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Athens gripped by private panic as Greece scrambles to make debt payments
The Greek government is rushing to assure creditors it can avert bankruptcy this month after the European Central Bank showed no signs of alleviating the pressure on the stricken country.
Greece's economy  The Economist
Greece must repay loans in full, bailout fund head says  Reuters
Deutsche Welle  
China's Fosun buys 5 pct stake in British travel group Thomas Cook
Fosun paid 92 million pounds ($140 million) for the Thomas Cook stake and will seek to double its holding in the world's oldest travel group to 10 percent, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday.
What is Fosun and why has it bought 5% of Thomas Cook?  Management Today
UK MIDDAY BRIEFING: Thomas Cook Soars On Chinese Investment  London South East
The reinvention of George Osborne
The chancellor has been out and about, talking up his long-term plan for the nation. But what of his own? George Osborne at No 11 Downing Street, February 26 �Philip Sinden.
UK's Osborne wants quick RBS sale but could still take years: FT  Reuters
Osborne wants quick RBS sale but could still take years - FT  Reuters UK
SFO probes Bank of England's lending during financial crisis
THE Bank of England is facing an unprecedented investigation into the way it lent money to banks during the financial crisis. Published: 07:39, Fri, March 6, 2015.
The shadow of criminality falls over Threadneedle Street  The Independent
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC  Reuters
U.K. Bonds in Longest Losing Streak Since June on BOE Rates View
(Bloomberg) -- U.K. two-year government bonds were set for the longest run of weekly declines in eight months, as investors prepare for higher interest rates in Britain.
British public expects inflation to stay low, survey shows  The Guardian
Inflation expectations fall to 13-year low  The Times (subscription)
Vodafone Launches Global Maternity Pay Deal
The company plans a worldwide minimum maternity pay policy as it bids to retain and better support more new mothers in its ranks. 11:20, UK, Friday 06 March 2015.
Company offers moms 16 weeks off on full pay, even in the US  CNNMoney
Vodafone offers global maternity equality  BBC News
London Stock Exchange Group Plc Earns Neutral Rating from HSBC (LSE)
London Stock Exchange Group Plc logo London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LON:LSE)'s stock had its �neutral� rating restated by research analysts at HSBC in a report released on Friday.
London Stock Exchange Group Plc Given "Buy" Rating at Beaufort ...  The Legacy
London Stock Exchange Group Plc Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Barclays (LSE)  Intercooler
Bid talk takes Weir to top of FTSE 100
Bid speculation stirred up the oilfield services sector in London on Friday with Weir Group topping the FTSE 100 on talk that the long run lower in its shares had excited the interest of potential suitors.
UK's FTSE slips off record highs as miners retreat  Reuters UK
FTSE mixed as Weir Group in bid focus, miners fall  Stock Market Wire
Furniture chain DFS returns to stock market
Shares in furniture chain DFS have made a steady start on the London stock market, following a flotation that valued the firm at �543m.
Sofa seller DFS priced at bargain levels as it returns to London stock ...  This is Money
Another discount sale at DFS as shares hit market in muted debut  Evening Standard
Canada Pension Plan pays 1.1 bln stg for UK student accomodation
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) said on Friday it had paid 1.1 billion pounds ($1.67 billion) to buy Liberty Living, one of Britain's biggest providers of student accomodation.
Canada Pension Plan Buys U.K. Student Homes for $1.7 Billion  Bloomberg
CPPIB confirms �1.1bn Liberty Living deal  Property Week