Standard Chartered is close to settling claims over further money laundering failings at a cost of up to another $300 million (�179 million).
The payment was announced alongside half-year figures that beat analysts' expectations due to a strong performance from Glencore's marketing arm.
The Bank of England said two policy makers wanted an interest-rate increase this month, marking the first split in more than three years and the first under Governor Mark Carney.
Losses at Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy narrowed substantially to $62 million in the first half of the year. The figure compares to a $219m reverse in the same period last year and comes after the firm suffered a full-year reverse of $556m for 2013.
Commuters across the region could have to fork out up to �35 more a year to travel into Manchester city centre after a hike in rail fares.