Any hopes UK banks had that they could put their past misdeeds behind them, and reduce the amount they are paying out in misconduct fines, have been comprehensively dashed by Standard & Poor's.
Banking giant HSBC saw billions more added to its stock market value today as shares rose on reports that it was weighing up a sale of its British retail bank.
Britain's housebuilders saw their share prices hit on Monday after Ed Miliband unveiled detailed plans to impose rent controls on landlords.
Owner Centrica said that British Gas had stemmed the flow of customers leaving the business, with the number of accounts on its books staying at 14.8 million, following a five per cent cut in gas tariffs from the end of February.
Diageo, the Johnny Walker and Smirnoff vodka owner, is facing a bitter legal battle with Indian businessman and Kingfisher Airlines founder Vijay Mallya.