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Senior City staff expect 21% bigger bonus

Financial sector confident on payouts despite public concerns

Kingfisher sells 70% stake in China B&Q

Latest in a string of reversals for foreign retailers in mainland

Afren eyed by Nigeria’s Seplat

Shares jump on takeover approach

Europe joins global equities rally

Brent crude holds above $60

Pakistan mourns victims as militants hang

Sharif seeks to show he is getting tough on terror

Christmas Day heading for record sales

Tablets and smartphones to drive holiday sales

Record number of rich Russians head to UK

Investor visas up 69% this year as Moscow economic woes worsen

Whitehall

Private group helps exchequer chase debts

Ministers strike deal with US-owned ‘recovery management’ company

Non-Opec producers blamed for oil slide

Saudi and UAE vow to maintain output targets at 30m barrels a day

House prices falling in a third of UK

Findings suggest tighter mortgage lending rules have cooled boom

Profit warning hits Bang & Olufsen shares

Danish television and hi-fi equipment maker hurt by sagging sales

Comment and Analysis

Winning White House race will cost $1bn

A crowded field is already jostling to replace Obama in 2016

Law partner and mother? Do a split shift

A senior lawyer has found a way to combine career and mothering

On Cuba, no side has got it right

It is strange that the island is still a focal point of US foreign policy, says Cardiff Garcia

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