Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Schedule update

Published 06/11/2015

CPP Group sold card protection on behalf of lenders including HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland
CPP Group sold card protection on behalf of lenders including HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland

Good afternoon

The following stories of interest to business and City editors are currently running on the PA main wire:

ECONOMY Deficit: Britain's trade deficit narrowed to an estimated £1.4 billion in September while manufacturing achieved its largest monthly increase since April 2014, official figures show.

POLICE TalkTalk: TalkTalk has announced that the details of 156,959 customers and 15,656 bank account numbers were accessed in last month's cyber attack.

CITY BritishAirways: The boss of low-cost airline Vueling, Alex Cruz, will replace Keith Williams as chairman and chief executive of British Airways, who is set to retire next April.

RATES: Knowing precisely when interest rates will rise is not "what really matters", a senior Bank of England official said as she denied its system of "forward guidance" was failing.

ECONOMY HousePrices: The UK housing market will be divided into a "tale of two countries" as price rises in London slow to less than half the rate of the rest of the country, according to a top estate agency.

INDUSTRY Wage: Football fans will join a protest before this weekend's north London derby game to call on Arsenal Football Club to pay all its staff and contractors the Living Wage.

MONEY GenderPay: Women's pay has increased at twice the rate of men's over the past five years but they still earn on average £9,000 less, new data suggests.

INDUSTRY CBI: Business leaders say they are more concerned about skills shortages, economic growth and whether to invest in staff or equipment than whether the UK should leave the EU.

TRANSPORT Emissions: Nearly a quarter of companies would rather pay a fine than upgrade vehicles to comply with clean air zones, according to the RAC.

INDUSTRY ScotRail: Proposed job cuts at train operator ScotRail will be avoided after successful talks with management, according to a transport union.

CONSUMER Marks: Consumer giant Marks and Spencer has revealed its highly-anticipated Christmas food and fashion campaigns.

CONSUMER JohnLewis: John Lewis has partnered with Age UK for its Christmas ad - fondly regarded as the pinnacle of festive retail - with a reminder to consumers to consider those who will be alone this year. (ADVISORY: First sent under embargo)

And on City Wire:

CITY AstraZeneca: Drug giant AstraZeneca has agreed to buy US firm ZS Pharma in a 2.7 billion dollar (£1.8bn) cash deal.

CITY Forecast: The City expects to see solid trading from Sainsbury's in the under-pressure supermarket sector, while telecoms firm TalkTalk will update investors about last month's hack attack.

Pars or 0207 963 7212

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph