LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) said it will ask to restart dividend payments at a "modest" level after reporting a one-third jump in underlying profit despite another jump in the cost of compensating customers mis-sold loan insurance.
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.