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12th January 2015
Joining the Euro
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Tesco sells binkbox and broadband to TalkTalk

9th January 2015
TalkTalk has acquired the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from Tesco Plc. The assets have been acquired free of debt and as a single transaction for cash. The announcement comes one day after the beleaguered supermarket revealed plans to close 43 stores and close its staff pension scheme. […]
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Editor's letter - January 2015

9th January 2015
The New Year has started with a bang, with triumphs and tribulations already being felt by the finance sector. As year-end figures roll in from 2014, the sentiment is that the global economy is on the up. Deal activity for IPOs peaked towards the end of the year, helped somewhat by the landmark Alibaba listing, […]
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UK General Election number one challenge for CFOs in 2015

9th January 2015
Policy uncertainty at home and economic and geopolitical risks overseas are the central challenges facing Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of the UK’s largest companies as they enter 2015. This is according to Deloitte’s latest CFO Survey, which gauged the views of 119 CFOs of FTSE 350 and other large private UK companies. When asked to […]
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Standard Chartered to close equities business

8th January 2015
Standard Chartered PLC today announced the closure of its institutional cash equities, equity research and equity capital markets (ECM) activities, leading to 200 job losses, as the Group continues cut costs. The decision to close its equities business follows further austerity measures announced in November 2014 with the aim of saving $400 million (€340 million) […]
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Retail banks turn to IT to drive revenue in 2015

8th January 2015
Retail bank IT investment in 2015 will be focused on driving revenue growth, according to new research from Ovum, the global analyst house. Digital channels will be at the heart of this activity, particularly as the improving economy has meant reducing costs and headcount is no longer a priority. The large majority of investment made […]
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Pressure on ECB mounts as Eurozone slips into deflation

8th January 2015
The Eurozone has slipped into deflation for the first time since October 2009 as the annual change in the Consumer Price Index fell below zero to -0.2% in December, Eurostat reported on January 7, 2015. The unemployment rate across the currency area was reported to have remained steady at 11.5%. Beneath the headlines, the data […]
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Private equity fundraising remained strong in 2014

8th January 2015
Private equity fundraising remained strong in 2014, although capital was concentrated among fewer funds, according to Preqin. According to Preqin, 977 private equity funds held a final close throughout the year raising a total of $486 billion (€410 billion), higher than any annual amount between 2009 and 2012, and on track to match the 2013 […]
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