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China-backed fund nears Imagination bid

A Chinese-backed fund is to test Theresa May’s pledge to subject foreign takeovers‎ of British companies to closer scrutiny by lodging a formal bid for the struggling chipmaker Imagination Technologies. Sky News has learnt that Canyon Bridge Capital Partners has hired advisers from the Wall Street bank Citi to …

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RBS accused of mistreating businesses in leaked report

The RBS department set up to help companies in trouble mistreated many of its clients, a leaked report for the Financial Conduct Authority says.It found some “inappropriate action” – such as interest charges being raised or unnecessary fees added – was experienced by 92% of viable firms seen by …

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Janet Yellen defends US regulations

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended financial rules introduced to the US after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, backing policies that President Donald Trump has deemed “a disaster”.The Trump administration has said the rules have stifled economic growth and lending.It is working with Republicans in Congress and financial firms to …

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BA attacks Border Force for 'dreadful' delays

British Airways has criticised Border Force over “serious inefficiencies” that have caused both citizens and visitors to endure long delays at UK airports. The airline is concerned that only a third of the 29 electronic passport gates are open at Heathrow Terminal 5.BA says the gates shut prematurely at …

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Yellen: Don't water down post-crisis rules

The world’s most powerful central banker has warned against watering down regulations put in place following the financial crisis. Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, said rule changes had made the system “undoubtedly safer”. She insisted there was no evidence that regulatory changes had either acted as …

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French wine production to fall 18% this year

France’s wine production is set to plummet by 18% this year after a spring frost damaged vines across the country, the French government said. The forecast from the agriculture ministry echoes warnings from winemakers after bitterly cold weather struck twice in a week in April. Wine expert Gilbert Winfield …

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Matchesfashion close to £800m takeover deal

A frenetic bidding war for Matchesfashion.com, one of Britain’s fastest-growing online retailers, has sent its price-tag soaring to more than £800m as private equity groups try to grab a fresh slice of the luxury fashion market. Sky News has learnt that final takeover offers for Matchesfashion are due imminently …

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