... * FTSE 100 falls after 5-day winning run. * Ex-dividends take around 11 points off the index. * MPC minutes show two members voted for tightening.
The North Sea most eminent oil and gas tycoon has delivered a devastating blow to Alex Salmond's independence campaign by warning there are only 15 years of reserves left before its decline starts wreaking major damage on the Scottish economy.
Balfour Beatty investors said the prospect of a tie-up with construction industry rival Carillion is not yet dead in the water, after talks between the two sides collapsed.
... * Stocks ease as BoE minutes raise specter of rate hike * Fed minutes show no sign of change in rate policy * Euro below $1.33 for first time in nearly a year (Adds oil settlement) By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Global equity markets eased ...
The number of people who are self-employed has increased by over 730,000 in the past six years, but average income has slumped by 22 per cent, a new study has revealed.