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Barclays profits climb as investment bank makes surprise lurch to health
Barclays profits increased in the first half of the year as the troubled investment banking unit reported a strong turnaround, but the bank has scrapped its dividend target in a move designed to conserve capital.
Barclays must cut bureaucracy, exit some countries, new boss says  Reuters
Barclays chairman hails investment bank  Financial Times
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Sky pay TV doubles annual profits
Sky more than doubled annual profits thanks to a robust rise in subscribers to its British arm, the European pay-TV broadcaster says.
Sky profits jump 6% as subscriber numbers surge past 12m  The Times (subscription)
Football bidding war fails to derail Sky  Management Today
Libor-style scandals could happen again as banks are failing to reform, says FCA
Market-fixing scandals could happen again because banks and brokerages have not taken enough steps to monitor their staff, according to the Financial Conduct Authority, three years on from the Libor interest rate fixing scandal.
Banks have not fully learned lessons from Libor scandal - UK watchdog  Reuters UK
MarketsFCA warns banks on benchmarks  Financial Times
Hikma and Barclays help FTSE to climb higher
LONDON FTSE 100 rose for a second straight session on Wednesday after recent sharp falls, with Hikma Pharmaceuticals leading the market higher on positive broker comments and Barclays gaining after saying it will speed up cost cuts.
Britain's FTSE climbs, boosted by well-received corporate updates  Economic Times
EU stocks rise on takeover news  iAfrica.com
Disneyland Paris faces probe for allegedly charging British and German ...
Disneyland Paris is under scrutiny from the European Commission for allegedly overcharging British and German visitors. Brussels has found that French and Belgian customers will pay €1,346 for a premium package to the theme park, while Brits spend ...
Disneyland Paris is being investigated for allegedly charging British and ...  The Independent
Taking The Mickey? EU Probe Into Disney Prices  Sky News
Smaller grocers are enjoying welcome boost in sales
Supermarket sales have risen 0.8% year-on-year, with growth and record market shares coming from smaller grocers as the UK's Big Four supermarkets all suffer falls, latest figures show.
Sainsbury's overtakes Asda to become UK's second biggest supermarket  Drapers
Sainsbury's takes advantage of Asda's slips to become Britain's ...  The Independent
Bank of England's Sir Jon Cunliffe: 'Markets are quite fragile'
A leading Bank of England policymaker has expressed concerns about the “fragility” of the global financial markets as he warned against any watering down of regulatory reforms eight years on from the financial crisis.
Bank of England revamps discretionary capital rules for banks  Reuters UK
Bank of England Considers Tougher Stress Tests as Economy Grows  Bloomberg
SSE buys stake in North Sea gas field from Total for �565m
Energy firm SSE has announced it is buying a minority stake in French oil and gas giant Total's West of Shetland operations for �565m.
UPDATE 1-Total beats profit forecast, cost cuts to exceed targets  Reuters
Total sells stake in North Sea gasfield to SSE in $900m deal  Financial Times
Sainsbury's sells pharmacy business to rival LloydsPharmacy
Sainsbury's has sold its chain of pharmacies to the owner of LloydsPharmacy for �125m. Celesio, the German drugs wholesaler that owns LloydsPharmacy in the UK, said that it would buy 281 pharmacies in total from the supermarket group.
CompaniesJ Sainsbury sells pharmacy business for �125m  Financial Times
Celesio buys Sainsbury's pharmacies  Reuters
UPDATE 1-Britain's Greggs raises profit outlook again
(Adds CEO, analyst comment, shares). LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - British baker Greggs upgraded its profit outlook for the third time this year after posting a 51 percent jump in first-half profit that reflected favourable market conditions and well ...
Greggs announces rise in profits after healthier eating options launched  shropshirestar.com
Breakfast Boom Boosts Greggs  Fresh Business Thinking