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British construction firms Balfour Beatty, Carillion eye merger
(Reuters) - Balfour Beatty (BALF.L) and Carillion Plc (CLLN.L), two of Britain's biggest construction companies, confirmed on Thursday that they were in preliminary talks on a possible merger.
Balfour Beatty and Carillion in �3bn merger talks
UPDATE 1-British construction firms Balfour Beatty, Carillion eye merger  Reuters
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IMF hedges bets on asset bubbles
Ultra-low interest rates around the world are fuelling financial bubbles and pushing investors into overvalued assets, the International Monetary Fund has warned in a marked shift of policy.
UPDATE 1-IMF cuts global growth outlook, warns of stagnation risk in rich ...  Reuters
IMF Cuts 2014 Global Growth Forecast  Wall Street Journal
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Fall in B&Q sales puts pressure on Kingfisher
Shares in Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, tumbled by 8pc on Thursday after the DIY retailer reported falling sales across Europe.
Kingfisher sales slip on World Cup and Europe woes  Financial Times
B&Q owner suffers sales decline across Europe  The Guardian
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Barclays Files to Dismiss New York Attorney General's Dark-Pool Complaint
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman details his claims against Barclays in June. Associated Press. In its response, Barclays says the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took a number of details out of context and didn't provide a full ...
UPDATE 2-Barclays files to dismiss New York lawsuit against 'dark pool'  Reuters
Barclays PLC Files Suit to Dismiss Schneiderman's Charges  ValueWalk
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Unipart Automotive goes into administration
Embattled British car parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration just weeks after it scrambled to secure a rescue deal.
Unipart Cambridge falls victim to administration with 27 job losses  Cambridge News
Unipart Automotive collapses with 1400 job losses
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FTSE 100 ends up with Reed Elsevier taking top spot
Footsie put in a convincing performance, closing to the good - up over 23 points at 6,821, with Reed Elsevier (LON:REL) the biggest gainer.
UK's FTSE roused by rally in Reed Elsevier  Reuters UK
Reed Elsevier share price jumps on better-than-expected H1 earnings  iNVEZZ
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BP's Iain Conn in talks to lead Centrica
Iain Conn, BP's head of downstream businesses, has quit the oil major and is holding talks with Centrica about taking over from Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of the UK's biggest energy supplier to UK households.
Centrica should not have to compensate Iain Conn for leaving BP  The Guardian (blog)
BP's Iain Conn to leave by end of year amid talk of move to top Centrica job  HITC
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China July HSBC flash PMI at 18-month high
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.
European stocks close higher  Herald Sun
US factory activity expands in July: Markit  Reuters
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�40m 'bribe' for communities to consider radioactive waste dump
Communities are to be paid �1m a year simply to discuss the possibility of having a radioactive dump built beneath them, under the latest Government attempts to find a burial site for Britain's nuclear waste.
Communities could be handed �40m 'bribe' just to consider a nuclear ...  Daily Mail
Radioactive rewards: UK offers 'bribes' for areas to consider ...  RT
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Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories
Poultry offal piles up during a pump system failure at the 2 Sisters factory in Anglesey. Photograph: Guardian. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, intervened in the row over food hygiene on Thursday demanding that the Food Standards Agency mount an ...
UK Supermarkets Launch Emergency Inquiries Over 'Contaminated Poultry ...  International Business Times UK
Poultry hygiene: What do retailers need to know?  Retail Week
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