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.
STANDARD CHARTERED FACES U.S. ACCOUNT BAN
Standard Chartered has been banned from opening new U.S.
dollar bank accounts without the explicit permission of American
regulators, amid a series of extraordinary restrictions, after
officials warned the lender that it could be used as a conduit
for illegal transactions.
MARK CARNEY IN MPS' SIGHTS OVER GEORGE OSBORNE 'PACT'
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is expected to be
questioned by MPs next month over his political neutrality in
the wake of accusations that he has a secret pact with the
chancellor to keep interest rates on hold until after the
INCOME FROM PRIVATE PATIENTS SOARS AT NHS HOSPITAL TRUSTS
Some of Britain's leading hospitals stand accused of
exploiting the coalition's controversial lifting of the cap on
the number of private patients they can treat to increase their
income as part of a "creeping privatisation" of the National
RAIL FARES TO RISE BY AVERAGE OF 3.5 PCT IN JANUARY
Rail fares will rise by an average of 3.5 percent in
January, with some increasing by up to 5.5 percent, adding
hundreds of pounds to the cost of commuters' season tickets.
TESCO-BACKED COFFEE CHAIN HARRIS + HOOLE CLOSES STORES
Harris + Hoole, the coffee shop chain backed by Tesco
, is to close six stores, raising questions about its
MINISTERS FACE NEW ROYAL MAIL SELL-OFF ROW
Ministers considered selling the government's entire stake
in Royal Mail when the shares were trading close to
their post-privatisation peak earlier this year - but decided
against doing so because it risked antagonising investors.
(Compiled by Karen Rebelo)