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India's economy 'about to take off' as Finance Minister unveils budget that puts boosting growth before painful reforms

India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, presented a budget yesterday that put boosting growth before painful reforms, claiming that the country’s economy was about to “take off”.

Zero inflation is great (so long as you're not in government)

A world without inflation. A world where prices are as likely to go down as up, and where government tax revenues are as likely to fall as to rise. A world where people get increases in living standards more from lower prices than from higher incomes. And a world where the lazy excuse of “inflation” cannot be used to justify sloppy management in public and private sectors alike.

Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

When the Duke of Cambridge arrives in China later today, behind the scenes of his historic visit is another landmark development – Britain’s first female ambassador to the emerging global superpower.

The head of the Fed says it should be apolitical. Good luck with that

For Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, 2015 is going to be a very different and possibly very difficult year.

Music industry requires perfect pitch if it is to survive these key changes

Whenever Lucian Grainge comes to town, he has a straight choice between attending a music industry event and heading to the Emirates stadium to catch up with his beloved Arsenal.

Airbus commits to a British future

The head of Europe’s largest plane maker, Airbus, has said the company will not pull out of Britain if the result of May’s general election triggers a referendum on the UK’s future in the European Union.

Market Report: InterContinental Hotels Group is on the march

InterContinental Hotels Group is on the march, with the tipsters betting the hotel chain could pay investors for staying.

Battered Quindell set to cut back to the core

The embattled insurance outsourcer Quindell could sell off multiple parts of the business in an effort to repair its battered reputation in the City.

Pugachev's fight suffers setbacks

Sergei Pugachev, the Russian billionaire who lives in London with the socialite Alexandra Tolstoy, has suffered a series of setbacks in his attempts to stave off a civil legal action alleging fraud and embezzlement.

Lloyds pays first dividend since crisis and Horta-Osorio gets £11m

Lloyds is to pay its first dividend since the financial crisis but faces a growing controversy over the huge rewards handed to its executives as a result, including £11.5m to boss Antonio Horta-Osorio.

MySale promises steadier journey after float chaos

MySale, the “flash sale” e-tailer backed by Sir Philip Green, promised investors yesterday that it is on track to at least break even this year as it fights back from a catastrophic profit warning and a big pricing blunder during last summer’s flotation.

Profits in steep ascent at owner of BA

Surging demand for transatlantic flights and a turnaround at Spain’s Iberia helped International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, more than double profits to €1.1bn (£801m) last year.

Babcock to demand more state money for nuclear clean-up

A Babcock International-led consortium is set to demand hundreds of millions in extra taxpayer money to decontaminate 12 historic nuclear sites, despite only getting starting on the £4.2bn contract six months ago.

Price comparison sites should pay fines if they 'dupe' customers, MPs say

Price comparison websites should have to pay compensation when they act “like backstreet market traders” and “dupe” customers into switching to energy deals that are not the cheapest on the market, MPs have said.

Russian banker Sergei Pugachev suffers setbacks in London legal battle

Sergei Pugachev, the billionaire Russian businessman who lives in one of London’s grandest homes with his partner, the socialite Alexandra Tolstoy, has suffered a series of setbacks in his attempts to stave off a civil legal action alleging fraud and embezzlement.

Warren Buffett’s 50th annual investor letter: What will the Sage of Omaha have to say?

Tomorrow marks a rather special anniversary for billionaire Warren Buffett – the 50th year he has sent out his annual investor letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders.

Royal Mail to increase stamp prices by 1p

Even in the internet age you still can’t quite beat the joy of sending or receiving a letter – but you might want to make sure you keep that penny change because the price of stamps is going up.

RightMove receives record visitor numbers

A record 100 million visitors browsed homes for sale on Rightmove, the UK's biggest property website, in January, figures have showed.

SeaWorld reports fourth quarter losses as Blackfish fallout continues

SeaWorld Entertainment has suffered another blow after its revenue slid 2.7 per cent in its fourth quarter – a decrease that was lower than Wall Street expectations.

Scores of left-wing hardliners riot in Athens as PM agrees to new bailout terms

Rioters threw petrol bombs and vandalised cars on Thursday night in Athens as left-wing supporters vented their anger over the newly elected government’s perceived capitulation to Brussels.

Quindell shares drop 6% as strategy review continues

Embattled insurance outsourcer Quindell’s shares dropped 6 per cent today after it warned investors that the ongoing MOT of the business will take longer than expected.

Lloyds to pay first dividend since 2008 bailout

Lloyds Banking Group, which is backed by the taxpayer, is to pay its first dividend since 2008 as its chief executive collected a £7.4 million bonus.

BA owner IAG increases profit forecast after flying even higher than expected in 2014

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has upgraded its profit forecast for 2015 by more than 20 per cent after reporting soaring revenues for last year.

Equitable Life avengers backed over compensation bid

MPs yesterday called for Equitable Life policyholders to be paid the £2.8bn balance owed to them by the Government.

Investment falls at its fastest rate since mid-2009

Business investment fell at its fastest quarterly rate for five years in the three months to December, raising fears that companies are sitting on their cash piles despite the economic recovery.

Fellow top bankers won't thank Ross McEwan for shunning his bonus

It’s a fair bet that Royal Bank of Scotland’s Ross McEwan will be off the guest list for the next get together of Britain’s top bankers.

Petropavlovsk: Precious metal to fool's gold

It all seemed such a good idea at the time. When Peter Hambro’s mining venture Petropavlovsk needed to raise cash to invest in new refineries for its gold mines in Russia, the price of the precious metal was rising and his company was worth £2bn.

Market Report: Saga's private equity backers are slowly retiring

Saga’s private equity backers are slowly retiring. Bank of America Merrill Lynch said yesterday that it was shifting 45 million shares in the over-50s company on behalf of Acromas at a minimum of 185p – exactly the price at which it floated last May.

RBS breaks with past by tearing investment bank apart

The Royal Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan all but tore up the remainder of Fred Goodwin’s legacy at Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday, with plans to dismantle large parts of the bank put together by the former RBS chief executive.

Standard Chartered cull as Bill Winters is unveiled as new chief executive

Standard Chartered is to lose nearly a third of its board, including its chief executive Peter Sands and the chairman Sir John Peace, in the wake of months of discontent among shareholders, alarmed at the hole the bank has fallen into.


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