US Fed ends bond-buying programme

30 October 2014 11.00am.

The US Federal Reserve cited an improving economy as it ended its landmark bond-buying programme and pointed to gains in the jobs market - a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank sale

30 October 2014 10.00am.

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks are being readied for a stock market flotation after their Australian owner confirmed plans to exit UK banking.

  • 45 jobs at risk as Johnston Press merges Edinburgh editorial teams

    30 October 2014 9.51am.

    Shares in media group Johnston Press fell on Wednesday as the company announced further cuts in its Scottish news operations.

  • House prices hit all-time high

    30 October 2014 9.02am.

    House prices climbed to another all-time high in October after dipping slightly the previous month, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

  • £500m set aside over forex claims

    30 October 2014 9.02am.

    Barclays has set aside £500 million over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange (forex) markets which are being probed by regulators around the world.

  • Johnson Matthey powers ahead with new £46m acquisition

    30 October 2014 6.26am.

    Johnson Matthey has bolstered its batteries technology business after completing a £46 million deal to acquire Swiss-based Clariant’s energy storage arm.

  • US stocks slip after Fed statement

    30 October 2014 3.46am.

    An optimistic statement from the US Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down as traders prepared for rising interest rates.

  • Most firms optimistic over growth

    30 October 2014 3.46am.

    More than half of firms expect to increase their workforce in the next year although many are worried that "burdensome" employment regulations could affect their business, according to a new report.

  • New mortgages fall to 14-month low

    29 October 2014 3.15pm.

    The number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers fell to a 14-month low in September, Bank of England figures show.

  • UK moves up in business ranking

    29 October 2014 3.15pm.

    The UK has moved up to eighth place in a World Bank list ranking economies on the ease of doing business.

  • Fiat Chrysler to spin off Ferrari

    29 October 2014 3.15pm.

    Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company.

  • SFO to probe Tesco over profits

    29 October 2014 2.15pm.

    Tesco has formally been placed under criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) following its discovery of a £263 million hole in profit expectations.

  • Yorkshire fined £4.1m over delays

    29 October 2014 1.15pm.

    A building society has been fined £4.1 million on top of the £8.4 million it is already paying to compensate mortgage customers who were poorly treated when they got into difficulties.

  • BSkyB steps up new media drive

    29 October 2014 1.15pm.

    BSkyB has invested 7 million US dollars (£4.3 million) into an American online sports firm targeting the hard-to-attract market of young 'millennial' viewers.

  • Blaze-hit power station back online

    29 October 2014 1.15pm.

    A power station which can supply a million homes has partially resumed generation from a section of the plant that was devastated by a fire last week.

  • Retailers wilt after Next warning

    29 October 2014 1.15pm.

    The mild autumn has placed added pressure on retail stocks after Next was forced to downgrade its profits and sales guidance for the financial year.

  • Magners owner hit by price squeeze

    29 October 2014 1.15pm.

    Sales of Magners have slumped by 17% after the cider brand lost market share and felt the impact of supermarket price wars.

  • Workless household numbers fall

    29 October 2014 12.02pm.

    The number of households where no adults are in work has seen a record fall, new figures have shown.

  • Highland Game’s new Sainsbury’s deal could bring jobs boost

    29 October 2014 11.31am.

    Dundee venison purveyor Highland Game has struck a deal worth millions of pounds with Sainsbury’s which could lead to more jobs.

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