The U.K. government told BP Plc it would oppose the acquisition of the oil producer by a foreign company, the Financial Times reported.
When China released its tabulation of first-quarter growth earlier this month, the 7 per cent figure�the worst in six years�stirred fears of a deepening slowdown.
LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE steadied on Monday, supported by a rise in HSBC but falling short of record highs as traders said housing reform proposals by the Labour Party had caused a pullback in property stocks.
CAR-LEASING firm Zenith Leasedrive has agreed with its lenders to pay one of the UK's biggest private dividends this year. According to Sky News, investors in Zenith, based in Leeds and employing 500 people in the area, is expecting a �100m windfall.
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