Rebel investors ‘have a point’, admits Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley

Sports Direct's owner Mike Ashley has been re-elected to the board but admitted dissenting shareholders who voted against him "had a point", given the strife his retail empire is facing. [Read entire story]

H/2 close to rescuing bulk of Four Seasons care homes

An American hedge fund is in advanced talks to buy the bulk of Britain’s second-largest care home operator, paving the way for a two-stage rescue deal that would salvage tens of thousands of jobs. [Read entire story]

What foreign direct investment figures (don’t) tell us about Brexit

Is foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK falling or rising? Is there a Brexit effect or not?  [Read entire story]

Row between EU and Switzerland hits tipping point – and what UK can learn

If you want to buy or sell shares in famous Swiss companies such as Nestle, Zurich Insurance, UBS or Novartis from next week, your task is about to become a lot more complicated. [Read entire story]

Metro Bank blunder sparked business cash exodus

Metro Bank has revealed damage to profits, deposits and its capital buffers in the wake of a major accounting error. [Read entire story]

Hornby on menu as Wagamama owner’s new chief

Andy Hornby, the former HBOS chief executive, is to end a decade-long absence from the London stock market by becoming the next boss of The Restaurant Group (TRG), the owner of Wagamama and Garfunkel's. [Read entire story]

Bargain Booze owner on brink of collapse

The owner of Bargain Booze is on the brink of administration, putting 2,600 jobs at risk, after it failed to raise £125m from an emergency cash call. [Read entire story]

‘Beast from the East’ sent retail sales tumbling

Retailers have endured their bleakest month for nearly five years thanks to the combined effect of the "Beast from the East" and the ongoing squeeze on household finances, new figures show. [Read entire story]

Carney warning to EU banks over Brexit

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned that dozens of European banks face costly consequences if the UK and EU fail to achieve hoped-for cooperation over Brexit. [Read entire story]

Rail workers to stage 24-hour strikes in January

Rail workers are set to stage a series of 24-hour strikes in January over long-running disputes over the role of guards. [Read entire story]

LSE crisis deepens as board backs chairman

The boardroom crisis ‎engulfing the owner of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) threatened to deepen this weekend amid concerns that a string of directors will resign if an investor succeeds in ousting its chairman. [Read entire story]

Singles’ Day: Alibaba takes £2bn in minutes

Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba says it took in nearly 20bn yuan (£2.1bn) in sales in a matter of minutes at the opening of its Singles' Day annual discount sale extravaganza. [Read entire story]

Buyers set sail from £435m St Katharine Docks

The world's biggest real estate investor is considering abandoning the sale of one of London's most prominent developments in a move that could spark concerns about ‎the capital's property market. [Read entire story]

Tory election review urges donors to dig deep

Wealthy Tory donors have been urged to hand over an extra £‎6m annually to improve its "battle-readiness" following a review of this year's disastrous General Election campaign. [Read entire story]

DFS settles on £25m Sofology takeover

DFS, the UK's biggest independent furniture retailer, will this week unveil a takeover of fast-growing rival Sofology just weeks after a profit warning sparked fresh fears of a slowdown in consumer spending. [Read entire story]

Allianz pounces on £1bn LV= insurance unit

LV=, the friendly society that is one of Britain’s biggest financial services mutuals, is close to wrapping up a landmark deal with the German insurance giant Allianz. [Read entire story]

SuperAwesome turns to Mayfair for funding

SuperAwesome, a UK start-up which claims a global audience of more than 500 million children, will announce this week that it is raising tens of millions of pounds from the sale of a stake in the company. [Read entire story]

TransferWise eyes £1bn value as float looms

The British payments start-up TransferWise has kicked off talks about a new fundraising that will see its valuation soar past £1bn for the first time. [Read entire story]

BT boss forfeits 2016 bonus over Italy crisis

The chief executive and former finance director of BT Group will miss out on annual bonuses worth more than £3m following the accounting scandal in Italy which helped wipe billions from the company's stock market [Read entire story]

Oil rebounds above $50 on latest US figures

The oil price has bounced back above $50 after fears about over-supply sent it plunging last week. [Read entire story]

New rules may not halt car emission ‘cheating’

The emissions tests used to test Britain's cars are outdated, inadequate and are full of loopholes, according to some of the industry's leading experts. [Read entire story]

FTSE 100 erases 2017 gains in pound rally

The FTSE 100 closed below the level it started the year on Wednesday, bleeding more value as it tracked Tuesday's surge in the pound. [Read entire story]

Pret owner weighs Miller Homes takeover

The owner of Pret a Manger is among a pack of suitors circling Miller Homes, one of the housebuilders which ended up in the ownership of Britain's state-backed banks after the 2008 financial crisis. [Read entire story]

Ex-OFT chief Maxwell in frame to run CMA

The former head of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has made it on to a shortlist to become Britain's next competition supremo. [Read entire story]

City law firm to probe watchdog’s PwC leak

The accountancy watchdog has drafted in a top City law firm to probe the leak of ‎an impending judgement against PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's biggest auditor. [Read entire story]

Deliveroo serves up 1,000 jobs in new venture

Deliveroo is embarking on a new food delivery venture it hopes will create 1,000 jobs. [Read entire story]

Lord Sugar to Trump: Make me US Apprentice host

British Apprentice star Lord Sugar has asked for the US President's help to be the next host of the American version of the show, after Arnold Schwarzenegger quit. [Read entire story]

SSE customer gets £33k bill for one day’s gas

One of the Big Six energy companies has apologised to customers after faulty smart meters told them they would be charged up to £33,000 for one day's power. [Read entire story]

Capita chief on brink as board mulls change

The fate of the boss of one of Britain's biggest outsourcing groups was in the balance on Wednesday night after a string of profit warnings led to its ejection from London's blue-chip share index. [Read entire story]

Boots to axe hundreds of in-store photo labs

Boots is planning to close 220 of its 320 in-store photo labs in the UK, putting 400 jobs at risk. [Read entire story]

Former B&Q boss named as chair of Barclays UK

Barclays has named Sir Ian Cheshire, the former boss of B&Q owner Kingfisher, as chairman-designate of its new ring-fenced UK operations. [Read entire story]

Ashley takes lead in Agent Provocateur race

The battle for control of the struggling Agent Provocateur lingerie brand has taken a fresh twist amid a breakdown in talks between the company's lender and the leading bidder. [Read entire story]

Lion wants bite of 3i’s Agent Provocateur

A former owner of the underwear brand La Senza is among a pack of suitors vying to secure a deal to take over Agent Provocateur, the troubled lingerie retailer. [Read entire story]

Plumber wins legal fight over job status

A plumber has won the latest stage in a legal fight over his employment status in a case which his solicitor says could affect the legal status of others in the so-called gig economy. [Read entire story]