BHP cuts spending to focus on shareholder returns

World's largest mining company to cut $1.6bn from capital expinditure by 2016 financial year amid slump in commodities

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 1:56 pm

BT signals aggression with O2 takeover talks

BT is negotiating in public and getting a head start on its biggest rivals in the upcoming quad-play battle

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 1:48 pm

German bond yields to trump Japan as ECB battles deflation

"Be very bullish The huge elephant in the room is ready to roar again," RBS advises clients

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 1:14 pm

LSE buoyed by cash return hopes

Both Citigroup and Morgan Stanley said they expected the bourse to return capital to investors

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 1:07 pm

UK's blackout prevention plans in doubt after back-up power plant fails

Peterhead power plant, paid to guarantee it can help keep the lights on, fails to function properly during testing

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 12:38 pm

The Bank of England's new research advisor likes to let governments escape their debts

The Bank of England's new head of research, Michael Kumhof, advocates 100pc reserve banking, a great idea in theory, but pretty problematic in practice

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 12:11 pm

'Why nearly every share is in danger'

James Anderson, an investment trust manager with the best returns over 10 years, explains why the future could be bleak for some of Britain's biggest companies

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:54 am

FirstGroup hit by rumours East Coast will go to Eurostar

Shares bus and rail operator slump amid fears it has lost out on yet another UK rail contract

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:49 am

Britain's EU retreat means German hegemony warns Prodi

The EU is either a treaty club of democracies and equals, or it is nothing

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:37 am

US and British homebuilder strike deal to keep professional Londoners living in the capital

Joint venture to deliver 2,000 homes in and around London

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:36 am

Saudi Arabia holds key to oil price as Opec meeting nears

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will have the final say on whether Opec cuts production when group meets this week

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:23 am

Tax reliefs don't cost money and they create wealth, so why do politicians hate them?

The UK is cracking down on tax breaks just as they are starting to do some good for the economy

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 10:58 am

BT in talks to buy O2

Deal would reportedly give Spain's Telefonica a 20pc stake worth around £9bn in exchange for O2

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 10:50 am

Why breaking the beer tie will be dire for our Great British pubs

Breaking the beer tie means less investment, more pub closures and a vicious cycle of decline, not a virtuous circle of growth

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 10:25 am

The 10 best places to go Christmas shopping in the UK

Christmas is just one month away. If you haven't bought your gifts yet, these shopping locations might be a good place to start.

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 9:03 am

Four reasons BT should buy O2

And four reasons it shouldn't

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 8:50 am

BT travels full circle as it courts O2

BT was forced to dispose of O2 through gritted teeth. Now there is a chance of getting the mobile phone operator back. Shareholders should none the less by wary of BT's expansionary ambitions

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 8:48 am

Deloitte to probe Bank payment systems collapse

Bank of England announces terms of independent review into CHAPS payment system going down for hours last month

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 8:25 am

Smith & Nephew soars on rumours of Stryker interest

Joint replacement specialist is back in the bid spotlight

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 8:07 am

Insurance rip-off: 'Car hire firm charged me £335 for extra cover I didn't want'

When Roger Wilkes hired a car for his holiday in France, he was unknowingly sold extra cover he didn't want

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 7:46 am

Q&A: Black Friday 2014 - all you need to know

As Amazon UK kicks off a week of discounts in the run up to Black Friday, we explain how this American shopping phenomenon became a big deal in the UK. And where to get the best bargains

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 7:00 am

The latest beer craze is here, and it's booze free

Non-alcoholic beer is set to grow by 26pc from 2013 to 2018, partly driven by health-conscious Western Europeans who want the beer but not the belly

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 6:21 am

What the analysts think of Aviva and Friends Life's merger talks

Brokers have expressed mixed feelings about the benefits of a planned £20bn tie-up between the two insurers

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 5:58 am

Russia faces recession as oil crash and sanctions cost economy £90bn

Anton Siluanov, Russia's finance minister, has warned that the economy could face a hit from falling oil prices, weeks after Vladimir Putin claimed that they had been manipulated by political forces

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 5:54 am

Is being a lawyer the way to make your career recession-proof?

Lawyers are the most likely to say their job is recession-proof with a third of them saying so in a new survey, but which career isn't?

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 5:30 am