Big numbers to watch on tech’s big Wednesday

Apple and Facebook to report earnings after market closes

UK factories most optimistic since Heath years

CBI industrial survey most upbeat in 40 years

PLO and Hamas sign pact, as talks stall

Israel says deal sabotages hopes of extending peace negotiations

Lisbon debt sale lifts eurozone spirits

Bond auction paves way for exit from bailout programme

Wanted: Multilingual, popular, UK heavyweight for EU job

Memo reveals job spec for top British post in Brussels

Asset managers snap up coco bank debt

Demand confounds expectations for relatively untested asset class

Fed on course for further $10bn taper

Expected slowdown in asset purchases driven by recovery

Saga gears up for road to IPO

Insurance-to-travel group puts final touches to flotation

AIG offers insurance against cyber injury

‘Internet of things’ raises threat of actual harm from hacking

Can Primark hit the right note in Boston?

Retailer believes it will succeed where so many others have failed

P&G to raise prices in emerging markets

Increases aim to offset effect of weaker currencies and inflation

Comment and Analysis

A clear signal from a Christian Britain

The strength of the country’s religion is less doctrinal than social

Cable plays politics on pay levels

UK business secretary’s letter on top salaries is unjustified

Ukraine gas cut risks damaging Gazprom

Russia’s golden goose risks becoming victim to geopolitics

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