Taxes: vague benefits create temptations

Hubris combined with weak rules could be key factors

Tesco’s unexpected item in P&L area

Latest setback should give retailer’s new chief licence to go in hard

It was business wot helped win it

Warnings from business leaders boosted No vote

Banks shun nations that need money most

Nomura’s Bennett warns on poor nations access to capital

Why a Yes vote could damage the City

Fears are a Yes vote could be followed with a withdrawal from EU

AstraZeneca faces up to bittersweet moment

$500m tie-up recognises neuroscience costs but has greater chance of success

Phones 4U questions merit answers

Calls for a probe into how suppliers pulled the plug one by one

Burns fright for Scottish banks

Scottish banks ready plans to become English following a Yes vote

Lord Hill must not squander peace offering

Former lobbyist will need toughness and a Machiavellian streak

Scottish pension splits / Whitbread / Wincanton

Legacy schemes would need dividing in the event of a Yes

Why Scottish capital is taking  flight south

Shifting cash a reasonable response to a worst-case scenario

HP failed to break free of English incubus

Court filings reveal company asked advisers if it could back out of deal

Hargreaves’ margin hiatus

Investment supermarket faces pressure from rivals and regulator

Scots poll shows business wields little power in politics

Business leaders may spur the behaviour they warn against, writes Jonathan Guthrie

Lock-up expiries will unlock IPO demand

Bolt cutters won’t be needed for 23 main market businesses, writes Jonathan Guthrie

Cambridge silly price radio

Another one-time UK tech hopeful may be taken over for a stiff price

Oil auction may end badly for Nigeria

Foreign oil groups cannot be blamed for losing their nerves

Currency headwinds form corporate climate

WPP and Regus join the chorus against the strong pound

US’s role as world bank regulator

DFS made inventive use of settlement stipulations to extend its reach

MPC rebels break ranks

Dissident duo are dangerously close to the real economy


Jonathan Guthrie Jonathan Guthrie is the City editor of the FT. He writes and edits Lombard, the column that dissects the big deals and bigger personalities dominating London’s financial centre. A popular read with senior City executives, Lombard blends analysis with humour. A veteran observer of British business, Jonathan has been an FT columnist since 2003, an FT staff member since 1993 and started as a capital markets writer in 1987. He tweets his take on City news just after 7am most weekday mornings.

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Alison Smith

Alison Smith is the FT's Chief Corporate Correspondent and has worked at the FT for more than 20 years. Her posts have included political correspondent, financial services correspondent, Lex writer, UK companies editor and, most recently, leader writer.

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Kate Burgess

Kate Burgess is the FT's Small Talk columnist and Small Companies Correspondent. She has worked at the FT for nearly 20 years in various roles, most recently as investment correspondent. Before the FT she worked as a stock broker.

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