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Updated: 9 hours 15 min ago

Insurance firms and Glaxo lift FTSE

9 hours 39 min ago
The London market closes higher boosted by better-than-expected results from drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline and a sharp rise in insurance firm shares.
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Universal credit 'in place by 2018'

10 hours 53 min ago
Most benefit claimants will have transferred onto the government's universal credit scheme by the end of 2018, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith predicts.
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VIDEO: Payday lenders hit back at critics

10 hours 53 min ago
Payday lenders strike back against criticism that they leave customers worse off.
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South Africa growth forecast slashed

10 hours 59 min ago
South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.
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Boeing raises annual profit forecast

12 hours 23 min ago
Aerospace giant Boeing has raised its forecast for profits this year and says it has a record backlog of orders.
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Superdry founder gives up CEO role

12 hours 36 min ago
The founder of Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, gives up his role as CEO to focus on developing the brand's products and image.
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Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

13 hours 31 min ago
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.
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Glaxo shares up as profits beat hopes

13 hours 54 min ago
GlaxoSmithKline's shares rose 4% after its third quarter results beat expectations and it pledged to return an additional £4bn to shareholders via a special share scheme.
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Total names new heads after boss dies

14 hours 23 min ago
Oil giant Total appoints a new chief executive and new chairman to replace Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash in Moscow on Monday.
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Homebase accelerates store closures

14 hours 24 min ago
Home Retail Group says that store closures at Homebase will be accelerated, with the number of outlets cut by 25% by 2019.
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Supermarket supplies: The hidden world

14 hours 27 min ago
The story behind the promotions at the end of the aisle
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Debt campaigners tear up student loans

15 hours 2 min ago
The people who buy and then cancel student debt
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Worries for those denied payday loans

15 hours 26 min ago
The fate of people turned down for payday loans owing to stricter regulations on the industry has prompted polarised debate.
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Pound falls on Bank meeting minutes

15 hours 40 min ago
The pound falls after Bank of England policy makers find "insufficient evidence" of inflationary pressure to justify a rate rise.
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Heineken blames sales drop on rain

15 hours 56 min ago
Heineken has blamed "unseasonably wet weather" in Europe for a drop in both sales and profit in the three months to the end of September.
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Peugeot sales and revenues rise

15 hours 56 min ago
PSA Peugeot Citroen's turnaround plan appears to be making progress, with the troubled French carmaker announcing better sales and revenues.
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VIDEO: 'Knowledge economy' changing the north

15 hours 58 min ago
New research suggests that what's known as the "knowledge economy" is growing faster in the north-east of England and Northern Ireland than anywhere else.
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Car insurance premiums 'creeping up'

16 hours 36 min ago
UK car insurance premiums have risen for the first time in more than two years, with further rises predicted.
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Japan's exports jump in September

17 hours 8 min ago
Japan's trade deficit edges higher in September despite exports growing at their fastest pace in seven months.
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Cities need more power, says study

20 hours 4 min ago
Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study concludes.
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