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  1. September 16, 2014

    Punters take a gamble on Scotland sticking within the union

    The opinion polls may be close but as far as the betting markets are concerned, the result of the Scottish referendum is...

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    September 11, 2014

    And the market says No

    Momentum can be a funny thing, but for the bettors at Betfair, it has moved firmly into the “No” camp. The upward diagonal...

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  1. September 4, 2014

    Betfair boosted by strong World Cup showing

    Betfair is eyeing market share gains from the impact of the UK’s new betting licensing regime, as the online operator...

  2. August 24, 2014

    Gambling software RebelBetting enables punters to beat the bookmakers

    For someone who makes a lot of money betting, it is odd that Simon Renström doesn’t see himself as a gambler. “I was never...

  3. August 3, 2014

    Betfair admits to £80m payouts mistake

    Betfair returned £80m to investors in violation of accounting rules, the gambling company has admitted. The embarrassing...

  4. June 11, 2014

    Bookmakers join World Cup advertising scramble

    The World Cup has unleashed an advertising scramble, with everyone from sportswear manufacturers to headphone makers trying...

  5. June 11, 2014

    Betfair aims to capitalise on new gambling tax

    Betfair will use its £210m cash pile to try to capitalise on the fallout from a new taxation regime set to shake up the...

  6. May 15, 2014

    Why bond traders should watch World Cup

    The football World Cup will provide a welcome distraction for financial markets if trading is listless when it kicks off in...

  7. March 17, 2014

    UK betting groups place high stakes on TV advertising

    Gambling companies are engaged in an all-out television advertising war to win customers ahead of the start of a new...

  8. December 3, 2013

    Clarke must move Tesco a Lidl out of its comfort zone

    There is no way round it: if a food retailer continues to lose underlying sales while its costs are rising, its operating...

  9. December 3, 2013

    Betfair earnings up as it maintains focus on regulated markets

    Betfair continued its push into regulated gambling markets as it posted record earnings and raised its interim dividend by...

  10. November 24, 2013

    New Jersey to join online betting world

    The residents of New Jersey are promised a deluge of TV, newspaper, digital and billboard advertising as the Garden State...

  11. October 4, 2013

    More for less

    In the past two years alternative business structures (ABSs), enabling non-lawyer ownership and management of law firms,...

  12. September 16, 2013

    The Hut prepares for IPO in early 2014

    The Hut Group, the online retailer backed by Sir Terry Leahy, is preparing an initial public offering early next year, in...

  13. September 15, 2013

    Reinvention takes lead at law practices

    Law firms across the northeast and Yorkshire are having to adapt to a shrinking market and increased competition. As fee...

  14. July 11, 2013

    UK directors’ deals: Numis, Betfair, Imagination Technologies and Euromoney

    Stockbroker Numis returned to the black in recent months, posting a 40 per cent increase in revenues and profits of £9m for...

  15. July 8, 2013

    SoftBank sheds last tranche of Betfair holding

    Japan’s SoftBank has cashed in its investment in Betfair, an online betting group, selling the remaining tranche of a stake...

  16. July 8, 2013

    RBS gains as economic optimism aids banks

    Royal Bank of Scotland led the way yesterday as economic optimism put the banks among the FTSE 100 risers. Upbeat business...

  17. June 27, 2013

    Betfair sees push into simpler products paying off

    Betfair has extended trials on varying the commission it charges betting exchange customers, as it looks to make up revenues...

  18. June 23, 2013

    The Week Ahead: June 24 to June 30

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  19. June 10, 2013

    ITV nears record high on investor payout hopes

    Cash return hopes helped lift ITV near a record high in a flat London market on Monday. Over the next three years ITV could...

  20. May 14, 2013

    Betfair’s chief put an end to CVC talks

    Betfair’s board indicated it would accept an offer of at least 970p a share from CVC before the takeover talks broke on...

  21. May 14, 2013

    Severn Trent shows irresistible tide towards overseas control

    A bid approach for utility Severn Trent has been flushed out by a leak. Anyone with a taste for puns is laughing like a...

  22. May 14, 2013

    Utilities lifted by Severn Trent bid interest

    Severn Trent’s shares are already up more than 18 per cent after the water utility, long linked with potential bid interest,...

  23. May 13, 2013

    CVC-Betfair takeover talks break down

    Talks over a CVC-led takeover of Betfair broke down despite the private equity group twice raising its offer for the betting...

  24. May 13, 2013

    Bad weather stops full house at Rank’s Mecca bingo halls

    Bad weather kept some players from Mecca bingo halls as snow knocked footfall at Rank Group, the owner of the UK’s most...

  25. May 7, 2013

    Online gambler Betfair to beat analysts’ profits expectations

    Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran has pointed to an upturn in the betting group’s fortunes that he hopes will see off a...

  26. May 5, 2013

    The Week Ahead: May 6 – May 12

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  27. April 22, 2013

    Lombard: PwC’s grounds to feel anxious

    You can see why PwC might feel nervous about Bumi, the Indonesian coal miner and FTSE 250 constituent. The accountant signed...

  28. April 22, 2013

    CVC to maintain pursuit of Betfair

    CVC Capital Partners intends to keep pursuing talks with shareholders of Betfair after the online gambling group rejected...

  29. April 15, 2013

    Miners hit four-year low as gold falls

    A rout of the precious metals sector yesterday led London-listed miners to a four-year low. Fresnillo , Polymetal and...

  30. April 15, 2013

    Betfair sticks to plan despite CVC bid

    Betfair said it wanted to stick to its turnround plan in the face of a potential bid by CVC Capital Partners to take the...

  31. April 15, 2013

    Lombard: Executive exits and avoiding ENRC

    Never a dull moment at Eurasian Natural Resources, which last week parted company with chief commercial officer Jim...

  32. April 15, 2013

    Precious metals miners lead FTSE sell off

    Precious metals producers listed in London joined in the rout seen across global bullion markets on Monday, as gold fell...

  33. April 14, 2013

    CVC considering takeover move for Betfair

    CVC Capital Partners, private-equity owner of the car-racing marketing company Formula One, is considering a takeover...

  34. March 15, 2013

    Shell retreats on exploration cost worries

    Royal Dutch Shell had its biggest fall in more than a month on Friday on worries its exploration spending could hit cash...

  35. March 3, 2013

    Ceasefire in City lifts IPO outlook

    A year ago the City of London was at war. Company flotations were going badly wrong, and the big fund managers, financial...

  36. February 26, 2013

    Esure warned against IPO overpricing

    Top fund managers have warned Esure against overpricing its initial public offering as the motor and home insurer prepares...

  37. January 29, 2013

    William Hill boosted by online gambling

    Surging demand for online gambling has boosted profits by a fifth at William Hill, as the gambling company warned that...

  38. January 24, 2013

    EU chips away at Greek gambling monopoly

    Online gambling companies have received a fillip after a European court partially struck down Greece’s gambling monopoly in...

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