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Homebase to Shrink by Quarter as U.K. Shoppers Move Online
Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) plans to shut about 80 Homebase stores by the end of 2018 as the U.K. home-improvement chain adjusts to an age of online shopping.
Homebase turns to Argos to transform itself into digital leader amid store ...  Retail Week
Homebase to make digital improvements using Argos' investments  ComputerworldUK
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GlaxoSmithKline's mulled HIV spin-off 'bigger than M&S and Sainsbury's ...
GlaxoSmithKline is looking to float the HIV business it set up with Pfizer five years ago in a move that would create a listed company "bigger than Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's" combined.
GlaxoSmithKline Unveils Cost-Saving Plan, Considers IPO of HIV Business  Wall Street Journal
UPDATE 1-GSK eyes top slot in FTSE 100 index for standalone HIV drugs unit  Reuters
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MPC puts off rate rise over eurozone risks
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held off raising the base rate due to risks in the Eurozone, minutes from this month's meeting reveal.
MPC minutes point to UK interest rates staying on hold  Financial Times
Bank of England puts rate hike on back burner on eurozone weakness  The Independent
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Facebook London staff get tens of millions in shares � but social media giant ...
Facebook looks set to spark a fresh row over offshore tax avoidance as UK accounts showed it paid no corporation tax for the second year in a row while granting shares worth tens of millions of pounds to London staff.
Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year  The Guardian
Facebook's �3169 UK corporate tax bill in 2013 was less than a zone 1-9 ...  CITY A.M.
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Motor insurers help FTSE edge higher
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top share index edged higher late on Wednesday, with motor insurers advancing on news of a rise in car premiums and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.
FTSE edges lower, British American Tobacco down on sales drop  Reuters
British American Tobacco says sales slump  GlobalPost
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HSBC share price: Regulator criticises bank over breach of SME loan rules, Wednesday, October 22: HSBC Holdings Plc (LON:HSBA) has broken competition rules by forcing small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to open accounts so that they could borrow money, according to the UK's antitrust regulator.
Competition watchdog blasts banks over SME loans  The Independent
UK regulator says HSBC and First Trust breached SME loan rules  Financial Times
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Analysis SuperGroup chief becomes 'founder'. What an odd job title
'Founder' Julian Dunkerton steps aside for Euan Sutherland. While the newcomer's CV impresses, his attire is questionable � Ex-Co-op chief takes over at Superdry.
Superdry founder replaced as CEO role by ex-Co-op boss  BBC News
When Is It Time For The Founder To Quit?  Forbes
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UK car insurers up as premiums rise for first time since 2012
(Reuters) - Shares in British insurers jumped on Wednesday after motoring group AA Plc said the price of car insurance had risen for the first time since early 2012 due to a rise in fraudulent claims.
Car insurance prices rise for first time in two years as clampdown on ' ...  This is Money
AA: Car Insurance Premiums Increase For First Time In Two Years  International Business Times UK
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Media monitoring group Gorkana acquired in �200m deal
Gorkana has become the latest media monitoring company to join the stable of GTCR, after the US private equity group agreed to buy the UK company in a �200m deal.
Gorkana name stays and expect more acquisitions, says Jeremy Thompson  PRWeek UK
Media jobs website Gorkana sold to Cision in �200m deal  The Guardian
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Metro Bank losses narrow to �9.4m in Q3
Metro Bank posted a �9.4 million loss over the third quarter, which it said reflects continued investment in people, infrastructure and technology.
Profits beat expectations at the bank that doesn't pay bonuses  Yorkshire Post
Handelsbanken, Metro Bank point way for UK challengers  Reuters
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