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  1. FT Alphaville

    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...

  2. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2013

    Double Foxtons

    How many estate agents can the capital handle? We wonder because it turns out that Foxton’s plans to double in size, again,...

  1. FT Alphaville

    June 10, 2013

    How to dodge the money laundering police

    Buy UK property, we suspect. When it comes to money laundering, the estate agency sector in the UK is regulated by the...

  2. FT Alphaville

    February 26, 2012

    Weekend news catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, - Hammerson’s £500m office portfolio up for sale - ...

  3. February 16, 2012

    OFT threatens UK banks with forced break-up

    UK banks face the threat of forced break-up unless they take significant steps to improve competition and transparency for...

  4. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2011

    Imperial Tobacco's penalty quashed

    Imperial Tobacco has had a £112m ($174.5m) fine quashed in a significant blow to the Office of Fair Trading following a...

  5. FT Alphaville

    September 8, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Thursday, - Office of Fair Trading to investigate motor insurance market — statement. - Home...

  6. FT Alphaville

    August 15, 2011

    Weekend catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, -       Shell oil leak at North Sea platform: The...

  7. FT Alphaville

    August 2, 2011

    BA risks doubling of OFT fine

    British Airways could see a doubling of the £121.5m fine imposed on it by the Office of Fair Trading for conspiring to fix...

  8. FT Alphaville

    July 25, 2011

    Newsagents press for market inquiry

    Newsagents in the UK are calling on regulators to open a fresh investigation into a newspaper distribution market they...

  9. FT Alphaville

    July 11, 2011

    Can-kicking in the UK - BSkyB edition [updated]

    And you thought kicking the can down the road was something they only did in continental Europe. Wrong. The UK government is...

  10. FT Alphaville

    May 24, 2011

    The UK is concerned about banks that warehouse commodities


  11. FT Alphaville

    May 18, 2011

    UK watchdog eyes ‘Big Four’ auditors

    The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has warned that competition concerns over the UK audit market are serious enough to warrant...

  12. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2011

    News Corp nears BSkyB solution

    News Corp is nearing an agreement with UK regulators to address concerns about its £13.2bn bid for satellite broadcaster...

  13. FT Alphaville

    January 25, 2011

    All we are saying, is give Murdoch a chance

    Amazing. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, has decided to bend over backwards to...

  14. Westminster Blog

    October 14, 2010

    Quango reform will take time

    The document on quango reform reveals further details about the reasoning behind why some bodies are being axed and others...

  15. FT Alphaville

    October 14, 2010

    OFT faces merger in ‘quangos bonfire’

    Britain’s competition regime is to be revamped in a shake-up under which the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition...

  16. FT Tech Hub

    September 16, 2010

    UK's Project Canvas opens up as YouView

    YouView is finally open. The BBC-led internet-TV consortium, formerly known as Project Canvas, is open for business, open...

  17. FT Alphaville

    June 22, 2010

    News Corp's long wait

    Chase Carey, News Corporation’s chief operating officer, reckons regulators could clear a bid for satellite broadcaster...

  18. FT Alphaville

    June 16, 2010

    Vickers to review UK banks

    Sir John Vickers, former head of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading and a consumer champion, has been appointed to lead a...

  19. Money Supply

    June 16, 2010

    Profile: Sir John Vickers

    Sir John Vickers has just been confirmed as head of the Independent Banking Commission Sir John Vickers is warden of All...

  20. FT Alphaville

    June 16, 2010

    Osborne to warn banks

    George Osborne will use the UK chancellor’s annual Mansion House speech to send a tough message to big banks, reports the...

  21. FT Alphaville

    June 11, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Friday’s FT, Philip Stephens: Some home truths on oil for the president BP’s...

  22. FT Alphaville

    June 10, 2010

    Equity underwriting fees and the OFT

    It’s not a full blown investigation (yet) but… The Office of Fair Trading has confirmed on Thursday morning that it plans to...

  23. FT Alphaville

    June 10, 2010

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Thursday, - BP says not aware of any reason for the fall in its share price during US trading...

  24. FT Alphaville

    June 9, 2010

    OFT takes on the investment banks

    This could be interesting: the Office of Fair Trading is set to launch an investigation into the big investment banks. From...

  25. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    Who are Britain's most highly-paid civil servants?

    The government today (Tuesday) releases a list of the 172 civil servants who earn more than £150,000 a year. Some of it is...

  26. FT Alphaville

    April 23, 2010

    Virgin Atlantic accused of price fixing

    Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline moved to defend its reputation amid accusations of conspiring with a rival to...

  27. FT Alphaville

    March 31, 2010

    RBS fined £28m for sharing data

    Royal Bank of Scotland was fined £28.6m on Tuesday for breaking competition law in the first big case brought against a...

  28. FT Alphaville

    March 30, 2010

    RBS receives record fine for loan pricing collusion

    Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £28.59m by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading after admitting breaches of competition...

  29. FT Alphaville

    March 19, 2010

    OFT IB fees probe set to alarm City

    Investment banks are facing an imminent inquiry into the fees they charge clients, the chairman of the Office of Fair...

  30. FT Alphaville

    February 26, 2010

    Lebedev, IN&M near deal

    Alexander Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard newspaper, and Independent News & Media have approached the UK’s...

  31. FT Alphaville

    February 23, 2010

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - AstraZeneca settles transfer pricing dispute with HMRC, to pay £505m – statement -...

  32. FT Alphaville

    February 3, 2010

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - Autonomy full-year adjusted EPS rises 42 per cent – statement. - Evolution Group...

  33. FT Alphaville

    November 24, 2009

    Call off the search, Sports Direct edition

    It’s over. After a two and half year search, the UK’s biggest sports retailer has finally found someone brave enough to take...

  34. FT Alphaville

    September 15, 2009

    A radically changed media landscape?

    ITV says it welcomes Tuesday’s provisional report from the Competition Commission and its recognition of the case for the...

  35. FT Alphaville

    September 11, 2009

    Lunch Wrap

    On FT Alphaville Friday morning, - The unloved dollar and other currencies. - Leverage ratios are the new VaR? - The new...

  36. FT Alphaville

    September 11, 2009

    UK's JJB, Sports Direct, raided in probe

    The offices of JJB and Sports Direct were raided on Thursday as part of an investigation over possible price fixing and...

  37. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2009

    Welcome to the world of sporting retail...

    … in the UK. If maverick businessman Mike Ashley – he’s the one the right – needed something to take his mind off the...

  38. FT Alphaville

    September 7, 2009

    Kradbury: More hot chocolate

    Cadbury shares burst through the 800p level this morning, with much chatter in the market over whether Nestle could launch a...

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