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  • Barclays Shareholders Take Up 19% of Open Offer Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 3:08 AM ET

    Barclays' shareholders took up just 19 percent of new shares in the British bank's recently announced fundraising, meaning the bulk of the money will be provided by mostly new "anchor" investors led by Qatar.

  • UK Inflation Jumps to Series High 3.8% in June Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 6:55 AM ET

    Soaring food and fuel prices pushed Britain's inflation rate to nearly double the central bank's 2 percent target in June, official data showed on Tuesday, boosting talk of interest rate hikes ahead.

  • UK Housing Sentiment Improves in June: RICS Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 7:03 PM ET

    The outlook for UK housing improved slightly in June, but a sharp downturn in the economy could see the foundations of the British real-estate market start to crumble, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said Tuesday.

  • Barratt Cuts 1,200 Jobs, Scraps Final Dividend Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 12:18 PM ET

    Britain's Barratt Developments will cut nearly a fifth of its workforce to cope with the housing market downturn, joining other builders taking similar measures, and will not pay a final dividend for 2007-08.

  • Bank of England Keeps Rates on Hold Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 7:48 AM ET

    The Bank of England kept its main interest rate steady at 5 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, despite rising inflation.

  • Will the BoE Keep Writing Letters? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:36 PM ET

    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee will find itself in no easier position on Thursday, as it meets again to decide on UK interest rates. With rising inflation and falling growth, there seems no alternative but to wait, see and keep writing letters. 

  • UK Housebuilders Shed Jobs Amid Slowdown Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 7:45 AM ET

    Two more UK homebuilders announced job cuts on Wednesday as housing woes deepened and with the industry warning the job losses in the sector could climb steeply.

  • Survey Shows Risk of UK Recession Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 3:47 AM ET

    Falling sales in a weak home market have left British firms facing their worst cashflow situation since records began in 1992, a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce showed on Tuesday.

  • Taylor Wimpey Can't Raise Cash, Shares Fall 49% Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 11:37 AM ET

    British housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has failed to raise the extra capital it said it would seek just two days ago, citing tough market conditions, sending its shares and those of its rivals plummeting.

  • Barclays Raises $8.9 Billion for Capital Boost Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 1:24 PM ET

    British bank Barclays raised $8.9 billion from investors including Qatar and Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui and aims to use half the cash to rebuild capital and half to pursue growth.

  • Deputy Governor Gieve Quits Bank of England Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 7:50 PM ET

    Bank of England Deputy Governor John Gieve announced on Wednesday he will quit prematurely next year just as the government unveiled the biggest shake-up of the central bank's financial stability remit in more than a decade.

  • Are UK Retailers Feeling the Pinch? Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 5:30 AM ET

    UK retailers J. Sainsbury and Woolworths reported sales that disappointed slightly, sparking comments that British consumers may be orienting towards discount retailers, analysts said on Wednesday.

  • UK Inflation Surges But BoE Cools Rate Rise Outlook Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 7:39 AM ET

    Britain's inflation rate rose in May to its highest since the Labour government came to power in 1997 but the Bank of England played down the risk of early interest rate rises by saying the path for rates was still "uncertain."

  • UK Gas Stations Struggle as Fuel Strikes Continue Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 6:53 AM ET

    A four-day strike over pay by hundreds of tanker drivers hit Shell fuel stations across Britain on Friday after last-ditch pay talks broke down.

  • UK Regulator Takes Aim at Short Sellers Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 3:51 AM ET

    Britain's financial watchdog said investors with significant short positions in companies issuing rights will have to disclose those positions, as it unveiled a review of the efficiency of the capital-raising process.

  • Carphone Shares Sink 11% on Fall in Broadband Demand Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 1:13 PM ET
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    Europe's biggest independent mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has seen falling broadband demand due to a slowdown in the housing market and is cautious about the year ahead, it said on Thursday.

  • UK Housing Market Improves Slightly in May: RICS Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 5:57 AM ET

    Sentiment in Britain's housing market improved marginally in May, a survey showed on Tuesday, but prices continued to fall at close to their fastest rate in at least 30 years.

  • UK Retail Sales Jump in May Thanks to Sunny Days Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 3:00 AM ET

    British retail sales grew at their fastest pace in four months in May as warm, sunny weather encouraged consumers to splash out on new clothes and summer food and drink, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Europe Preview: Will RBS's Grand Project Pay Off? Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 5:20 PM ET
    A Royal Bank of Scotland logo is seen outside the company's offices in central London, Tuesday May 29, 2007. A consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC said Tuesday it will launch a hostile bid of euro71.1 billion (US$95.5 billion) for ABN Amro, topping a friendly offer from Barclays PLC and pressing Bank of America Corp. for control of the Dutch bank's U.S. arm. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Some may point to how RBS has stronger risk management than rivals, but the problem for many shareholders is the lack of oversight over CEO Fred Goodwin.

  • UK Consumer Mood Measure Sinks in May Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 1:49 AM ET

    British consumer confidence fell further in May as people got even gloomier about the current state of the economy, a survey showed on Wednesday.