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Buy-to-let mortgage rates are cheap, so lock in to a fix


Five-year buy-to-let mortgage rates available today are among the cheapest ever seen, so why aren't more landlords locking in for longer? Our expert gives landlords the lowdown.

World’s biggest cable TV firm ready to hijack Sky takeover


Comcast, which paid £3bn for Dreamworks film studio, maker of Shrek, is eyeing the FTSE 100 broadcasting company despite it being included in a deal struck by 21st Century Fox and Disney.

MARKET REPORT: Franco Manca's sales boost fails to satisfy


Fulham Shore, which owns the pizza chain alongside The Real Greek, dipped after admitting it was still experiencing a sales slowdown in its London restaurants.

Two top Airbus executives resign in management shake-up


Chief executive Tom Enders and chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier plan to step down from the European plane maker at a turbulent time.

Thames Water U-turns on pledge not to use Cayman Islands


The utilities giant insisted that it had to raise the debt through its Cayman Island subsidiary as it needs more time to close the controversial system.

100-year-old trusts that still make top returns


With Christmas fast-approaching, shoppers are rushing out to buy the latest gizmos and gadgets, but when it comes to investing it could be the oldest products that are the best.



Bioventix is a biotechnology company that develops so-called monoclonal antibodies from sheep for use in diagnosing critical diseases.

Conviviality buys 100 stores from failed wholesaler 


The alcohol wholesaler and distributor has bid for Central Convenience, which includes franchise rights and 127 stores of which 20 are linked to petrol stations and 47 to Post Offices.

ALEX BRUMMER: Rivals reach for the Sky


Over the decades, the Murdoch dynasty invested heavily in building Sky’s technology, buying in the best sports content and building its own entertainment studios.

BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: Jamie Dimon is King of Wall Street


Twice during the financial crisis the US government needed Dimon to rescue struggling banks (Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual), and twice their man delivered.

DAILY BRIEFING: Trinity Mirror closer to Express deal


Publisher Trinity Mirror said that it is making good progress in efforts to buy the Express titles from Northern & Shell but reported that full-year sales were set to slump by 9 per cent.

RAY MASSEY: Electric Jag packs a mean punch


He may have a lightning-fast punch, but world heavy- weight champion Anthony Joshua had some help from Jaguar’s new elect-ric I-Pace when he lit up Christmas for some special children.

Do I qualify as first-time buyer for stamp duty purposes?


I am buying a home with my boyfriend and was delighted when the Budget revealed a stamp duty cut for first-time buyers up to £300k - but I am unsure if I qualify for it.

The Christmas taste and value test: This is Money podcast


It’s time for the annual This is Money Christmas taste test – and our look at how the supermarket business is faring. Listen to that and the important money news of the week in the podcast.

H&M to shut more stores after sales suffer quarterly slide


Fashion retailer H&M will close more stores after suffering its biggest decline in quarterly sales in 10 years

Will my sister who cared for our dad be made homeless?


My sister moved into my parents' home nine years ago to help my mum care for my dad. My mum sadly passed away last December and my dad now needs to go into a residential care home.

Rivals Sky and BT make peace with groundbreaking deal


Broadcasting rivals Sky and BT have struck a major deal that will allow them to sell their channels on each others’ platforms

Most viewed properties for sale in Britain in 2017


The most viewed properties for sale this year range from a five-bed former church in West Yorkshire for £150k to a 10-bed house in London for almost £30million.

Rics says house prices flat for first time in five years


House prices were flat for the first time in nearly five years during the last three months, according to the latest influential monthly Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey.

Trinity Mirror making headway in Daily Express takeover


The Daily Mirror’s publisher has said that it is making ‘good progress’ in its bid to acquire the Express titles from Northern & Shell