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M&S forecasts recovery in tough market after profit fall
LONDON British retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) said improving profit margins and steady market share showed its struggling clothing business was on the mend, despite a 10 percent drop in annual profit and falling sales in the latest quarter.
M&S sets out plan to bolster clothing sales  Sky News
Results round-up  DIGITALLOOK
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Moody's cuts China credit rating over rising debt
BEIJING (AP) - The Moody's ratings agency on Wednesday cut China's credit rating due to surging debt, prompting a protest by Beijing and highlighting challenges faced by communist leaders as they overhaul a slowing economy.
At the open: TSX edges lower as BMO slides  The Globe and Mail
China downgraded by Moody's, as Draghi hails eurozone recovery ...  The Guardian
British sports car maker Lotus bought by China's Geely
Lotus, the British sports car maker, is being bought by China's Geely. The purchase is part of a deal by Geely to buy a 49.9% stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton, which owns Lotus.
China's Geely buys 49.9 percent of Malaysian automaker Proton  Reuters UK
Geely buying 49.9% of Proton  The Rakyat Post
Millions of couples missing out on important tax breaks for this one reason ...
A "dramatic" increase in the number of older cohabiting couples could lead to more people missing out on valuable tax breaks and state pension rights, analysis by an insurer suggests.
Hundreds of thousands of older couples set to miss out on tax breaks and ...  This is Money
The financial benefits of getting married in retirement  Express.co.uk
Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags
Tesco will see what impact the ban on 5p bags has on customers in the selected stores. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images.
Tesco looking to scrap 5p plastic bags for good  Metro
Tesco set to scrap 5p single use plastic bags - and you'll have to pay a ...  Mirror.co.uk
Potential settlement in RBS �12bn rights issue trial hit by further delays as ...
A �200m settlement between Royal Bank of Scotland and thousands of aggrieved shareholders has been hit by further delays after it emerged that lawyers were having difficulty tracking down some investors to ask them to agree the deal.
Judge gives RBS a week to end investor suit or face trial  Reuters UK
RBS case faces fresh delay as talks drag on  Sky News
Mark Carney caught by prankster who embarrassed Barclays
Mark Carney has been caught out by the same email prankster who embarrassed embattled Barclays boss Jes Staley two weeks ago. See related.
Who is the email prankster who caught out the Bank of England boss?  International Business Times UK
Bank of England Governor tricked by email prankster who conned Barclays boss ...  Telegraph.co.uk
Ineos snaps up Dong Energy's North Sea assets in �1bn deal
Ineos has taken another big move into the oil and gas sector by agreeing to buy Dong Energy's portfolio of North Sea assets in a deal worth up to $1.3bn (�1bn) .
Ineos expands in North Sea with $1bn purchase  Financial Times
Ineos to buy Dong Energy's oil and gas arm in �1bn deal  BBC News
Eurostar to launch landmark Amsterdam route direct from London THIS year
EUROSTAR will begin a train service from London to Amsterdam in 2017, a move set to shake up the airline industry. By Claudia Cuskelly.
Eurostar launch flash sale with seats to Paris and Brussels for just �19  Coventry Telegraph
Eurostar 'snap sale' offers trains to Paris for just �19  The Independent
Opening quote: M&S, Kingfisher, Dixons Carphone
This morning, though, M&S let investors see the recent past. And if the future's bright, the past is not so much orange as hot pants gold: affected by the legacy of an unfortunate clothing strategy, that saw the retailer market said pants to its ...
Dixons Carphone - A solid end to the year  Hargreaves Lansdown
Dixons Carphone share price rises as electronics retailer phones in healthy ...  City A.M.