Labour unlikely to win FTSE 100 votes

Business manifesto launch felt like party was getting a chore out of the way

Fury over AIIB membership signifies little

Chancellor right to foster Anglo-Chinese relations

Top Gear

It’s time for the BBC to switch up a gear

Clarkson fiasco drives need for new figures on the board


Rampant dollar sparks Clarksonesque uncertainty

Effects of a rampageous dollar are complicated, and even damaging for UK businesses

RBS unit offers lesson in US Citizenship

Split with Citizens Financial shows how far sentiment has shifted since crisis

Front running has run out of time

Prison term for Julian Rifat a useful victory for FCA

Company cash piles escape Osborne’s gaze

At the start of March, FTSE 350 non-financials held £139.5bn cash

Fridman wise to flunk fight with Davey

Russian businessmen cannot dissociate themselves from Moscow’s military adventurism

Elliott catapults numbers at Alliance

Activist recruits City veterans for a follow-up attack

A customer passes a sale sign as she enters a BHS store, operated by Arcadia Group, Derby, UK

Sir Philip Green and the £1 BHS sale

Retail entrepreneur waves farewell to high street chain

Deal might spur real Domino effect

Brother pays premium to discourage bidding war

Pru’s Wells fields a perilous pass

Challenges remain for internal candidate set to take over as chief

Disclosing pay ratios is the way forward

If the board believes the boss is worth the money, it should be prepared to publish

Miliband’s potential post-poll RBS poser

Polls suggest the task of selling off the bank could fall to Labour

StanChart / ECB / Afren

Yogi Sandsneesh’s valedictory results bear closer scrutiny

Jenkins’s L’Oréal moment

Board is paying out in advance for chief’s clean-up efforts

Mirror is tied to a big pension scheme

Obligations to retired hacks will stretch way into this century

What can StanChart expect from Bill?

A pundit introduces the well-networked former JPMorgan banker

Morrison’s new bruise brother

Combo aims to hit the right notes for troubled supermarket

Aviva traders in ‘cherry picking’ scam

Parts manufacturer’s expansion plans aim to harness the benefits of being vital but dull


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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