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Wall Street has been left wide-eyed amid revelations the co-founder and chief executive of Snap was awarded $638m (£458m) in 2017. The vast sum, experts say, amounts to the third-largest payment ever netted by an executive in a single year - one that saw the company behind the photo and video-sharing app Snapchat float on the US stock market. A regulatory filing showed Evan Spiegel was handed stock-based awards worth $636.6m.
Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) has posted an annual loss of £1.9bn and faced a backlash on gender pay after it admitted women in its investment bank unit are paid, on average, almost half the sum enjoyed by men. Pre (Shanghai: 600048.SS - news) -tax profits when exceptional items were excluded rose 10% to £3.54bn during 2017 despite earnings at its investment bank plunging to £2.1bn, with Barclays blaming the 22% dive on "weak market conditions". It said one-off charges to hit its bottom line included £901m from changes to US corporate tax laws made by US President Donald Trump in December and a previously announced £1.2bn write-down from the sale of Barclays Africa Group .
World stocks tumbled to one-week lows on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve confirmed it was on track to raise interest rates several times this year, sending bond yields to multi-year highs. Wall Street was set for its third straight session in the red, equity futures indicated. While U.S. 10-year yields retreated from the 3 percent big figure, minutes of the Fed's meeting at the end of January have at least temporarily taken the edge off investors' appetite for equities and other assets perceived as risky, such as emerging markets and commodities..
Sterling edged up modestly from a one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, after the Bank of England's chief economist said interest rates might need to rise faster than markets expect to keep inflation in check. In an annual report to parliament, Andy Haldane said the risks to the BoE (Shenzhen: 000725.SZ - news) 's latest projections, for both UK demand and inflation, were to the upside, and that both the global economy and Britain could well do better than the BoE's most recent forecasts. Meanwhile, BoE Governor Mark Carney, appearing alongside Haldane and Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent, said there was no need to give a direct commitment on rates because markets, which have largely priced in an interest rate hike in May, had broadly understood the BoE's message.
The London branch of global law firm Baker Mckenzie said on Wednesday it had appointed an external legal team to review how it had responded to an employee's allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by one of the firm's partners. Baker Mckenzie has issued an apology over the way it handled the complaint by an associate, which it said occurred several years ago.
Britain's National Farmers Union on Wednesday elected its first female president, Minette Batters, as the industry prepares for its biggest upheaval in decades. The country's decision to leave the European ...
Britain's Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance in the front row at a fashion catwalk on Tuesday where she watched a show by emerging designer Richard Quinn. The 91-year-old monarch, dressed in a pale blue suit, sat next to Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue magazine, as models displayed a series of bold and brightly coloured designs at the end of London Fashion Week. The Award has been initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) have taken the unusual step of using parliamentary privilege to publish a regulator's full report on Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS.L - news) 's controversial Global Restructuring Group (GRG). The Treasury Select Committee had demanded the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) publish, or hand over, the unredacted version by Friday last week. The chair of the powerful committee, Nicky Morgan MP, confirmed on Tuesday that it had unanimously agreed to publish the document given "overwhelming" public interest.
With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) little more than a year to go before Britain leaves the European Union, many British manufacturers are stepping up their calls for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government to explain what Brexit will mean for them. At the moment, his firm orders components and receives them the next day.
British manufacturers urgently need clarity on whether the country will clinch a Brexit transition period to smooth its departure from the European Union, the head of a body representing the industry will say on Tuesday. With Prime Minister Theresa May hoping to secure an approximately two-year transition deal from her EU peers next month, Judith Hackett, chair of the EEF group, said many companies were confused about what Brexit would mean for them. "Secretary of state, I cannot stress enough the urgency with which we need clarity on any transition deal," she said in excerpts of a speech she is due to make to attendees of an EEF conference including business minister Greg Clark.
A new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron's movement launched a campaign on Monday to thwart Brexit by convincing lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May can strike. With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) just over 13 months left until Britain is due to leave the EU, opponents of Brexit are exploring ways to stop what they call Britain's biggest mistake since World War Two.
Carillion (Frankfurt: 924047 - news) investors began "fleeing for the hills" up to two years before its recent collapse amid increasing concern about the company, MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) have said. One leading fund that started pulling out last year told a joint select committee investigation into the company that it had considered suing after a major profit warning. MPs were told that Carillion's interim boss was able to give only "limited and vague" responses to key questions.
