Aviva came within striking distance last night of securing the biggest insurance takeover in 15 years. By offering nearly �5 billion to buy Friends Life, it promises to create Britain's biggest insurance, savings and asset management company.
The pay-TV giant Sky has been hit by a revolt over pay as 55 per cent of independent shareholders failed to back the remuneration report.
LONDON: Britain's public finances improved slightly in October but finance minister George Osborne is still unlikely to meet his budget goals before next year's general election.
It wouldn't be the first time that a meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) has taken place in an atmosphere of deep division, bordering on outright hatred.
Gum firms have been urged to cough up and help pay the multi-million bill to clean the nation's streets. Councils across the country say manufacturers should contribute to the estimated �60million cost to remove gum from pavements every year.