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British police arrest ex-RBS trader in currency probe-FT
(Reuters) - A former trader from Royal Bank of Scotland was arrested east of London on Friday in connection with a criminal investigation into allegations that bank traders tried to manipulate currency markets, according a report in the Financial Times.
Former Royal Bank of Scotland trader arrested in forex rigging probe  Financial Times
First arrest in SFO forex investigation
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Oil price slump would have left independent Scotland facing unprecedented cuts ...
AN independent Scotland in its first year would have faced a �6.4bn "gaping chasm" in its finances, the Treasury has calculated based on the slump in the oil price.
Storm clouds over North Sea oil industry  The Times (subscription)
It is governments that decide oil price  Scotsman
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FTSE 100 enjoys best week in three years
British shares enjoyed their best week for three years after the US Federal Reserve's promise to take a �patient� approach to interest rate rises sparked a global rally that helped the London stock market stage a recovery from its recent rout.
FTSE 100 closes turbulent week higher  The Guardian
FRIDAY MARKET CLOSE: Retailers help keep Santa rally alive  Scotsman
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Retailers enjoy surge in sales
UK retail sales grew at their fastest year-on-year pace for more than a quarter-century in the two weeks to December 11, with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza adopted from the US playing a major part, a survey has revealed.
High street sent into overdrive by Black Friday fever  The Times (subscription)
Christmas sales surge reaches 26-year high  This is Money
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Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note.
US Stocks Cap Best Week in Two Months on Fed-Led Rally  Businessweek
US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally  Enid News & Eagle
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Apple CEO 'deeply offended' by claims of worker mistreatment
Apple CEO Tim Cook has labelled claims his company forces Chinese workers on its iPhone and iPad assembly lines to work exhaustive overtime shifts as deeply offensive.
BBC Documentary Shows Harsh Conditions for Workers in iPhone Factories  New York Times (blog)
Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making ...  BBC News
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UK public finances improve in November, helped by forex fines
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's public finances improved in November helped by fines paid by banks for a foreign exchange scandal, giving some respite to finance minister George Osborne as he tries to show voters he can keep on bringing down the deficit.
Special Forces  The Times (subscription)
Bank fines swell Treasury coffers but low income tax receipts make Osborne ...  This is Money
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Subsidies go to polluting plants to provide back-up for clean power
Green campaigners rounded on the Government yesterday after it gave fossil-fuel plants most of the subsidies in a �1bn scheme to promote low-carbon electricity.
Energy companies given �1bn to keep the lights on  The Times (subscription)
Power auction keeps lights on for 2018-19  Financial Times
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House prices set to rise by 3%
Property prices will rise by 3 per cent on average next year, according to the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors. Its housing forecast for 2015 said that house prices would rise throughout Britain, boosted by the government's Help to Buy scheme.
UK house prices to rise 'just 3%' next year but London will flatline  This is Money
House price growth on the up in only 3 UK cities - and London's not one ...
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BAT in $575m deal to settle asbestos dispute
British American Tobacco has agreed to pay $575m to settle a long-running dispute over asbestos and dividend claims. The settlement on Friday ends the British tobacco group's seven-year legal dispute with Flintkote, a US roofing company that used to make ...
BATs ends Flintkote dispute with US$575mln payment  Proactive Investors UK
British American Tobacco settles asbestos and dividends legal action
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