HSBC's boss has hit out against the chancellor's bank levy, warning it would end his efforts to increase dividend payments to shareholders, as he said a review of whether to move Britain's biggest bank out of the UK would be completed by the end of the year.
Shares in Greek banks and some public utilities are having a torrid Tuesday as investors react nervously to the prospect of the IMF withholding support for a much-needed bailout.
Helge Lund, former chief at Statoil ASA, is now boss at BG Group. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images. Sean Farrell. Tuesday 5 May 2015 09.22 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 5 May 2015 09.44 EDT.
Britain's construction activity slowed sharply last month as uncertainty over this week's general election led developers to be more cautious over their spending decisions.
Pub group Greene King has blamed the introduction of tougher laws against drink-driving in Scotland for weak sales growth in the second half of the year.