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House prices rise 1.9% - Halifax

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The Press Association-House prices have recorded their strongest quarterly rise in three years in a further sign that efforts...
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Starbucks tax offer 'too little, too late' for Britain

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AFP-Despite pledging to pay millions of pounds in extra tax in Britain, Starbucks faces a battle to restore its reputation...
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UBS 'manipulated Swiss franc rates since 2001'

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AFP-Swiss banking giant UBS, which last week was slapped with $1.5 billion in fines for manipulating global interest rates,...
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No clean bill of health for MoD

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Auditors have refused to give the Ministry of Defence's accounts a clean bill of health for the sixth year running. The Press...
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Britain storms out of recession but cautious on outlook

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  AFP- Britain powered out of its longest double-dip recession since the 1950s after its economy returned to growth in the...
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Virgin Media gets Olympics lift

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  The Press Association- Olympic champions Mo Farah and Usain Bolt helped Virgin Media deliver its biggest quarterly increase...
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Bank of England divided over QE

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  The Press Association-Bank of England policymakers are divided over the benefits of pumping more emergency cash into the economy...
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Germany's Schaeuble confident of go-ahead for eurozone pacts

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  AFP- Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday he was confident the country's top court will not block the...
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Adnams gets boost from new beers

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  The Press Association- Brewer Adnams has toasted higher profits after a range of new beers helped it cope with "the most...
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HSBC hid $16 bn in Iran transactions: US Senate report

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  AFP-Global banking giant HSBC and its US affiliate concealed more than $16 billion in sensitive transactions to Iran, violating...
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German finance minister calls for stronger EU

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  AFP-German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for EU member states to hand more powers to the European Union in "major...
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Services sector growth welcomed

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  The Press Association-A run of dire economic data that has spooked the UK's recovery hopes has been halted with a decent performance...
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Payday lender Wonga plans flotation

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  The Press Association- Payday lender Wonga is reported to be considering a US stock market flotation that could value the business...
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UK recession deepens as official GDP shrinks

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AFP-Britain's recession is worse than previously thought, as revised official figures showed on Thursday that the economy shrank...
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Marks & Spencer profits plunge 19%, slashes target

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  AFP-British clothing-to-food retailer Marks & Spencer on Tuesday announced a drop in annual profits in a "challenging economic...
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'Dither and delay' warning on HS2

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The Press Associtaion-High speed rail between London and Birmingham might not be achieved in the 2020s because of...
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Wife's plea over man's Greek arrest

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The Press Association-An MP has voiced his concerns about the plight of a British national who was imprisoned while...
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AP - The Louvre Museum is used to dealing with antiquities: Nearly all of its thousands of works of art date to 1848...
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French Concordia survivors get €2m payout

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AFP- The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off northwest Italy in January has paid more...
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Chicago hotel prices jump as summer begins

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(Relaxnews) - Hotel prices in the Windy City soared by 23 percent this month, according to new research by Trivago. Chicago...
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Vettel’s new partner? Raikkonen or Ricciardo

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  Three long years of Silver Arrow lurched past the targets. There was nothing: a measly victory in 58 races. This year it runs better already clear:...
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  AFP-World number one Rory McIlroy made a late charge up the leaderboard but still trailed Denmark's Thomas Bjorn by five shots after a marathon day...
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  AFP- Chelsea have filed a complaint over "inappropriate language" allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg towards their players during their...
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  AFP-Four South Korean badminton players who were suspended for trying to throw matches at the London Olympics have appealed their penalties, the...
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UBS 'manipulated Swiss franc rates since 2001' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 December 2012 20:21


AFP-Swiss banking giant UBS, which last week was slapped with $1.5 billion in fines for manipulating global interest rates, also tampered with Swiss franc interest rates for more than a decade, a Swiss newspaper reported Sunday.

"The bank did not only contribute to manipulating global interest rates on the dollar, the British pound and the yen, but... also systematically played with interest rates on the Swiss franc," Le Matin reported.

Quoting findings in a US justice department probe, the paper said there was evidence that UBS traders had manipulated the rates from 2001.

UBS was hit with the second-largest banking fine ever last week by US, British and Swiss authorities after they revealed evidence of massive misconduct in the setting of the Libor rate, a global reference that affects products from student loans to mortgages.

The United States also filed federal charges of felony fraud against UBS Securities Japan, where it estimated that the bank raked in hundreds of millions of dollars over three years with slight rate adjustments (photo by twicepix).

