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Virgin demands probe into Premier League television rights

Virgin Media has demanded media regulator Ofcom launch an investigation into how Premier League TV rights are sold because viewers are paying “the highest prices in Europe”.

Ello: Social network's founder Paul Budnitz defends ad-free model

The founder of much-hyped social network Ello has rejected criticism that the ad-free service will render it unable to do business in the long-term.

Apple tax investigation: Tech giant faces huge penalties over Irish state aid probe

The European Commission has revealed details of its probe into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland, demanding the iPhone giant provides information about whether it has been benefiting from illegal state aid thanks to its low-tax corporate structure in the country.

Wonga profits more than halve on remediation costs to clients

Troubled payday lender Wonga has revealed a 53 per cent slump in pre-tax profits to £39.7m. However the number of high-cost loans it made in 2013 soared 15 per cent to 4.6million.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to go on sale in China in October after regulators give green light

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in China next month after the Cupertino giant secured regulatory approval from Chinese authorities amid security concerns.

RBS shares jump on lower bad debt provisions

Shares in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland hit an 11-month high today as it said a much-improved economy, especially in Ireland, meant it could make lower provisions for bad debts.

Next rings alarm over warm weather impact on sales

Retailer Next has fashion sales across the high street could be hit this autumn thanks to the driest September on record.

Ex-Morrisons treasurer is charged over insider trades

Morrisons’ former group treasurer and head of tax has been charged with insider dealing over trades in Ocado shares which were made around the time the supermarket announced a tie-up with the online grocer.

David Brierly: Italy’s banks could be about to surprise the eurozone

For the eurozone economy to recover, much now depends on Italy and its banks. Growth is desperately required, politicians have to act and the banks have to lend.

Market Report: Shouts on the streets of Hong Kong are being heard in Paternoster Square

The shouts on the streets of Hong Kong are being heard in Paternoster Square. As protesters took to the streets of the former colony’s business district to call for democracy, traders in London were hitting “sell” on companies that do business in Hong Kong. HSBC was the worst hit, with its shares falling 15.2p to 635p. The emerging markets specialist Standard Chartered ended 19p lower at 1,155.5

Goldman Sachs: the secret tapes

Probably most people would agree that the people paid by the US government to regulate Wall Street have had their difficulties. Most people would probably also agree on two reasons those difficulties seem only to be growing: an ever-more complex financial system that regulators must have explained to them by the financiers who create it; and the ever-more common practice among regulators of leav

Ben Chu: The signs are that Balfour Beatty has not yet reached the bottom

Balfour Beatty is beginning to look like the Tesco of the contracting world. Britain’s biggest builder unveiled its fifth profit warning in just two years yesterday, informing investors that 2014 earnings will be £75m lighter than previously thought. And, like the tottering supermarket giant, Balfour has called in some external number-crunchers to scrutinise its financial operations (although in

Matalan rebuffs 'racist' children’s monkey onesie accusations, calls situation 'very sad'

Matalan has rebuffed claims that a photo-shoot of children modelling novelty onesies is racist, after people complained about the only two black children in the image wearing monkey outfits.

The City roundup video: Hollywood animators Dreamworks in talks over potential takeover

Don't miss out on the goings on in the business world, with our_ _daily roundup of the biggest news from the City.

Conservative party conference: Coalition aims to turn UK into global centre for ‘sharing economy’

The Coalition Government is throwing its weight behind the so-called sharing economy, as the Business and Enterprise Minister today declaring an ambition to transform the UK into the “global centre” for the nascent industry.

E-commerce start-up Qubit raised £16m to expand to US

A London start-up that works with the likes of Topshop, Liverpool FC and Thomas Cook has raised $26m (£16m) to export its technology to the US.

Santander UK appoints Nathan Bostock as new boss

Santander UK has appointed former Royal Bank of Scotland finance director Nathan Bostock as chief executive to replace Ana Botin.

Lloyds, the bank where 'every little helped' during the Libor fixing scandal...

For outsiders, the fact that Lloyds, better known for its retail banking operation, was so deeply involved in the Libor fixing scandal came as something of a shock, particularly when it emerged that they were the first to have been discovered ripping off the Bank of England.

Lloyds fires eight over Libor scandal

Lloyds Banking Group has fired eight people in the wake of the Libor rigging scandal which cost it £218 million in fines earlier this year.

UBS braced for 'material fines' in FX settlement

Swiss bank UBS has said it could face “material” fines and costs as it became the first bank to say it was in talks with regulators to settle foreign exchange rigging charges.

Balfour Beatty shares collapse in fifth profit warning

Balfour Beatty became embroiled in a fresh crisis after it warned of a new £75 million black hole in its UK profits and called on accountant KPMG to carry out a forensic review of its troubled UK construction arm.

Apple tax investigation: Brussels to unveil details of illicit state aid probe

Technology giant Apple will be told tomorrow why it is being investigated in depth by the European Commission, to see whether it benefited from illicit state aid in Ireland.

Softbank in talks to buy Dreamworks studios in bid for Asian expansion

Animated movie maker DreamWorks would see its movies like How to Train Your Dragon pushed aggressively into the cartoon-loving Chinese market under SoftBank’s plans for Asian domination if the Japanese conglomerate succeeds in buying the famous studio.

Blackberry sells out of its Passport smartphone as pre-orders reach 200,000

Blackberry’s unusual new release has not only set tongues wagging but has revitalised the brand so much that it’s now cleared out of stock.

Italy's Prada owners in tax evasion probe

Italian fashion legend Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli have today admitted they are being investigated by Italian authorities over past taxes.

Hong Kong protests: Banks closed as protesters defy authorities in pro-democracy march

Banks in Hong Kong have temporarily suspended operations after clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters in the Asian financial hub continued on Monday.

Small Talk: The banks are still not following their own guidelines for lending – starving creditworthy businesses of cash

Banks are still making thousands of poor decisions about whether to lend money to small businesses, according to the banking industry’s own adjudicator.

The Week Ahead: New Sainsbury’s chief executive to present second-quarter trading figures

Mike Coupe looks to have a tough job on his hands when the new Sainsbury’s chief executive presents second-quarter trading figures on Wednesday.

Property owners offered 4% of shale gas revenues

Homeowners and landowners in Scotland, Yorkshire and Lancashire could be in for a £2.5bn windfall, according to the chemical billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who plans to appease Britons with a share in the spoils of his planned fracking projects.

Finance chiefs recover their appetite for risk

UK finance chiefs are more willing to take risks than at any time since the dawn of the financial crisis amid economic recovery and easing credit conditions, according to Deloitte.

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