LONDON, March 9 British newspapers reported the
following business stories on Sunday:
BANK OF ENGLAND TO LAUNCH INQUIRY OVER FOREX FIXING CLAIMS
The Bank of England is to appoint a high profile figure to
run an independent inquiry into its actions in relation to
allegations it allowed manipulation of the foreign exchange
DRUGS FIRMS TO GET FAST MEDICINES DEAL
The British government is preparing a new scheme designed to
accelerate the pace at which innovative medicines are made
widely available, cutting the lag between early research and
widespread use to as little as five years.
POUNDLAND IPO SET TO VALUE COMPANY AT 750 MLN STG
British discount retailer Poundland will float with a 750
million pounds ($1.25 billion) valuation, selling shares at the
top end of a 250-300 pence price range.
The Sunday Times
WM MORRISON TO ENTER SUPERMARKET PRICE WAR
Britain's fourth-biggest grocer Wm Morrison is
poised to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on lowering
prices on core ranges.
NEW YORK HEDGE FUND IN TALKS TO SAVE PAWNBROKER
New York based hedge fund Fortress is in discussions to buy
out debt owed by high street pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond which
would give it effective control of the company.
BLACKROCK BOSS WARNS MARKETS WILL HAMMER PUTIN
The head of the world's biggest fund manager BlackRock
has warned Russia cannot expect to enjoy access to
Western capital unless it toes the line with international law.
WPP TO PAY 22 MLN STG BONUS TO SORRELL
Martin Sorrell, head of the world's largest advertising
company WPP, has scooped a 22 million pounds payout in
the firm's executive bonus scheme.
MOONPIG OWNER AIMS FOR STOCK MARKET LISTING
PhotoBox, which sells personalised cards, mugs and T-shirts
online through its Moonpig.com brand has hired JP Morgan,
Jefferies and Numis to set up a market listing before the summer
that will value the firm at up to 500 million pounds.
HAYWARD AND HANNAM STRIKE $300 MILLION KAZAKH GAS DEAL
Compact GTL, the company bought out of administration by
former BP boss Tony Hayward and City veteran Ian Hannam, has
struck a $300 million deal with Kazakhstan's oil minister to
build a plant capturing flared natural gas and convert it into
OLIGARCHS EYE 4 BLN STG NORTH SEA TAKEOVER
L1 Energy, an investment firm based in Mayfair set up by a
group of billionaires last year, is in pole position in the
4-billion-pound auction of German energy company RWE's
Dea oil arm, with operations in Egypt, Germany and the North
SERCO LOSES BATTLE FOR MOD PROPERTY
Embattled British outsourcing group Serco has lost
to rival Capita on a 400-million-pound Ministry of
Defence contract to overhaul the 21-billion-pound military
CO-OP PLANS BUMPER PAY AND BONUS DEALS FOR BOSSES
The Co-operative Group, reeling from a banking scandal,
plans to pay its chief executive more than 3.5 million pounds
and boost the salaries and bonuses of other senior staff. Co-op
proposes paying Chief Executive Euan Sutherland a base salary of
1.5 million for this year plus a 1.5 million retention payment,
other pension contributions and other extras.