Canada’s Stars Group in £2.6bn Sky Bet talks

The Canadian gambling group behind the online PokerStars platform is in advanced talks about a takeover of Sky Bet‎ that would gatecrash a £3bn London float of the English Football League sponsor.

House prices soar as Ireland’s economy booms

Ireland’s economy is booming and so too are its house prices.

Nissan to cut ‘hundreds’ of jobs in Sunderland

Nissan is set to cut hundreds of jobs at its plant in Sunderland because of a fall in demand for diesel-powered cars.

Homebase bidders lured with £100m dowry

Bidders for Homebase are being enticed with a huge dowry as the DIY chain’s Australian owner seeks a fast-track exit from its disastrous foray into the UK retail sector.

Relief at Barclays as regulators show teeth

There will be a profound sense of relief at Barclays that Jes Staley, its chief executive, has not lost his job as a result of his attempts to unmask a whistleblower.

Million Scottish Power customers to see bills rise

Scottish Power is to increase energy bills for almost one million customers by an average of 5.5% – or £63 a year.

Royal Mail boss Moya Greene to step down

Royal Mail’s chief executive Moya Greene is to step down after more than eight years in charge with almost £1m in pay and bonus.

Watchdogs to fine Barclays boss over whistleblower

UK financial regulators plan to fine Barclays chief executive Jes Staley over attempts to uncover the author of an anonymous letter.

Premier League players net £2.5bn in wages

Premier League footballers took home £2.5bn in wages for the first time last season, though pay growth was at its weakest for 20 years when compared with surging club revenues.

Pizza Hut UK ‎finally poised to change hands

The British operations of Pizza Hut will be sold in the next‎ few days to a buyout team led by its chief executive, even as rival casual dining chains face painful restructurings or bankruptcy.

Botox maker’s interest helps Shire shares soar

Shire has attracted further takeover interest as it continues to hold talks with a Japanese rival – helping its shares surge on Thursday.

PPI scandal payouts top £30bn after Arnie warning

Claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) hit their highest level in four years during the second half of last year.

Closures loom at struggling House of Fraser

The struggling department store chain House of Fraser (HoF) has drafted in advisers to examine options for accelerating its restructuring, raising the prospect of further shop closures at a dire time for the British high street.

Retail sales slide as cold weather takes toll

Retail sales fell by 1.2% in March as freezing weather kept shoppers at home, official figures show.

Debenhams half-year profits slump by 85%

Debenhams has reported an 85% slump in half-year profits after sales were battered by the Beast from the East and heavy restructuring costs also took their toll.

Sky posts 14% rise in nine-month earnings

Sky has hailed an “excellent” set of financial results as it grew core earnings by 14% in the financial year-to-date despite the tough consumer environment.

Utilita fights ministers over smart meter‎ plan

The energy retailer Utilita‎ is mounting a legal challenge to a Government decision to effectively axe the first generation of smart meters this year amid warnings that vulnerable customers risk being left in the dark.

Global debt higher than before crisis – IMF

Global debt levels are now higher than before the financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

Interest rate decision has just become interesting

The future of the UK’s economy has just been given a little twist by women’s clothing, booze and deodorants.

Funeral provider Dignity is revived as sales rise

It looks to have been too soon for some of its City critics to have been writing the obituaries for Dignity.

Inflation slides to lowest level for a year

The UK’s cost of living has unexpectedly fallen to its lowest level in a year amid a slower rise in the price of women’s clothing.

No appeal on post-Brexit passport deal decision

A UK security firm that lost out to a foreign company on a £490m Government contract to produce Britain’s post-Brexit passports has said it will no longer appeal the decision.

Shopping centre owner ditches £3.4bn takeover of rival

Shopping centre owner Hammerson has called off its plan to take over rival Intu in a £3.4bn deal, amid concerns about the health of the UK retail sector.

Costa pledges to recycle 500 million cups by 2020

Costa Coffee has pledged to recycle 500 million cups by the end of the decade in an effort to slash the number sent to landfill sites.

Starbucks to close US stores for ‘racial-bias’ training

Starbucks is facing fresh controversy after a black man was allegedly refused entry to a toilet – as the firm revealed it will close thousands of its shops to conduct “racial-bias education”.

Real wages grow but there is still a problem

450 jobs at risk as M&S axes distribution centre

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced the closure of a second major distribution centre, putting 450 more jobs at risk.

Lloyds reveals 49 banks to close with 305 jobs cut

Lloyds Banking Group is taking the axe to its UK branch network again by announcing 49 further closures, with 305 staff losing their jobs.

Wages overtake inflation to end squeeze

Wage growth rose to 2.8% in the three months to February, outstripping inflation for the first time in a year, official figures show.

Primark hails ‘remarkable’ UK performance

The owner of fashion retailer Primark hailed a “remarkable” UK performance as it delivered a half-year profit boost despite tough conditions for the high street.