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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was heading for a "mauling" in his first electoral test with his ruling Labour Party recording its worst performance in local polls in three decades, early results showed on Friday.
The scale of losses and the economic fallout from the credit crunch may not be as bad as feared and sub-prime write-offs could end up costing less than half market forecasts, the Bank of England said on Thursday.
The board of Britain's HBOS meets on Monday amid growing speculation the mortgage bank is set to announce plans for a rights issue of shares of up to 4 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) to shore up its capital base.
The collective wealth of Britain's 1,000 richest people went up by nearly 15 percent last year, and more than half the country's 75 billionaires are foreign-born, according to a list published by the Sunday Times newspaper.
Britain's economy grew at its weakest rate in three years in the first quarter as the credit squeeze took its toll and energy output contracted, official figures showed on Friday.
The Bank of England moved to ease the effects of a credit crunch on the UK's banking system on Monday by offering to swap secure government bonds for riskier mortgage debt.
The Bank of England's mortgage rescue plan has no upper limit on the amount banks can swap for government debt and it would depend on what they needed to meet their operational needs, BoE Governor King said on Monday.
The Bank of England will unveil on Monday a plan to swap government bonds for commercial banks' mortgage debt in an effort to unblock the home loan market and ease the effects of the credit crunch on consumers.
Royal Bank of Scotland is set to announce a rights issue next week, an industry source said on Friday, in a move which analysts believe could raise over $20 billion and lead to similar action by other UK banks.
AstraZeneca has settled U.S. patent litigation against India's Ranbaxy Laboratories over its top-selling drug, ulcer pill Nexium, securing future sales and sending its shares soaring.
British surveyors reported the most widespread fall in house prices last month in the 30-year history of their RICS market survey, suggesting the property downturn is gathering pace.
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The Bank of England will probably cut interest rates to 5 percent Thursday, in the hope of alleviating the impact of the credit crunch, but inflation expectations are on the rise, adding to the central bank's dilemma, analysts told CNBC.com.
Online advertising spending looks set to overtake spending on television in the UK by the end of 2009, according to a recent report.
There is a real danger that the housing market crisis in the US could be repeated in Britain, analysts said on Tuesday.
The credit squeeze for households and businesses looks set to intensify over the coming months as lenders grow increasingly nervous over the economic outlook, a survey by the Bank of England showed on Thursday.
British insurer Friends Provident rejected a 3.5 billion pound ($7 billion) cash takeover proposal from U.S. private equity firm JC Flowers because it "significantly undervalues" the firm, Friends said.
Travelers hoping to fly from the new Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow airport on Monday face more delays from teething troubles with the computerised baggage handling system, British Airways said.
British Airways cancelled three dozen flights out of its new $8.6 billion terminal at Heathrow on Friday -- a fifth of scheduled departures -- as the chaos from its shambolic opening spilled into a second day.
British house prices fell for a fifth straight month in March, bringing the annual rate of increase to its lowest in 12 years, in a clear sign the once red-hot property market is weakening fast.