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RBS: Government sells �2.1bn of shares in bank
The government has begun its sell-off of shares in part-nationalised lender Royal Bank of Scotland, raising �2.1bn. It sold 630 million shares, or a 5.4% stake in the bank, at 330p each, a discount of 7.6p to Monday's closing share price.
Chancellor raises �21.bn from selling off 5.2pc stake in Royal Bank of Scotland  
RBS share sale: Government makes �2.1b selling off 5.4% of the bailed-out bank  
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To his colleagues, Tom Hayes was Tommy Chocolate - so called because he preferred cocoa to alcohol when out drinking with City friends.
MUMBAI Aug 4 The Reserve Bank of India held its policy rate at 7.25 percent on Tuesday, pausing as widely expected after a spike in food prices sent consumer inflation to an eight-month high.
Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a debt payment at the weekend, in the latest sign of the economic crisis in the US territory.
The bank's chief executive talked enthusiastically about how it would redeploy some $200bn of balance sheet capacity into faster growing markets in Asia and the Pearl River Delta region of southern China in particular.
Japanese carmaker Toyota has reported a 10% increase in profits for the first quarter of its fiscal year. For the period from April to June, the company announced a net income of 646.3bn yen (�3.34bn, $5,2bn) up from 587.7bn yen a year earlier.

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