Barclays chairman defends bonus rise

Investors are told 10 per cent increase was needed to keep staff

Alstom shares jump on $13bn GE bid report

French group says it has ‘not been informed’ of potential offer

Labour cuts ties with Co-op Bank

Party shifts £1m in loans to rival Unity Trust Bank

AstraZeneca looks at $15bn of spin-offs

Drugs group seeks to shift focus from Pfizer takeover talk

China becomes the iPhone growth story

Popularity of older phones in emerging markets puts shine on Apple

Deutsche under pressure to raise capital

Investors fear bank cannot cope with tougher regime

Spain’s growth fastest for six years

Output grew by 0.4% in first quarter of 2014

Europe grants Cornwall minority status

English county gets same protection as Scots, Welsh and Irish

Mobile growth boosts Facebook shares

Social network quells investor doubts about high-growth tech stocks

FCC shifts stance on net neutrality rules

ISPs could charge for faster traffic under certain conditions

China Resources ‘mistress’ link tracked

Bank deals follow career of chairman’s alleged lover

Comment and Analysis

Investors renew interest in commodities

Asset class once again seen as way for portfolio diversification

Wanted: Multilingual, popular, UK heavyweight for EU job

Memo reveals job spec for top British post in Brussels

A clear signal from a Christian Britain

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

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