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Hammond just misses annual budget deficit target - ONS

The Chancellor all but met his budget deficit target in the last financial year, according to official figures showing an overshoot of £300m.

Carpetright shares floored by profit guidance on weaker sales

Shares in Carpetright slumped 10% on opening after it warned slowing sales growth had knocked its profit expectations.

Costa coffee owner Whitbread sees 'tougher' times ahead

Whitbread, the company behind Costa coffee and Premier Inn, has endured a 7% fall in its share price after warning of a "tougher consumer environment".

Campaigners call for digital cannabis market for the UK

The UK should have a legal, digital-only cannabis market, according to a new report.

Co-op Bank to pick new City advisers as sale prospects diminish

Co-op Bank to pick new City advisers as sale prospects diminish

The beleaguered Co-operative Bank will this week pick new City advisers to negotiate a restructuring deal with its investors as hopes of an outright sale of the company diminish.

Goals and Powerleague confirm five-a-side merger talks

Goals and Powerleague confirm five-a-side merger talks

Five-a-side football business Goals Soccer Centre has confirmed it is in preliminary talks with rival Powerleague over a possible merger that could create a major international leisure player.

Former Santander executive will be new voice of UK banking

Former Santander executive will be new voice of UK banking

Former Barclays and Santander executive Stephen Jones has been named as the new voice of the UK banking sector as the still-embattled industry seeks to rebuild trust.

Johnstone's Paints owner ups bid for Dulux firm Akzo Nobel

Johnstone's Paints owner ups bid for Dulux firm Akzo Nobel

The US firm behind Johnstone's Paints has launched, what it says, is a final bid to bag Dutch rival Akzo Nobel.

Kids Company bosses face directorship ban over 2015 collapse

Kids Company bosses face directorship ban over 2015 collapse

The founder and former trustees of Kids Company face being banned from serving as company directors after the charity collapsed in 2015 amid allegations of serious financial mismanagement.

Energy stocks take hit on threat of bill cap from Conservatives

Energy stocks take hit on threat of bill cap from Conservatives

Big Six energy firms Centrica and SSE each suffered a shares sell-off after the Conservatives signalled energy caps would be in their election manifesto.

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