"The principle was the same in Switzerland, where the division in charge of the UBS treasury each day gave indications of what the ideal rates would be" for the bank's business, Le Matin said, adding such rates not only impact UBS's bottom line but also the entire Swiss economy.

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Bank of England divided over QE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:48

 

The Press Association-Bank of England policymakers are divided over the benefits of pumping more emergency cash into the economy in a bid to stimulate the recovery, documents revealed.

Some members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) questioned the impact that further quantitative easing - also known as money printing - would have on the broader economy, minutes of its October meeting said.

Meanwhile, the committee expects rising energy, utility and agricultural commodity prices to filter through to ramp up the cost of living later in the year.

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Germany's Schaeuble confident of go-ahead for eurozone pacts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 September 2012 22:55

 

AFP- Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday he was confident the country's top court will not block the signing into law of the eurozone's key crisis-fighting tools.

"The constitutional court will not block, I am sure, the treaties of the fiscal compact and the ESM," he said, referring to the European Stability Mechanism and the European fiscal pact. The ruling is due on September 12.

Speaking at a conference in Strasbourg, the minister said the court will however closely examine if these treaties conform to basic German law.

"I can't see any problem with the German constitution," he added.

The German parliament voted in favour of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the European fiscal pact with a two-thirds majority at the end of June.

But German President Joachim Gauck held off from completing the ratification process following a raft of legal challenges filed by the far-left Die Linke party, a citizens' initiative group and a well-known eurosceptic from Chancellor Angela Merkel's CSU Bavarian sister party.

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HSBC hid $16 bn in Iran transactions: US Senate report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 18:40

 

AFP-Global banking giant HSBC and its US affiliate concealed more than $16 billion in sensitive transactions to Iran, violating US transparency rules over a six-year period, a Senate panel said Tuesday (photo by dennoir).

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German finance minister calls for stronger EU PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 June 2012 23:24

 

AFP-German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for EU member states to hand more powers to the European Union in "major political areas", Der Spiegel news magazine reported Saturday.

"We must transfer more responsibilities to Brussels in major political areas, without national governments being able to block decisions," said Schaeuble in an interview with the weekly to be published Monday.

His appeal comes after repeated calls by Chancellor Angela Merkel for "more Europe" rather than less to fight the bloc's financial crisis.

"Up to now, European member states almost always have the last say," said Schaeuble. "This cannot go on."(photo by World Economic Forum)

Der Spiegel said the finance minister, a key figure in Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party, was in favour of turning the EU's executive Commission into a real government, strengthening the European Parliament and electing a European Union president by universal suffrage.

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£3bn public funding for Green Bank PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:43

 

A new green investment bank to support low-carbon development will have £3 billion in public funding - but will not be able to borrow until 2015.  

Chancellor George Osborne said that in addition to the £1 billion of funding already announced last year for the bank, which will start operations a year early in 2012, £2 billion would be made available from asset sales. 

And £15 billion of private sector investment would be raised during the life of this Parliament, he said.

But, as feared by campaigners who have been calling for the Green Investment Bank, the institution will not be allowed to borrow until 2015, subject to overall financial targets being met.

It is hoped the bank will leverage billions of pounds in private finance to fund clean energy and low-carbon projects.

But the setting up of the Government-backed institution has been dogged by disagreement within Whitehall about whether or not it should be a bank able to raise its own capital, amid concerns its borrowing could undermine efforts to cut the deficit.

The Chancellor said the Green Investment Bank would support low-carbon development where the returns were too long-term or too risky for the market to invest.

He also said he was introducing the world's first carbon floor price to support investment in green energy.

Campaigners welcomed confirmation of the Green Investment Bank's establishment but Ingrid Holmes, a low-carbon finance expert from sustainable development campaigners E3G warned that preventing it from borrowing for four years was like "buying a powerful car but being forced to drive it around with the hand brake on".

"If the Government is really serious about delivering growth then they must take the handbrake off and let the Green Investment Bank borrow from the word go," she said.

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London stocks hit by Japan crisis PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:31

 

Japan's benchmark Nikkei closed nearly 11% lower on Tuesday as the country's worsening nuclear crisis sparked more heavy selling by investors.  

The flight from riskier assets towards safer havens also caused the FTSE 100 Index to tumble by more than 89 points to 5686.3, a drop of 1.5%. 

The blue-chip index has lost all of its gains for the year as Japan's earthquake crisis adds to ongoing concerns about European sovereign debt and unrest in key oil-producing nations such as Libya.

As well as fears over the radiation leak at Japan's Fukushima plant, analysts said the need for Japanese investors to repatriate funds in advance of the country's rebuilding programme was also impacting on markets.

 

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