Senior figures close to the consortium - led by Canadian infrastructure investor Borealis Infrastructure - confirmed that a second offer was highly likely after the water company rejected a sub-�5bn bid earlier this month.
Angry shareholders of HSBC on Friday bombarded the group's board with barrage of accusations ranging from financing Mexican drug cartels to supporting tax havens, slashing jobs and mis-selling products.
More than 30 of the coalition's flagship schemes, including Universal Credit and high-speed rail, are at serious risk of failure, a report says.
THE brokers for the �3 billion flotation of Royal Mail are expected to be announced this week, as trade unions claim that the government may yet push for an outright sale of the business.
Households paid off �241m more mortgage debt than they borrowed in an effort to get on top of their debts. Before May last year, net lending had never been negative since the BBA started collecting the data in 1997.