Telecom Italia, Telefónica battle for GVT

Vivendi receives two new offers for Brazilian unit

US probes wave of cyber attacks on banks

FBI explores whether hacking is revenge for sanctions on Russia

‘Internet of things’ chipmaker eyes sale

UK’s CSR assessing takeover offers from rival semiconductor makers

Privately educated dominate UK’s top jobs

Britain ‘deeply elitist’ says government appointed commission

Hays reports 12% growth in pre-tax profit

UK-listed recruiter sees strong growth in UK and Ireland

Lombard Odier posts $68m profit in first results

Swiss wealth manager follows Pictet in revealing earnings

Germany looks at migrant child benefit cap

Public concern pushes governments towards restrictions

Malaysia Airlines cleared for big revamp

Government approves plan to cut jobs and reduce long-haul routes

Lending Club seeks over $500m in IPO

Peer-to-peer lender likely to be valued at about $5bn

Russians cool on luxury London homes

Proportion of high-end property bought by foreigners drops 20%

New cancer drugs are tested in a laboratory

NHS to shake up appraisal of cancer drugs

Changes put pressure on pharma companies to cut prices

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