The following are the top stories on the business pages of
British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and
does not vouch for their accuracy.
BOE CRACKS DOWN ON MORTGAGES TO HEAD OFF HOUSING BUBBLE
Housebuilders, banks and markets were lifted on Thursday
after the Bank of England decided against taking draconian steps
to cool the housing market.
BARCLAYS SHARES HIT 19-MONTH-LOW ON DARK POOL CLAIMS
Barclays shares slumped to their lowest level for
19 months on Thursday after the bank was accused by U.S.
authorities of defrauding investors.
TESCO HOARDING LAND THAT COULD BUILD 15,000 HOMES
Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain, is
hoarding land and buildings covering an area big enough to build
15,000 homes, a Guardian analysis has revealed.
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK ISSUES PROFIT WARNING
Standard Chartered warned that profits will fall
this year and said the head of its worst-performing business had
gone on a long-term break from the Asia-focused bank.
OIL STRIKE IN GRANITE CHANGES UK PROSPECTS
Hurricane Energy said it successfully drilled the
first exploration well into granite rock beneath the Atlantic
waters close to Britain. It said the gusher at its Lancaster
field in the West of Shetlands proved that oil could be produced
from "fractured basement reservoirs", describing it as a
"game-changer" for the UK.
GLENCORE GETS WITH THE TIMES WITH FIRST FEMALE BOARD MEMBER
Glencore has appointed Patrice Merrin, a Canadian mining
veteran, as a non-executive director, becoming the last FTSE 100
company to appoint a woman on its board.
YAHOO AND CHERNIN VIE FOR YOUTUBE PARTNER
The internet giant Yahoo is vying to win control of
Fullscreen, a media group which creates content for thousands of
YouTube channels, amid a land grab for key digital audiences.
FCA BOSSES DEFER BONUSES AMID INSURANCE PROBE
The chief executive of the City watchdog is to defer his
annual bonus amid an ongoing probe into a briefing it organised
which wiped billions of pounds from the value of UK insurers.
(Complied by Tasim Zahid in Bangalore)