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Société Générale and Santander sign up for plan to smooth cross-border transfers

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Rival supermarket Carrefour surprised at being linked to tie-up ‘that does not exist’

Merger-hungry groups riding stock market highs shrug off concerns over trade war

Loosening of rules for US lenders brings calls for parity  

Analysis Banks

Whistleblower’s report raises questions over anonymous UK companies such as LLPs

Number of voters planning to cast a blank vote is highest in 16 years

Authorities appear to have run out of patience with uncoordinated approaches

Washington’s threat of car industry tariffs rings alarm bells in Tokyo

John Thornton and Mark Bristow to run $18bn Barrick Gold and Randgold combination

Meeting comes amid reports that job of overseer of Russia investigation could be at risk

Second deal underDonald Trump shows Washington’s support for Taipei in China stand-off

US News

Company to promote ‘wellness’ in response to changing consumer attitudes to dieting

Executives sidestep presidential complaints as they unveil new features

Business Roundtable group finds CEO confidence receding from historic high

Central bank is set to raise rates for a third time this year on Wednesday

Opinion

Highlights

Trade representative Robert Lighthizer targets those profiting from shift of manufacturing offshore

Led by China, countries from Turkey to India are looking for opportunities

Mid-range manufacturing push improves the Chinese position as trade war intensifies

Markets News

Oil prices edge up in Asia, with Hong Kong and South Korea markets closed

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Authorities appear to have run out of patience with uncoordinated approaches

Rival supermarket Carrefour surprised at being linked to tie-up ‘that does not exist’

Technology

Intelligence agencies look to invest in private sector with £85m venture capital fund

China and India lead as top markets for renewable power; California to make solar panels mandatory on new homes by 2020; the challenges in self-generation of electricity; new building methods to cut energy costs; and CCS technology to mitigate emissions

Special Report Rethinking Energy

Environmentally conscious consumers have regulators to thank for reduced energy use

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