Shopper on Oxford Circus in London: the CBI retail survey shows confidence at its highest since long before the financial crisis. Photograph: Matt Cheetham/Loop Images/Corbis.
Paddy Power saw its profits tumble 20 per cent in the first half of the year as football and racing punters took the Irish bookmaker to the cleaners.
A Russian state-owned bank is giving out something cooler than a toaster, t-shirt, or a frisbee to homeowners who take out mortgages with them: they're giving out cats.
The hacks against American banks including JPMorgan were not seemingly intended to disrupt services, but appeared to be part of a financial or intelligence-gathering effort.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund's board is likely to stand behind the global lender's leader, Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe, sources close to the board said.