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Standard Chartered backs chief Peter Sands amid speculation shareholders want him out

Standard Chartered has denied chief executive Peter Sands is about to be removed following pressure from shareholders.

Female-only shortlists to get more women on boards blocked by Human Rights Commission

The use of female-only shortlists to get more women on City boards has been found to be unlawful, according to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Hackers demand ransom after stealing personal data from European Central Bank

Hackers have attacked the European Central Bank (ECB), stealing personal data including emails addresses and contact information from the organization’s public website.

Kingfisher shares slump on B&Q weak trading despite warn summer

B&Q emerged today as the big loser of the summer as the UK’s largest DIY chain admitted it failed to capitalise on the recent heatwave, causing the City to abandon parent company Kingfisher

EasyJet shares plunge on disappointing profit guidance

EasyJet shares suffered their worst drop in two years in early London trading after the airline warned higher airport charges and fare pressure at Gatwick will hit annual profits.

Ofgem orders SSE and UKPN to pay extra £3.3m in power cut compensation

Two energy giants have been forced to pay an extra £3.3 million over the prolonged power cuts that affected nearly one million homes following last Christmas’s storms.

We need more banks, but the public must demand them

One of the most high-profile challenger banks in the UK, Metro Bank, continued to grow its customer base and reduce its losses in the last three months.

Exclusive: Sellafield clean-up gets messier as ‘failing’ consortium faces takeover

Unions are demanding answers over the future of Sellafield, one of the world’s most hazardous nuclear sites, as the US engineer leading toxic clean-up work there faces a $4bn (£2.3bn) takeover.

Sky deal sees off TalkTalk pay revolt

TalkTalk has kept revenues rising for a sixth quarter in a row, thanks to its expanding TV and mobile business, which helped the telecoms company see off a minor revolt over the pay of its chief executive, Dido Harding.

GlaxoSmithKline warns on profits as China bribes crisis bites

GlaxoSmithKline slashed its growth forecasts and stopped a billion-pound plus share buyback yesterday as its chief executive, Sir Andrew Witty, said he remained “concerned” about allegations that it bribed doctors in China to prescribe its drugs.

Jim Armitage: Agents of their own destruction – at last?

Outlook As British firms pour back into corruption-prone Iran in the hope of an imminent end to sanctions, a little-noticed Supreme Court judgment brings some cheer to their stressed compliance departments.

The Russians won’t skip the country just yet

Outlook: A few words on this talk of the exodus of rich Russians, and their money, from London.

Standard Chartered’s chief is now under fire from within and without

Outlook Peter Sands’s hold on the chief executive position at Standard Chartered seems ever more tenuous. Yesterday, an exhaustively researched story in the Financial Times was splashed across its front cover, with a further page inside, documenting the extreme difficulties the emerging markets bank is going through.

Market Report: From oil to tech, deal fever is gripping the City

Deal fever is still gripping the City, with new rumours emerging daily.

Doom and gloom: 2015 global recession warning from financial seers of the century

Just as the US economy strengthens, other countries threaten to drag it down. Employers in the US are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the late 1990s and the economy finally looks ready to expand at a healthy rate.

Hamish McRae: It’s not a question of if, but when... interest rates have been kept artificially low for long enough

Everyone knows we are going to get higher interest rates. The market consensus now is that the first increase will come either in November this year or in February next – it cannot be later than February because that would be running into the election period, and traditionally the Bank does not like to change rates at that time. After the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee minutes were pu

Regulators get twice as long to investigate City misconduct

The legal time limit forcing watchdogs to act against some City miscreants within just three years of discovering misconduct in the City doubles today.

Strong mobile ads help Facebook revenue soar 61 per cent

Facebook revenue rose 61 per cent in its latest quarter, helped by a strong performance from its mobile advertising business, the company said late today.

The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing

One of the Tories’ biggest donors and a major contributor to the Scottish “No” campaign runs a vast oil-trading company which has potentially avoided UK corporate taxes on billions of pounds of profit with the blessing of the tax man.

Vitol: Tough work but staff stay loyal due to huge bonuses

When it comes to the financial industry’s richest and most risk-taking executives, few top those in the world of energy trading.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to testify in court in Paul Ceglia forgery case

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will testify in court against an entrepreneur charged with forgery after claiming half ownership of the multibillion-dollar company.

Bill Ackman's 'death blow' leaves Herbalife unscathed as shares rally

Poor Bill Ackman.

Standard Chartered shrugs off reports of Asia expansion halt

Shares in Standard Chartered fell just 0.5 per cent today as investors shrugged off a report that it is losing further business in its core Asian markets.

Bank of England unanimous on low rates but signals 'receding risks' from early hike

The debate over the UK’s first interest rate rise since the recession intensified today as minutes of the Bank of England’s latest meeting suggested risks to the recovery from an early hike were “receding”.

Apple patents 'iTime' smartwatch design

We’ve been calling it the iWatch for months now, but a newly-published patent from Apple suggests that the company’s long-rumoured smartwatch might actually be called the iTime.

Five men arrested in China 'rotten' meat scandal

China has arrested five people in connection with an ongoing probe into allegations that a Shanghai-based food firm supplied "rotten" meat to clients, including McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut.

Government under fire for being soft on Big Six

The Government walked into a row yesterday after it “invited” Britain’s Big Six energy companies to hand customers a windfall they’ve pocketed through a deal made last December over official green levies.

MPs attack RBS bosses as 'wilfully obtuse' over claims about small business scandal

Royal Bank of Scotland executives have been accused of being “wilfully obtuse” with a Parliamentary committee over whether its controversial Global Restructuring Group was run as an “internal profit centre” for the bank.

James Moore: Crocs makers bitten, but they will survive

Outlook It wasn’t all that long ago that the makers of Crocs were aspiring to be the biggest reptiles in the footwear world.

James Moore: Fines for standing? Let’s applaud the LME

Outlook The City is now in the midst of the summer silly season as regards news. So here’s an apparently silly story.

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