Albemalre & Bond has revealed pre-tax profits fell to �4.9 million from �21.4 million for the year to end of June, on revenues of �107.1 million, down from �117.7 million, driven by a decline in gold prices.
Demand for new staff increased at the fastest pace in 15 years in November, according to a new survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and consultancy KPMG.
An influential consumer group is calling for sweeping regulatory reforms of the �12bn-a-year annuity market after a year-long study warned that millions of pensioners stood to lose out in retirement.
The danger that the eurozone has entered a period of deflation was given added weight as Greece reported its highest deflation since monthly records began in 1960.
Aerospace giant EADS is planning up to 6,000 job cuts as part of a restructuring of its European business. Executives were due to meet unions later on Monday to outline details, which will mostly hit the defence and space arms.