Aviva came within striking distance last night of securing the biggest insurance takeover in 15 years. By offering nearly �5 billion to buy Friends Life, it promises to create Britain's biggest insurance, savings and asset management company.
The pay-TV giant Sky has been hit by a revolt over pay as 55 per cent of independent shareholders failed to back the remuneration report.
LONDON: Britain's public finances improved slightly in October but finance minister George Osborne is still unlikely to meet his budget goals before next year's general election.
But discarded gum is a problem that blights most city centres - and Nottingham is no different. Chewing gum manufacturers have now been told they must help pay the multi million-pound bill for cleaning the country's streets, following demands by councils.
The current value of the UK's private housing stock is estimated at �5.06 trillion, new research from Halifax shows. This compares with �3.22 trillion in 2004; an increase of 57 per cent over the past decade.