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Dixons is discussing a deal  with Carphone Warehouse that would create a new £3.5 billion force in the electrical retailing sector.

Five years ago, Dixons could have been snapped up for less than £250 million (€303 million). By late 2008 its shares had slithered to an all-ti(...)

Shares in HSBC declined by 4.3 per cent to 626.2 pence in early morning trading in London, the sharpest fall since August. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

HSBC Holdings, Europe’s largest bank, said full-year profit rose 9 per cent, missing analysts’ estimates, as costs and bad-loan charges fell. (...)

Commuters stand on a platform as they wait to board a train at a station in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s economy grew just 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with the previous quarter, confounding forecasts of a 0.7 per cent gain. The disappointing result will keep pressure on the Bank of Japan to support the economy once an increase in the sales tax goes through in April. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Asian shares built on their recent rally overnighty as worries about emerging markets continued to ebb, sucking the safe-haven support out of t(...)

Liffey Valley shopping centre in west Dublin: produces a rent roll of €28 million from about 70 stores including Marks and Spencer, Dunnes Stores and the Vue Cinema. Photograph: Frank Miller

HSBC Alternative Investments (HAIL) has acquired a majority stake in Liffey Valley shopping centre in west Dublin for more than €250 million. T(...)

 BNP Paribas discovered a large number of dollar payments involving “countries, persons and entities that could have been subject to economic sanctions under US law”. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

BNP Paribas has made $1.1 billion in provisions to cover the cost of likely breaches of US economic sanctions, the latest in a long line of ban(...)

The move in HSBC briefly pushed the FTSE 100 into positive territory

Shares in HSBC jumped nearly 10 per cent in minutes yesterday in what traders said looked like a costly mistake.The bank jumped from around 630p to 68(...)

A report also showed that China’s manufacturing industry had unexpectedly contracted. Photograph: Reuters

Gloom enveloped global markets yesterday as investors fretted over prospects for developing markets.Dublin slid as European stocks posted their bigges(...)

Low-cost Mexican airline VivaAerobus, which is part-owned by the Ryan family via its Irelandia Aviation investment vehicle, plans to float on the Mexi(...)

The law against marijuana was lifted in Colorado on January 1st, bringing possession of a $10 bag of pot into the same category as laundering hundreds(...)

Companies did a lot of firing last year and were more imaginative than ever in telling it like it is not. Most famously, HSBC “demised” its managers, Reuters caused staff to be “transitioned out of the company”, while other businesses “disestablished” or even “completed” roles.

Each January for the past eight years I have handed out prizes to the finest, freshest examples of corporate guff spoken or written in the preceding 1(...)

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