around 17 per cent.

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DIRECTOR'S DEALS: Chris Morgan, finance director, Speedy Hire, spends £50k on shares 

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:55:51 +0000

Morgan, who lives in Cheshire, qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and was formerly chief financial officer at outdoor equipment retailer Go Outdoors.

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Nokia phoenix firm set up by former employees to release new smartphone early next year

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:55:46 +0000

Microsoft, which bought Nokia's phone-making arm in 2014, sold the rights to a company called HMD, formed by former Nokia employees in Finland who have teamed up with iPhone maker Foxcon.

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FTSE CLOSE: Footsie firmly in the red, while sterling goes on the 'tear' to $1.26

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:42:06 +0000

The FTSE 100 closed down 30.86 points at 6752.93 as the Italian referendum dampens spirits while oil stocks continue to gain on the back of the Opec deal.

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DMGT shares rise on robust financial results

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:22:43 +0000

The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline publisher said that since the end of September circulation revenues had grown by 5 per cent and total advertising revenues were up 1 per cent.

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Mining giant Glencore announces £1bn dividend payout in 2017

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:27:23 +0000

Glencore has reinstated its dividend after scrapping the policy last year, when it was one of the miners hardest hit by a commodity price crash.

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