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  • UK unemployment falls

    Thursday 13 September 2012 9:00

    UK unemployment fell last month by the largest amount in two years, raising hopes that improved prospects will allow consumers to spend more and get the recovery going.

  • Red tape removal

    Thursday 13 September 2012 8:00

    Businesses hosting private property sales advertisements, without getting involved in the sales process, will no longer be subject to various regulations aimed at estate agents, consumer affairs Minister, Jo Swinson announced today.

  • DIY arm suffers

    Thursday 13 September 2012 8:00

    Home Retail Group today said its DIY chain Homebase had continued to be hit hard by bad weather and a reluctance on the part of consumers to buy big ticket items. In the three months to September sales at Homebase dropped 3.9%, with revenues dropping to £366m.
  • BAE and EADS to merge

    Thursday 13 September 2012 6:00

    Britain's BAE Systems and Airbus-owner EADS are reportedly in advanced talks to create an industry giant that would overtake rival Boeing in sales and contend with defence cutbacks in Europe and the United States.

  • Climate change fear among businesses

    Wednesday 12 September 2012 9:00

    Large UK fims are becoming increasingly concerned that they are at risk from climate change amid extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. More than one-third (37%) see the physical risks of a changing climate as a real and present danger, up from just 10% two years ago, says the latest Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 report, a survey of top global companies.

  • Dickinson Dees in merger talks

    Wednesday 12 September 2012 9:00

    National law firm Dickinson Dees, which is headquartered in Newcatsle, has revealed that it is in talks with Bond Pearce over a potential merger.
  • Growth beckons for building societies

    Wednesday 12 September 2012 8:00

    A new report has predicted that building societies are entering a renewed period of potential growth and success which could lead to them fulfilling a new regional banking role by the end of the decade.

  • Manufacturing threat

    Tuesday 11 September 2012 10:00

    The influx of manufacturers returning to the UK could be hindered by a skills shortage and a lack of capacity among small firms, Cranfield School of Management has warned. The institution said Britain’s biggest manufacturers need to become better “stewards” of local supply chains if they are to switch to using more small domestic suppliers as costs rise in emerging markets.

  • Betfair blames Olympic factor

    Tuesday 11 September 2012 10:00

    A sluggish start to betting in the new football season caused by the Olympics has been blamed by Betfair for a 2% year-on-year dip in revenues.

  • Business bank planned

    Tuesday 11 September 2012 9:00

    Vince Cable is reportedly to confirm plans for a government-backed "business bank" to boost lending to UK companies. In a speech later, the business secretary will say that he hopes such a bank would "shake up the market" and help boost overall lending to firms.

  • Telecoms jobs boost

    Tuesday 11 September 2012 5:00

    Chinese telecoms firm huawei, is set to roll out a £1.2bn investment plan into the UK that will create 700 jobs. The five-year investment plan includes £600m direct investment along with £600m generated through the supply chain.

  • Glencore confirms new offer

    Monday 10 September 2012 14:00

    Commodities empire Glencore has confirmed the details of its improved merger offer to mining group Xstrata, made last week. Under the new terms, Xstrata boss Mick Davis would reportedly head the combined group for six months before making way for Glencore's Ivan Glasenberg.

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