Costain reports record £3.2bn order book

Engineering group’s strategy to target large customers pays off

Sportech suffers from strong pound

First-half revenues at betting group fall amid poor US weather

Premier Oil: Balmoral Floating Production Vehicle, North Sea, UK The Company today announced a proposed $505 million acquisition of Oilexco North Sea Limited (in administration) and a $252 million Rights Issue

Premier Oil boosted by UK fields

North Sea output rises 50% lifting explorer’s profits

Currency fall helps Kazakhmys cut costs

Pre-tax loss for first six months halves to $118m

Channel 4 makes first studio investments

UK broadcaster rushes to match rivals in the race for content

Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
©Charlie Bibby

Labour warns energy companies on service

Flint says regulator would be given power to revoke licences

Ladbrokes chief in line to pick up 760,000 shares

Award subject to group’s performance over three years

MPC rebels break ranks

Dissident duo are dangerously close to the real economy

Carillion courtship that ended in tears

An amicable bid for a rival quickly turned toxic

Carillion abandons pursuit of Balfour Beatty

Rejection ends hope of creating £3bn construction powerhouse

Balfour to revalue public-private deals

Analysts predict portfolio could be worth as much as £1.2bn

PM urged to protect defence spending

UK called on to spend more to retain credibility

DFS buys smaller furniture chain Dwell

Purchase targets ‘younger, more urban consumers’

UK economic rebalancing ‘mired in chaos’

Labour shadow minister decries lack of government progress

Fears that StanChart looks accident prone

Investors concerned bank paying price for not taking DFS seriously

The glitches in government IT contracts

Raytheon award just latest in series of big project problems

Whitehall farce on digital display

eBorders debacle exposes UK weakness for big IT projects

StanChart pays $300m for enforcement failures

BHP’s spin-off marks a turning point

Productivity rather than diversification is preferred path

Rail franchise shortlists released

FirstGroup and Stagecoach well placed to succeed

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