Banking has dominated Alison Brittain's life since joining Barclays as a graduate trainee - she even met her husband in a branch - so her ascendance to the chief executive job at Whitbread comes as something as a surprise.
Higher stamp duty revenue and bumper corporation tax receipts helped improve public finances in April. Photograph: Alamy. Phillip Inman economics correspondent.
The City watchdog has warned that cosy deals between large investment banks may be shutting out smaller institutions, meaning that companies looking to raise money are getting a raw deal.
Water and sewage service provider Severn Trent's pretax profit fell as the company tries to keep in line with regulations and maintain low prices for consumers.
The average period of time between home moves is as long as 28 years in some UK cities, new findings reveal today. A 30 per cent drop in moves by homeowners with mortgages over the last decade is starving the market of housing supplies and driving ...