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Fall to $50 a barrel leaves £18bn black hole in SNP tax and spend forecasts prompting critics to suggest Scotland is better off within UK.

Nicola Sturgeon denies oil price plunge harms case for Scottish home rule

Oil and gas industry expresses concern in a letter to Ed Davey about his comments on fossil fuel assets becoming unburnable to stop dangerous climate change

Oil prices have fallen again, sinking below $28 a barrel. The price of Brent crude fell to $27.67 a barrel at one point, its lowest since 2003, while US crude fell as low as $28.36. Many analysts have slashed their 2016 oil price forecasts, with Morgan Stanley analysts saying that "oil in the $20s is possible", if China devalues its currency further. Economists at the Royal Bank of Scotland say that oil could fall to $16

Just how low can oil prices go?

bressay field north sea Shell to sell of part of their North Sea assets for .

9 ways to boost sales with visual merchandising

Inflation fell unexpectedly to its lowest level for more than a year last month, taking pressure off the Governor of the Bank of England as he prepares to deliver his latest prognosis for the economy.

General election 2017: 'Robin Hood #tax' on City pledged by Labour - BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39910293

Labour promises 'Robin Hood' tax on City

Labour also warns bosses they'll have to take a pay cut to win government contracts if Labour wins power.

Co-op Group representatives have voted unanimously in favour of one of the biggest overhauls in the way the 150-year-old British mutual is run.  At a special meeting in Manchester, delegates approved a motion calling for elected board directors and greater powers for individual members.

Co-op approves governance shake-up

Co-op Group representatives have voted unanimously in favour of one of the biggest overhauls in the way the 150-year-old British mutual is run. At a special meeting in Manchester, delegates approved a motion calling for elected board directors and greater powers for individual members.

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UK debt and deficit: All you need to know

Tesco share price rises after Morgan Stanley upgrade - http://www.directorstalk.com/tesco-share-price-rises-morgan-stanley-upgrade/ - #TSCO

Tesco has suffered the biggest loss ever recorded by a UK retailer as a slump in trading at the supermarket chain was compounded by huge write-offs on the value of property, stock and investments.

A bitter price war on the high street has taken its toll on Sainsbury’s with food sales at the supermarket chain falling for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Sainsbury’s sales fall for fifth straight quarter

A bitter price war on the high street has taken its toll on Sainsbury’s with food sales at the supermarket chain falling for the fifth consecutive quarter. However, a decline in the company’s till.

29 Aug: The Co-operative Group has today painted a picture of greater crisis at its stricken bank, saying the business plunged to a £709 million loss in the first six months of the year. Unveiling the worse than expected results, Euan Sutherland, the Co-op’s chief executive, piled pressure on bondholders to sign up to a £1.5 billion restructuring plan that would involve them taking a £500 million hit to help recapitalise the bank, saying there was “no plan B”.

Co op Bank slumps to £709m loss as problems mount

The Co-operative Group has today painted a picture of greater crisis at its stricken bank, saying the business plunged to a million loss in the first six months of the year. Unveiling the.

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut the U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says

Carbon Tax Closer To Reality As “Koch Brothers” Boogeyman Psyop Rolls On

Giant isopods are important scavengers in the deep-sea; they are found from the gloomy zones at a depth of 560 feet to the pitch darkness of the bathypelagic zone at 7,020 feet and beyond, where pressures are high and temperatures are very low -- down to about 39 degrees. They are thought to prefer a muddy or clay substrate and lead solitary lives.

Sea Monster or Giant Crustacean?

) Found Attached To Underwater Robot (Bathynomus giganteus). Scavenger in the deep-sea benthic environment

CONSOL Energy's "walking rig" being used to drill wells at Pittsburgh International Airport

A huge supply of natural gas in the shale of northern Appalachia is igniting a mega-boom in gas pipeline construction in Ohio, the likes of which haven’t .

Telecoms group BT has bought the mobile operator EE for £12.5bn.  The takeover creates a communications giant covering fixed-line phones, broadband, mobile and TV. Existing EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom will sell 100% of their shares.  Deutsche Telecom will hold 12% in the new combined business and have a seat on the board.  Orange will receive a 4% stake, as well as about £3.4bn in cash.

BT to buy mobile firm EE for £12.5bn

UK phone giant BT agrees to buy the British mobile operator EE for but rivals Vodafone and TalkTalk want the competition authorities to intervene.

As for Marks & Spencer, its underlying sales in core general merchandise fell a worse-than-expected 2.1% over three months - because few bought winter clothes in warm October - but nudged up slightly, by 0.5%, in the last two months.  Strikingly - and perhaps embarrassingly for Morrisons and Tesco - M&S's food sales were 1.5% higher on a like-for-like basis over the eight weeks of Christmas, and 1.6% higher over the third quarter of its financial year.

Tesco, Morrisons and M&S: Ouch

The patchy nature of a recovery in spending by households is shown in a fall in underlying sales at Tesco, Morrison and Marks & Spencer.

GB: 2.300 emplois supprimés chez City Link, société de livraison en liquidation

GB: 2.300 emplois supprimés chez City Link, société de livraison en liquidation

Union threatens City Link strike and ‘battle against private equity’

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Scotland warned independence could cost billions in renewable subsidies