In the 13th instalment of his marathon end-of-year press-conference, President Vladimir Putin displayed all the swagger of a man at ease. He straddled the same roles as in previous shows – world leader, national defender and benevolent agony aunt. But something of...
Britain kept the top spot in global financial services exports last year but Brexit threatens to raise barriers to its biggest market in Europe, TheCityUK said on Friday. The body, which promotes Britain as a financial centre, said banks, insurers, asset managers,...
White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump’s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President’s daily brief (PDB,) around...
A massive vote of confidence in Britain’s economy? That’s how Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson described BAE Systems’ £5bn deal to flog 24 Typhoon fighter jets to Qatar. There is, of course, another way to look at the transaction.  It’s also a massive vote of...
The media landscape is about to change forever. Walt Disney has agreed to the purchase of large swathes of assets from 21st Century Fox for an eye-watering $52.4bn (£39bn), including film and television studios. The deal includes namely: film production businesses Twentieth...
After a bouncing up and down like grasshoppers with ants in their pants, shares in internet grocer Ocado have traded in a range for more than a year because, despite the impressive sales growth it keeps turning in, half the City still thinks...
It is interest-rate week. The Federal Reserve will almost certainly increase US rates again, the last rise with Janet Yellen as the Fed chair. So as usual we should look not just to the increase and the market reaction to it,...
The Human League vocalist, Joanne Catherall, has been kicked out of the Qantas business lounge in Melbourne for wearing the wrong kind of boots.  The 55-year-old singer is on tour with the band in Australia, and was en route to Friday’s gig...
Having spent eight months merely to get to the starting line for talks with the European Union on the vital issue of post-Brexit trade arrangements, British ministers are not, perhaps, in a good position to speculate on the lack of productivity...
Policymakers at the Bank of England believe the risk of a “no-deal” Brexit has been reduced by Theresa May’s Brussels agreement last week – and that this breakthrough may boost UK economic confidence in the coming months. The view was relayed in the...