El-Erian joins peer-to-peer lender Payoff

Former Pimco chief executive leads $12m equity finance round

MPC votes 7-2 to keep UK rates on hold

Most members far from convinced of need for early increase

BGC in hostile $675m bid for rival GFI

Interdealer broker acts after ‘delays’ in striking negotiated deal

SuperGroup founder Dunkerton steps down

Former Co-op Group chief Euan Sutherland takes helm

Picture by Guzelian Homebase in Bradford, West Yorkshire Home Retail Group says that store closures at Homebase will be accelerated, with the number of outlets cut by 25% by 2019.

Homebase cutting stores in digital shift

Quarter of branches to be closed as group reports profits fall

Citi architect criticises its retreat

Reed paints Corbat’s pullback from 11 markets as shortsighted

Naftali Bennett, economy minister and head of the far-right Jewish Home party during an interview with FT in his office in Jerusalem, October 21, 2014. Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum

Israeli MP calls for new Palestine models

Naftali Bennett says Palestinian state next to Israel inapplicable

A photo taken on September 30, 2014 shows barbed wire set near an underground gas storage in the village of Opari, some 70 kms south-west from Lviv
©Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP

Russia slaps conditions on Ukraine gas

Fears energy stand-off could hit winter supplies to Europe

Rwanda unveils Ebola screening – for Americans

Twice-daily health checks on arrivals from Spain and the US, both of which have registered ebola cases

New heir apparent named for GDF Suez

Latest management change in the French energy sector

Peugeot turnround boosted by China sales

Latin American operations are still struggling

Comment and Analysis

Ben Bradlee, Washington Post, 1921-2014

Journalist who oversaw Watergate coverage has died aged 93

Debate rages on QE inequality allegations

Officials uneasy over claim that policy directed money to rich

Tajikistan eyes China as Russia dries up

Planned $6bn investment latest sign of Beijing’s expansion into central Asia

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