Big banks eye peer-to-peer lending push

Goldman and SocGen join race to stake claim in disruptive technology

UK house price growth slows in January

Nationwide data show deceleration for fifth month in row to 6.8%

China tallies Communist party suicides

Official survey into ‘unnatural deaths’ among members

Obama on budget collision course

President to propose up to $70bn in discretionary spending

Deutsche Bank returns with €441m profit

Boost from lower provisions for legal costs and credit losses

Diageo’s first-half profits sink 23%

Distiller shows optimism for second half of year

Headteachers hit at school league tables

Private providers in UK say comparisons are meaningless

Carlsberg to close two Russian breweries

Regulatory clampdown and plunging rouble hit drinks company

New Air Force One may be last jumbo jet

Contract for presidential fleet could see end of 747 production

Different ball game for new McDonald’s chief

Easterbrook must turn round a company for which playing field has changed

Carney urges common eurozone policies

BoE governor criticises progress on joint taxation and spending

Comment and Analysis

Five takeaways from Fed meeting

Stage set for intense discussions over timing of rate rise

If Apple were a country…

The accuracy of comparing Apple’s profits with a country’s GDP

Commodities, Geneva and the Swiss franc

Bunge moves its sugar unit to Switzerland at a time of rising costs

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