Lone Star to create £1bn UK hotel group

Signage for the Jurys Inn Islington, owned and operated by Jurys Doyle Hotel Group, is seen on Pentonville Road in central London, Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Photographer: Adrian Brown/Bloomberg News

US firm brings together Jurys Inn, Puma Hotels under Amaris brand

UK finance chiefs ‘shrug off’ EU fears

Business survey shows more appetite for growth and risk-taking

The tellingly aggressive boot on BP’s neck

The length of time taken to reach the settlement is unreasonable and the delay has damaged all sides

Close Brothers turns grants to SME loans

Merchant bank has generated more than £195m worth of loans

Carpetright and Ikea look to high street

Out-of-town retailers adopt new approach for city centre shops

European pharma pays $1.5bn to US doctors

Roche and GSK among Europe’s biggest spenders last year

Osborne to raid BBC coffers

Chancellor says website should rein in ‘imperial ambitions’

London’s luxury homes bubble loses air

First fall since crisis as stamp duty change ‘clobbers’ buyers

Treasury considers pension tax shake-up

Providers alarmed at call to end upfront relief on contributions

Shell set to drill in Arctic this month

Energy group faces fierce opposition from environmentalists

History and the Heathrow expansion

Expansion of the airport has force of history behind it

Surf’s up for cruise ship orders

Good times suggest that industry has turned corner after Costa Concordia tragedy

Optimal expects go-ahead on Skrill dea

Online payments group eyes LSE listing with €1.1bn deal

A metaphor du jour from Boris

George Soros’s birthday party, Ana Botin’s golfing prowess and feared short seller Daniel Yu

Sabadell warned on IT integration of TSB

Banking experts query cost of bringing UK challenger on board

Dixons Carphone confounds merger sceptics

Combined group strikes US deal with Sprint as profit strengthens

BP: settling down

The oil group finally has some certainty. It must use it well

Fosun bets on European property

Chinese group previously bought Club Med and Thomas Cook

Persimmon buoyed by rosy mortgage market

Housebuilder’s first-half revenues up 12%

Whitehall eyes big housing benefit cuts

Key part of Osborne’s attempts to find £12bn in welfare savings

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