Discount retailers are well represented in the dozen of British retailers lining up IPOs in coming months. For Poundland, the price tag is put at about £800 million.Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/ Bloomberg via Getty Images

Britain’s privately-owned retailers are scrambling to list on the London stock market, with more than a dozen lining up initial public offerings (IPOs(...)

Business secretary Vince Cable: “The US subprime mortgage crisis and its British equivalent were built on the shaky foundations of encouraging mass home purchase in inflating markets, and we know where that led. It must not happen again,” he warned.  Photograph: PA

The UK economy is enjoying its fastest rate of growth since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007, with government figures yesterday estimating(...)

As yet another investigation is launched into the plight of the Co-operative Bank, a new round of the blame game was played out in Westminster yesterday. Photograph: Bloomberg

They are known as the “boomerang generation” – because they keep coming back home. Latest government statistics show a record 3.35 million 20-34 year (...)

 Debenhams on Oxford Street:   Sports Direct International has bought almost 5 per cent  of shares  in Britain’s second-largest department stores chain. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Just when Debenhams thought things couldn’t get much worse after its huge post-Christmas profits warning, up pops the maverick Mike Ashley to make lif(...)

Former Co-operative Bank chairman Reverend Paul Flowers.  Clive Adamson, director of supervision at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), insisted he had not made a mistake approving the appointment of the disgraced Flowers. Photograph: PA Wire

Six separate inquiries are now under way into the near- collapse of the Co-operative Bank, but a half-day session at the UK treasury select committee (...)

Debenhams said it was seeking the “contribution” because of the mutual benefits its suppliers will reap from the store group’s growth. Photograph: Getty

With a week to go before December 25th, there’s all still to play for in the stressed-out retail sector, as shoppers and storekeepers engage in their (...)

 Angela Ahrendts, chief executive officer of Burberry Group, and one of only four women chief executives on the FTSE, is on her way to Apple.   Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

The number of women running Britain’s blue chip companies has surged 33 per cent. But before we hang out the bunting and declare the glass ceiling sha(...)

An employee walks past a stacker as it loads crushed iron ore at a processing facility in the Solomon mining hub in Western Australia. The mining industry, along with mining-related activities, accounts for almost 20 per cent of Australian GDP, and 10 per cent of employment. Photograph: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg

When Tony Abbott swept to power last month, he declared in his victory speech that Australia “is under new management and . . . once more open for bus(...)

After millions of customers were denied access to their money on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Royal Bank of Scotland took to Twitter on Monday with a series of apologetic tweets. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

In the early days of the financial crisis, extracting apologies from bankers was all but impossible; now they can’t stop saying sorry. After millions (...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England intervened  in to the row over Royal Bank of Scotland’s alleged brutal treatment of its small-business customers. Photograph: Bloomberg

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has weighed in to the row over Royal Bank of Scotland’s alleged brutal treatment of its small-business customers,(...)

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