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  1. April 1, 2014

    Insurers offer cash to patients using NHS

    Private medical insurers are offering customers cash handouts of up to £2,000 to encourage them to use the NHS for...

  2. March 31, 2014

    New competition watchdog to probe ecommerce market

    The UK’s new competition watchdog has pledged to scrutinise the ecommerce market, looking at areas where entrants may have...

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  1. March 27, 2014

    Energy industry probe to test competition regulator’s powers

    The investigation of the UK energy market will be the first big test of the powers of the Competition & Markets Authority,...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Eurotunnel angered by UK regulator’s ruling on ferries

    Eurotunnel has reacted angrily to a ruling by Britain’s Competition Commission that could force it to withdraw its...

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    March 12, 2014

    Revisiting the estate agents, a tax on all your houses

    The Office of Fair Trading is still considering the results of its consultation on the UK lettings market, and the results...

  4. March 6, 2014

    Cinven nears disposal of Spire Healthcare

    The private equity owner of Spire Healthcare has firmed up plans to sell the UK private hospital group. Cinven, the...

  5. January 27, 2014

    Warning over regulator’s hospital sale ruling

    Private hospitals have warned David Cameron that foreign investors could be deterred from coming to Britain in the wake of a...

  6. January 16, 2014

    Regulator urges sale of nine UK private hospitals

    The Competition Commission has called for nine luxury hospitals to be sold after finding that the cost of private healthcare...

  7. January 14, 2014

    Lafarge Tarmac flotation faces delay after UK watchdog ruling

    A potential £2bn flotation by Britain’s largest cement maker could be delayed after the Competition Commission confirmed...

  8. December 26, 2013

    UK banks required to share data on small businesses

    Banks will have to share information about the creditworthiness of the small businesses they lend to, under proposals aiming...

  9. December 17, 2013

    Cheaper car insurance is a long way down the road

    The Competition Commission has crashed into the business model of the companies that sort out replacement cars and repairs...

  10. December 17, 2013

    Car hire groups warn of ‘dangerous’ regulatory crackdown

    Companies that provide replacement vehicles to motor accident victims and fix their damaged cars have warned their existence...

  11. December 12, 2013

    Cynicism is the best defence against banks’ mis-selling

    “The management has hard-working and persuasive salesmen out, digging into new territory all over. They call on people and...

  12. December 11, 2013

    Lord Mayor to spend her time restoring City values

    The role of Lord Mayor of London has come a long way since the era of four-time incumbent Richard Whittington, immortalised...

  13. December 4, 2013

    Eurotunnel sees partial victory in ferry dispute

    Eurotunnel claimed a partial victory on Wednesday in its legal battle to overturn a decision by the UK competition watchdog...

  14. November 11, 2013

    Cement makers threaten challenge against UK watchdog

    Two of the world’s biggest cement companies have threatened Britain’s Competition Commission with a legal challenge after...

  15. November 8, 2013

    Ofwat rules against Thames Water’s 8% bill increase

    Plans by Thames Water to raise customer bills by an extra 8 per cent next April have been rebuffed by industry regulator...

  16. October 29, 2013

    MPs turn up the heat on energy company chiefs

    The head of one of Britain’s biggest energy companies said the UK’s energy sector should be investigated by the competition...

  17. October 25, 2013

    Burning up cash: are UK energy suppliers ripping us off?

    Forget wicked stepmothers, ugly sisters, and even bank bosses. The heads of Britain’s energy companies are rapidly becoming...

  18. October 24, 2013

    Only a proper inquiry will deliver a competitive UK energy market

    Recent interventions by politicians on energy prices have made a bad situation worse. Ed Miliband’s proposal to cap prices...

  19. October 17, 2013

    Warm summer pushes Britvic sales higher

    Britvic, the UK maker of Fruit Shoot drinks and Robinsons squash, said on Thursday that full-year operating profits were...

  20. October 16, 2013

    Prospect of more UK hospital mergers

    More hospital mergers are in prospect after an announcement on Thursday that will reduce the chance of lengthy referrals to...

  21. October 15, 2013

    Competition Commission dilutes audit reforms

    The UK’s biggest companies will have to review their auditors only once every decade, under diluted reforms proposed by the...

  22. October 15, 2013

    Auditors: less change, less progress

    When the wheels of progress grind backwards, the sound is always dismal. The probe into audit market services by the UK’s...

  23. October 14, 2013

    Audit report promises welcome reforms for bank investors

    Auditing is not normally a topic to get the blood racing. However, Tuesday will see the UK’s Competition Commission publish...

  24. October 8, 2013

    Competition Commission orders Cineworld to sell three UK cinemas

    Cineworld will sell three UK cinemas in response to a ruling by regulators that there is “considerable overlap” between...

  25. October 8, 2013

    UK cement market faces shake-up

    The world’s largest cement makers are preparing for a painful restructuring in the UK after the country’s monopoly regulator...

  26. October 1, 2013

    Watchdog unifying OFT with Competition Commission launched

    The culmination of the UK’s biggest overhaul of competition regulation for decades took place on Tuesday as the Competition...

  27. September 27, 2013

    Eurotunnel chief warns over cross-Channel ferry job losses

    The boss of Eurotunnel has warned that the 600 staff who operate the company’s three cross-Channel ferries will lose their...

  28. September 24, 2013

    UK watchdog targets mobility scooter maker and retailers

    Pride Mobility Products, a manufacturer of mobility scooters, and eight online retailers of their products have been accused...

  29. September 20, 2013

    Auditors: doesn’t add up

    Got a problem? Form a committee. Still not happy? Form a second committee to oversee the first. That sounds like a parody,...

  30. September 2, 2013

    O2 operator AEG Facilities adds Wembley Arena to venues

    AEG Facilities, the operator of the O2 Arena in London, has added Wembley Arena to the roster of venues it runs as the...

  31. August 28, 2013

    NHS woes fail to give private healthcare a lift

    For private health insurers, the situation should present a good business opportunity. The public has been bombarded with...

  32. August 28, 2013

    UK watchdog attacks high private hospital costs

    Healthcare companies face being forced to sell hospitals and end schemes that encourage doctors to favour particular...

  33. August 20, 2013

    Cineworld ordered to sell theatres under competition rules

    Art-house cinemas have more in common with multiplexes than film purists might like to admit, according to UK regulators who...

  34. August 7, 2013

    OFT probes three quick house sale companies

    Three companies that specialise in selling homes quickly, often at fire sale prices, are being investigated by the Office of...

  35. July 23, 2013

    Ryanair offers to sell Aer Lingus stake to shake off regulators

    Ryanair has agreed to sell its minority stake in Aer Lingus to any EU airline interested in acquiring the company in a...

  36. July 22, 2013

    Audit remedies fail to please Big Four’s critics

    The Competition Commission’s investigation into the dysfunctional UK audit market has generated a mountainous mass of...

  37. July 22, 2013

    GSK’s mea kinda culpa is a first step to redemption

    GlaxoSmithKline is wise to admit that staff may have broken Chinese bribery laws. When big companies stonewall during a...

  38. July 22, 2013

    Regulator drops threat to force audit rotation

    The four biggest auditors notched up another victory on Monday after the UK’s Competition Commission shied away from forcing...

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