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RBS acquisition of ABN being reviewed by FSA

It has appeared that Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) acquisition of ABN Amro and its £12bn rights issue is being investigated by the Financial Services Authority. The mention of the inquiry was typed in a footnote in RBS's interim results.

The note by RBS read: "In April 2009 the FSA notified the group that it was commencing a supervisory review of the acquisition of ABN AMRO in 2007 and the 2008 capital raisings. The group and its subsidiaries are co-operating fully with this review."

Arrival of tourists increases business for Shaftesbury

It was today forwarded by Landlord Shaftesbury that the business for its tenants across the West End has increased due to a boost in overseas and domestic tourists to the capital.

The firm specified that with the arrival of visitors, healthy demand was maintained for its shops and restaurants in Covent Garden, Chinatown and Carnaby Street, since tenants continued to rake in profits despite the recession.

Housing market records largest fall this year

British housing market has recorded a 2.2% drop in average asking prices in the past one month as compared with the previous month’s figures.

Data compiled by Rightmove, a property website, revealed that the average asking price for a home in England and Wales was £222,762, about £5,102 as compared with the last month.

However, the market is still optimistic regarding approaching time. It should be noted here that summer is usually a sleeping time for the housing market.

Tesco to offer double points on Clubcards

UK retailer Tesco PLC has plans to make its sales better by re-launching its Clubcard, its loyalty scheme next week and offering card- holders double points on all spending at its store.

Tesco's new as well as existing Clubcard holders will get two points for every £1 they spend at any Tesco store or online, starting from Monday.

The points will finally be converted into vouchers which can be spent at cinemas, restaurants and attractions which have agreements Tesco.

Allied Carpets closes 142 stores, hacks 850 jobs

Retailer Allied Carpets has slashed as many as 850 jobs and locked 142 stores, citing weak demand for its products.

However, BDO Stoy Hayward's business restructuring partner, Dermot Power said, "Although the stores are closed, we are still in negotiations with a number of interested parties."

BDO Stoy Hayward, the administrator said that it had 55 stores to Clive Hutchings, former CEO of Allied Carpets. The company is further looking to offload twenty outlets, which remained operational.

UK offers £340m loan to Airbus; US objects

Business secretary, Lord Mandelson's promise to provide European plane-manufacturer, Airbus with a loan worth £340 million to develop its new wide body A350 XWB plane, has raised the hackles of America.

However, the promised amount is just the half of what the Airbus had asked for. Airbus' sites in England specialize in wing-manufacturing.

Lord Mandelson said the financial assistance would safeguard as many as 1,200 jobs at Airbus' plants in Filton and Broughton. It will also protect additional 5,000 at Airbus suppliers.

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