ECB bank audit covers consultants in cash

Comprehensive assessment to cost around €500m

BoE unanimity on rates crumbles

Two MPC members vote for a rise in first split in more than three years

Self employment climbs to 4.6m Britons

‘Fired on Friday, hired on Monday’ approach drives rise

Stocks struggle as Fed minutes loom

Sterling higher after BoE split on rates

Carillion abandons pursuit of Balfour Beatty

Move follows target’s latest rejection of offer

Hedge funds seek Puerto Rico debt fillip

US territory may have miscalculated GNP for years, economists say

Glencore plans $1bn share buyback

Move steals a march on rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto

Dropbox

Dropbox gears up for acquisition spree

Cloud storage group recruits former Priceline dealmaker

Iran hardliners impeach reformist minister

Rouhani power struggle with Islamic regime intensifies

Norway oil fund sets out expansion plans

New positions created to manage property portfolio

Argentina proposes voluntary debt swap

Plans aimed at evading US court ruling

Comment and Analysis

Australia city-building plan under threat

End of mining boom could turn flagship Pilbara initiative to dust

Weaker pound just what the BoE ordered

Rate expectations look likely to provide some support

Fouad Elkoury’s ‘Color snapshot, Place des Canons (Beirut 1982)’, 2014

Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York

A display of Arab art that keeps clichés at bay

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