UK blackouts raise questions over private sector’s right to profit from power

Energy network companies are under scrutiny after last month’s outage, the worst of its kind in a decadeThere is never a good time for a blackout, but for Britain’s energy companies the timing of last month’s power failure could scarcely have been wors…

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John Lewis should copy JD Sports and hit its landlords hard | Nils Pratley

Urgent action, such as renegotiating rents, is needed at the department store chain to reverse a first-half lossThe definition of a true crisis at John Lewis, one should remember, is a threat to the model of employee ownership. That happened in the lat…

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Aim investors on target to pocket more than £1bn in dividends

Concerns likely to be raised about shareholders getting funds that could be investedDividends paid out to investors by small and medium-sized firms on the junior stock market jumped 24% to a new a record total of £633m in the first six months of 2019.A…

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Political uncertainty puts London listing for Saudi Aramco in doubt

Decision to rule out UK and Hong Kong would be major blow to both financial centresSaudi Arabia’s revived plans for a $2tn mega-listing of its state oil company may rule out the London Stock Exchange amid Britain’s rising political uncertainty, accordi…

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Call for cut in stock market trading hours to aid working parents

Proposal by City lobby groups could make the industry more accessible to womenCity lobby groups are proposing cutting stock market trading hours to help make banking and asset management more accessible to women and working parents.The Investment Assoc…

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