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British Gas owner in big profit fall

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 17:18
Centrica, the owner of Scottish and British Gas, reports a big fall in profits after being hit by the drop in oil prices and by warmer weather.
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Centrica dividend cut hits FTSE 100

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 17:15
Shares in Centrica fall sharply after the energy firm reports a big fall in profits and slashes its dividend.
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ECB minutes highlight QE delay risks

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 16:26
The first-ever minutes from the European Central Bank reveal its chief economist warned of the hazards of delaying the introduction of quantitative easing.
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New Tigers stadium plan approved

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 16:22
A new 10,000-capacity stadium for Castleford Tigers gets the go-ahead from Wakefield Council.
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Supermarket price war hits Asda

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 15:56
Sales at Asda fall in the 12 weeks to January as supermarket price wars hit the company's performance.
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Leighton appointed Co-op chairman

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 13:19
The Co-operative Group appoints former Asda boss Allan Leighton as its first independent non-executive chairman.
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Housing starts in England up 10%

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 13:07
The number of new houses that were built in England last year rose significantly, government figures show.
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Investment banking faces FCA inquiry

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 12:45
Competition levels in investment and corporate banking services are to be investigated by the UK's financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.
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The rich people who say they are happy to pay their taxes

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 12:13
The rich people who say they are happy to pay the full 45%
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London workers 'most productive'

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 11:45
Official statistics break down which parts of the UK produce the most labour per hour of work. London tops the list, Cornwall brings up the rear.
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French inflation turns negative

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 11:33
Inflation in France, the eurozone's second-biggest economy, turned negative in January, adding to worries over deflation in the eurozone.
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Mortgage lending dips in January

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 11:25
Mortgage lending across the UK continued to fall in January, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
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Chinese sports firm loses executives

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 10:39
The UK-based directors of the Chinese sportswear brand Naibu have lost all contact with the company's chairman and executive director
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Air France profits hit by strike

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 09:13
Air France-KLM says it plans to speed up cost cutting and reduce investment as it reports a drop in earnings following last year's pilots' strike.
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Japan stocks head for 15-year high

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 02:59
Japanese stocks head for the highest closing value in 15 years after the Federal Reserve indicated interest rates will be kept on hold for longer.
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VIDEO: Is another financial crisis looming?

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 02:23
Indebtedness is a major risk to the world economy, warns Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times
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VIDEO: Lunar New Year markets see sales dip

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 01:53
In Hong Kong and Singapore, markets have sprung up to mark the Lunar New Year. But stall-holders in both cities say takings have not been as high as hoped.
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Virgin Australia loss narrows

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 00:35
Virgin Australia saw its losses narrow to A$47.8m in the six months to December because of lower oil prices and a cost-cutting programme.
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Call for childcare costs review

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 00:33
A children's charity is urging an independent all-party review of the UK's childcare system as costs continue to rise, with a 5% increase in a year.
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ECB offers Greek banks more cash

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 00:24
Additional funding will give Athens more breathing space to agree extension of its EU loan agreement.
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