TSB's chief executive, Paul Pester has rejected suggestions by MPs that the newly liberated bank may not be large enough to challenge the �big five�.
Tesco shares fell to their lowest level in more than 11 years on Friday after the retailer's credit rating was downgraded and news emerged that an institutional shareholder had sold off his stake.
The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big companies.
The chief executive of Shire plc, which has major operations in Massachusetts, said Friday that his company's prospects remain bright despite the recent collapse of a $55 billion merger with another biopharmaceutical company.
C&C, the Clonmel-based maker of Bulmers cider, appears to have a job on its hands convincing the market that it should be in the pub business.