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UK economy back at pre-crisis level
The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak, which was reached in the first quarter of 2008.
'Big day for Britain' as economy bounces back to pre-recession levels
UK Economy Emerges From Six-Year Downturn  Sky News
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Banks outpace flat UK FTSE after RBS's bumper results
LONDON (Reuters) - British lenders who focus on the domestic market outpaced a flat FTSE 100 index on Friday after strong results from Royal Bank of Scotland and solid economic output data.
Royal Bank of Scotland chief optimistic on Ulster Bank solution  Financial Times
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BSkyB to pay 5.3 billion pounds to create Sky Europe
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion (5.3 billion pound) to buy Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating a media powerhouse with 20 million customers.
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for �4.9bn cash  The Guardian
BSkyB to pay �7bn to create Sky Europe television empire  The Independent
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Tube to adopt contactless payment cards
London's Tube network will accept contactless payment cards from 16 September, Transport for London has announced. The cards, which are already issued as standard by all banks, will work for pay-as-you-go fares and eliminate the need for users to top up ...
London Tube will accept contactless payments from September 16  TechRadar UK
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Newspaper roundup: Royal Mail, Balfour Beatty
Royal Mail has hinted at legal action unless regulator Ofcom stops rival TNT Post UK "cherry-picking" its most lucrative mail delivery services.
Royal Mail posties' bikes could get the chop  Daily Mail
Royal Mail relief as shareholder revolt is averted  CITY A.M.
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Vodafone's Europe pain as EU rules and tough competition bite
Vodafone suffered in all its major European markets as new EU rules and tough competition took their toll at the world's second-largest mobile phones company.
Vodafone Sees European Recovery After Eight-Quarter Drop  Businessweek
Vodafone share price: Spain and South Africa weigh on service revenue  iNVEZZ
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Pocket money squeezed despite recovery, suggests Halifax survey
The economic recovery in the UK has not been felt by youngsters who have seen their pocket money fall in the last year, a survey suggests.
Holidays or the home � what do your savings go on?
Video/Poll: How much pocket money do your children get? Parents in East ...  Ipswich Star
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Balfour in Talks With Carillion to Form $5 Billion Builder
Balfour Beatty Plc (BBY), the U.K. construction company whose chief quit in May after predicting a profit drop, is in merger talks with rival Carillion Plc (CLLN) to form the country's biggest builder with a market valuation of about 3 billion pounds ($5 billion).
Balfour Beatty and Carillion in Preliminary Talks About Possible Merger  New York Times
RBS, BSkyB and Balfour Beatty Are Europe's Stocks in Focus  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Lloyds confirms 'late-stage' talks on Libor
All the focus is on Royal Bank of Scotland this morning, and rightly so, but we thought we'd mention in passing that Lloyds Banking Group, the UK's other state-backed bank, has confirmed the FT's scoop that it's in late-stage settlement discussions over the ...
Libor Fixing Scandal: Lloyds Edges Towards '�300m' Settlement with ...  International Business Times UK
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Heathrow to save �30m through below inflation pay deal
Heathrow will shave a further �30m off its costs after striking a two-year pay deal with 5,000 staff for below inflation pay rises.
Heathrow fears Chinese takeaway  Evening Standard
Heathrow records growth and looks for more via a third runway  Financial Times
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