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UK economy picks up in second quarter, recovery pace revised higher
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the second quarter and its recovery from the financial crisis has been less sluggish than first estimated, according to official figures that use a new way of calculating data.
UK GDP grew by 0.9% in Q2  Fundweb
UK GDP revised up: what the economists say  The Guardian
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EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015
(Reuters) - EBay Inc (EBAY.O) said it would spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, marking an about-face for the company.
EBay, Adopting Strategy Backed by Icahn, to Spin Off PayPal  New York Times
3 Reasons To Avoid EBay Shares Post PayPal Spinoff  Forbes
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Brussels criticises Apple's Irish tax deals
Brussels has revealed details of Irish tax deals that partly underpinned Apple's European operations, claiming that in 1991 Dublin gave the iPhone maker favourable and potentially illegal terms apparently �motivated by employment considerations�.
The Lure Of Ireland For Global Tech Firms  Sky News
It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal  Register
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House prices dip by �1000 this month
House prices across the country dropped by nearly �1,000 in September, but the average cost of a home in the capital was almost a third higher than before the financial crisis struck.
UK home prices fall in September as London hits record for quarter  OPP Connect
Further signs of a slowing housing market
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Bad loans cost RBS less than feared
Royal Bank of Scotland has written back �800 million from provisions it had set aside to cover losses on bad loans after an improvement in economic conditions.
RBS expects to reports 'significantly lower' full-year impairments  Scottish Daily Record
RBS Reclaims Bad-Debt Provisions as U.K. Economy Recovers  Bloomberg
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Wonga's profits HALVE after fake law firm letter scandal
Wonga issued 4.6 million loans in 2013, a rise of 15 per cent, and lent a total of �1.3billion, compared with �1.19billion the previous year.
Wonga sees profits more than halve  BBC News
Wonga profits dive on �19m remediation bill  The Times (subscription)
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IMF urges greater infrastructure spending after 30-year decline
Germany has been urged to make greater infrastructure investment. The new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, scheduled to be finished in 2011, remains unfinished.
Global imbalances remain a threat to stability, IMF warns  Financial Times
IMF sees diminished risk from global economic imbalances  Reuters
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Sainsbury's mocked for 'Fifty Pence Challenge' to boost profits
Sainsbury's has become the target of mockery on social media after a internal staff poster designed to encourage customers to spend more accidentally appeared in the window of one of the supermarket's east London stores.
Sainsbury's draws social media mockery for '50p challenge' poster  The Grocer
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Europe Ticks All the Wrong Boxes and Starts Mirroring Japan
Similarities between the euro region and Japan are intensifying, heaping pressure on Mario Draghi while offering good news for bond holders.
ECB under pressure as inflation falls again  Businessweek
FOREX-Dollar heads for best quarter in 6 years, hits 4-year high  Daily Mail
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Wolseley ups the dividend as US plumbers splash out
A spending spree by American plumbers helped Wolseley hike its dividend and launch a �250 million share buyback today. The London-listed plumbing supplies group, based in Switzerland for tax purposes, runs the Plumb Center and Ferguson chains in ...
Wolseley share price jumps on annual profit growth  iNVEZZ
Building supplier Wolseley hikes payout on US boost  Daily Mail
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