Oxfam's chief executive said criticism of the charity following a sex abuse scandal had been disproportionate, according to comments published on Saturday (Shenzhen: 002291.SZ - news) . In an interview with British daily the Guardian, Mark Goldring again apologised over allegations of sexual abuse by Oxfam staff in Haiti, which broke last week and have shaken the whole aid sector.
Britain and the EU must not let ideological differences block co-operation over security matters after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May will say in a speech in Munich on Saturday (Shenzhen: 002291.SZ - news) , her office said. Britain says that the issue of security is too important to become entangled in the compromises of Brexit negotiations, and on Friday May said that she was unconditionally committed to European security.
A Brexit deal should strike a balance to ensure Britain clearly diverges from the European Union's single market but keeps close economic ties with the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday. With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) little more than a year to go before Britain leaves the EU, Merkel struck an upbeat tone after the talks, which she described as "a very constructive, friendly meeting". "We regret (Brexit), but we want to lead the negotiations such that we have as constructive and close a partnership with Britain as is possible after the exit, both economically and politically," Merkel told a joint news conference with May.
The pound fell on Friday against a stronger dollar but rose versus the euro, with traders watching for any positive signs from a visit to Berlin by Prime Minister Theresa May. May is visiting German leader Angela Merkel, hoping to make progress on overcoming a near-deadlock on agreeing the terms of Britain's exit from the EU next year. Against the euro, sterling did not move after May's comments and remained up 0.2 percent at 88.53 pence per euro amid broader weakness for the single currency.
London Fashion Week arrives at a challenging time for the industry. In the last couple of months it isn't so much the designer dresses that everyone's been talking about, more the skeletons that the industry appears to have been hiding in its closet. A week after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, model Cameron Russell began posting countless disturbing stories on social media that other models had sent her anonymously.
British Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Berlin on Friday to meet Angela Merkel, with frustration in Berlin and elsewhere growing over Britain's failure so far to spell out what it wants from a future ...
McDonald's is removing cheeseburgers from its Happy Meal menu in the United States to make its food for children more healthy. Bottled water will replace chocolate milk on menus too to encourage children to select healthier drink options. The changes - which have already been implemented in the UK - form part of the global fast-food giant's plans to cut calories, sodium, saturated fat and added sugar from its products.
British steel pension scheme members have been "shamelessly" exploited by "dubious financial advisers", according to a report by MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) , who have warned of "another major mis-selling scandal". In August 2017 Tata Steel (BSE: TATASTEEL.BO - news) , which sponsored the £15bn scheme, struck a deal to restructure it in a move described as offering greater certainty for its 130,000 members. It followed a crisis at Britain's biggest steel producer in 2016, when Tata put its entire UK operations up for sale amid a deteriorating industry environment.
British foreign minister Boris Johnson showed little sign of softening his tough stance on Brexit in a speech on Wednesday that was intended to soothe the concerns among pro-European Union voters about the economic impact leaving the bloc. Johnson is among those pushing for a harder Brexit, which would move Britain away from EU rules, and he said on Wednesday the country should be allowed to take a different approach to regulation in areas such as financial services and medical technology.
Britain's government will tell aid agencies on Wednesday it will withdraw funding if they cannot show they are preventing abuse by staff following allegations of sexual misconduct involving British aid organisation Oxfam. The Times newspaper reported on Friday that some Oxfam staff in Haiti after the country's 2010 earthquake had paid for sex with prostitutes. Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that specific account but has said an internal investigation in 2011 had confirmed sexual misconduct had occurred and has apologised.
British aid organisation Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers had not been taken seriously by the charity's bosses. Helen Evans' statement deepened the scandal around one of the best-known international NGOs, which has aid programmes running across the globe. Separately, the chairman of Oxfam's international umbrella group, Juan Alberto Fuentes, was arrested on Tuesday in his home country Guatemala as part of a corruption investigation unrelated to the charity's work.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost a legal bid on Tuesday to persuade British authorities to drop further action against him for breaching his bail conditions when he walked into the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012. The ruling means Assange remains in a legal and diplomatic impasse, with no way out of the embassy where he has been living for almost six years unless he decides to face the prospect of arrest by British police. Assange, 46, entered Ecuador's embassy in June 2012 after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied.
Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to unite her feuding cabinet and convince a sceptical European Union that Britain knows what it wants from Brexit in a series of speeches over the next few weeks. Britain is hoping to seal a transition deal next month to smooth its exit from the EU, and reach agreement on a long-term trade agreement later this year. May's government will aim to address that in a series of six speeches by the prime minister and other senior ministers in the next few weeks, which her office dubbed "The Road to Brexit".