HSBC to pay £10m over US charge

25 November 2014 10.45pm.

HSBC will pay 12.5 million US dollars (£10 million) to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated US securities laws.

Mitchells upbeat as sales improve

25 November 2014 4.00pm.

All Bar One owner Mitchells & Butlers posted a fall in full-year profits today but impressed the City with a fast start to its new financial year.

JD Sports offloads Bank chain

25 November 2014 4.00pm.

JD Sports Fashion has given up on loss-making fashion chain Bank after it agreed a deal to offload the business to a retail turnaround firm.

  • Forecast for UK growth reduced

    25 November 2014 4.00pm.

    The OECD has cut its forecast for UK growth as it sounded a warning about the dangers facing the world economy.

  • Water firm posts higher profits

    25 November 2014 3.00pm.

    Water company Severn Trent said half-year profits rose by 10% after operational improvements led to lower levels of flooding and leakage.

  • UK 'still needs monetary stimulus'

    25 November 2014 1.00pm.

    Interest rates will rise more slowly than previously thought because of pressure from the global economy, Bank of England governor Mark Carney told MPs today.

  • Lower profits for Arcadia Group

    25 November 2014 1.00pm.

    Sir Philip Green's Topshop and Miss Selfridge empire has reported lower profits after continued tough trading at department store chain BHS.

  • US stocks close at record high

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    The US stock market closed at another record yesterday as investors remained confident that stimulus from central banks would revive global growth.

  • Optimism slump among services firms

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    Firms in Britain's dominant services sector are at their most gloomy over the business situation for 21 months, CBI figures showed today.

  • Amazon adds Post Office collection

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    Customers who order from Amazon will now be able to collect their parcels from one of 10,500 local Post Office branches.

  • Nationwide vows to fend off rivals

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    Nationwide said it is facing much tougher competition as it attempts to retain its position as a "top three" savings and mortgage provider.

  • Kingfisher dented by France trading

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    A strong performance by Screwfix provided some consolation for Kingfisher's departing boss today after the DIY chain was hit by poor trading in France.

  • Kingfisher slips after profits blow

    25 November 2014 12.01pm.

    Shares in B&Q owner Kingfisher tumbled today after a bigger than expected fall in quarterly profits.

  • Profits warning takes heavy toll on Petrofac

    25 November 2014 7.50am.

    Oil and gas services company Petrofac yesterday lost hundreds of millions from its shares value after it warned that its profits next year will fall 25%.

  • BIG Partnership’s Dunfermline move

    25 November 2014 7.45am.

    The BIG Partnership, Scotland’s largest PR and digital marketing agency, has moved to a new studio in Dunfermline after more than nine years in Kirkcaldy.

  • Mixed investor reaction to Aviva’s plan for mega merger with Friends Life Group

    25 November 2014 7.21am.

    Shares in insurer Aviva fell back yesterday as investors reacted to its proposed mega merger with Friends Life Group.

  • Braveheart’s Crowdcube venture makes first investments

    25 November 2014 7.19am.

    A high-end skincare products range and a new type of wireless smart meter have received backing from a new investment fund co-founded by Perth-based Braveheart Investment Group.

  • Employers bemoan skills shortage

    25 November 2014 12.45am.

    One in seven employers has been unable to fill jobs in recent years because of a lack of "employability" skills among newly-qualified young people, according to a new report.

  • Deloitte to review payments glitch

    24 November 2014 6.00pm.

    The Bank of England has appointed Deloitte to conduct a review after a technical glitch in its automated payments system threw thousands of property purchases into turmoil last month.

  • Merger proposal boosts Friends Life

    24 November 2014 2.00pm.

    Shares in Friends Life surged today after plans for a mega-merger valuing the insurance and pensions provider at more than £5.5 billion were disclosed.

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