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Barclays Board Face Angry Shareholders At AGM
The board of Barclays face laughter and jeering as they seek to defend the bank's controversial pay and bonus pool. 2:19pm UK, Thursday 24 April 2014.
Barclays sees key shareholder vote against pay policy  BBC News
Barclays chairman defends staff bonuses as Standard Life leads shareholder ...  Reuters UK
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AstraZeneca Gains on Takeover Speculation as Profit Drops
AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) rose to a record in London trading even after reporting a slump in first-quarter profit amid speculation that the U.K.
AstraZeneca Gains on Takeover Speculation Even as Profit Drops  Businessweek
AstraZeneca plans spin-offs as cancer progress fuels bid talk  Reuters UK
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ECB QE: real prospect or fantasy game?
When Ben Bernanke launched US quantitative easing in late 2008, the Federal Reserve chairman threw a match into a box of fireworks: the subsequent rally in global share prices was dazzling.
UPDATE 2-Weaker inflation could prompt broad ECB asset-buying -Draghi  Reuters
Draghi Prepares Ground for ECB Bond Purchases If Needed  Bloomberg
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Co-op stores to reduce costs of essentials
The battle for Britain's shopping baskets is intensifying, with Co-op promising to plough more than �100m into lowering the price of basics such as bread, milk and bananas.
Co-op Food spending �100m lowering prices of essential products  Retail Gazette
The Co-operative Food to cut prices on 'everyday essentials'  Talking Retail
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Independent Scotland has parallels with Iceland, warns S&P
Scotland could end up with a banking system much like that of Iceland on the eve of the financial crisis if it votes for independence, according to a warning from one of the world's leading rating agencies.
Banks in independent Scotland at risk of Iceland-style collapse  Daily Mail
Independent Scotland Could Suffer Iceland-Style Financial Collapse - S&P  International Business Times UK
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UK retail sales show Easter rebound in April - CBI
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - British retail sales bounced back this month after a weak March, helped by sales from a later-than-usual Easter, the Confederation of British Industry said on Monday.
Spring boost - Retailers optimistic about the future as sales volumes rise ...  This is Money
Retail sales firmer  Herald Scotland
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UPDATE 3-Alstom shares jump on report of GE bid
... * Alstom shares up more than 14 percent. * Alstom says not informed of any offer. * GE declines to comment; Bouygues supports Alstom strategy.
GE Said in Talks to Buy France's Alstom for $13 Billion  Businessweek
What Does General Electric Want From Alstom?  Bloomberg
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Primark looks to crack US market with Boston store
Primark is set to enter the US retail market with the opening of a store in Boston, Massachusetts, as it looks to become a global fashion chain.
Primark sets sights on notoriously tough US market  Belfast Telegraph
Penneys goes after the cents with US opening  Irish Independent
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Labour Looks At Breaking Ties With Co-op Bank
The party confirms it is reviewing its "financial arrangements" after a period of turmoil at the bank that came close to collapse.
Ed Miliband moves �1.2million Co-op loan to bank run by unions  Evening Standard
Labour prepares to pull the plug on Co-Op Bank  Daily Mail
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Putin: Ukraine 'Crime' Will Have Consequences
Ukraine confirms it has killed "up to five" pro-Russian rebels in what Vladimir Putin says could be a "very serious crime".
Gazprom Turns Up Heat On Kiev With $11bn Bill  Key 103 Manchester
UPDATE 1-Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine owes extra $11 bln for gas  Reuters UK
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