Profit at Lloyds Banking Group has fallen by nearly 50% to �863m in the first six months of the year compared to the previous six months.
Revolution: although shale gas has transformed the US energy landscape, some of these assets have been losing money. Shell said last year it would sell its position in Eagle Ford, pictured.
AstraZeneca, the drug maker which recently saw off a �70bn takeover attempt, has surprised investors by raising its full-year outlook following six months of "significant progress" in selling its new drugs.
... * UK house price growth cools in July. * Nationwide cites tougher mortgage checks. * But slowdown may prove temporary (Adds more detail, economist reaction).
Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest construction company, has called off talks on �3.05bn merger with rival Carillion after just seven days.