Feb 21 - 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 LIFE TO WARN OF RISKS OF SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE
Standard Life is poised to warn that Scottish
independence poses a significant risk to its business in yet
another blow to Alex Salmond and the SNP.
SAM LAIDLAW FUELS SPECULATION OVER CENTRICA EXIT AND HINTS
BRITISH GAS COULD CUT PRICES
Sam Laidlaw fuelled speculation over his exit from Centrica
on Thursday by refusing to say how long he anticipated
remaining at the energy giant's helm, as he unveiled a 2 percent
fall in annual profits.
LLOYDS CREATES HOLDING COMPANY FOR TSB BANK FLOAT
Lloyds Banking Group is gearing up for the
flotation of its TSB arm later this year by registering a new
holding company in advance of the 1 billion pound share sale.
UK PRODUCTIVITY GAP WITH DEVELOPED NATIONS NOW WIDEST FOR 20
Britain's productivity gap with its main developed country
rivals is at its widest in 20 years, following the flat-lining
of the economy after the deep recession of 2008-09.
LLOYDS BONDHOLDERS SHAKEN BY TALK OF CHEAP BANK BUYBACK
Lloyds Banking Group is facing a run-in with retail
and institutional bond investors after threatening to buy back
billions of its high-interest-bearing debts at less than their
BOOTS TO SELL E-CIGARETTES IN DEAL WITH IMPERIAL TOBACCO
Boots the chemist, founded by Quakers in 1849, has signed an
exclusive deal with a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco
that means the high street chain will be selling electronic
cigarettes from Monday.
RBS PLOTS OVERHAUL OF CORPORATE BANKING ARM
Royal Bank of Scotland will next week launch a
radical restructuring of its corporate banking division as part
of a wider overhaul of the taxpayer-backed lender.
CITY HEAVYWEIGHT'S FURY OVER ESSAR ENERGY BID
A major City investor in Essar Energy, Capital Research
Global Investors, which owns about 3.5 percent of Essar Energy
, is furious at a proposed 70 pence a share bid from a
vehicle controlled by the Ruia family.