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BUSINESS LIVE: Lloyds profits slump; Heathrow slams 'anti-growth' policies; PZ Cussons to sell St. Tropez

Today

Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are Lloyds Banking Group, PZ Cussons, Reckitt Benckiser, Jet2 and Warpaint.

Royal Mail's £5 fines are a cynical way of making innocents pay for its own failures, says JEFF PRESTRIDGE

Today

Royal Mail is one of this country's most iconic brands, first providing services to the public under the reign of King Charles I in 1635.

Tesla to lay off more than 6,000 staff as Elon Musk's electric dream hits the skids

Today

The job cuts are part of chief exec Elon Musk's (pictured) plans to axe 10% of the workforce worldwide - or 14,000 jobs - to drive down costs.

Share sell-off to end 'sorry tale', says NatWest chairman

Today

Rick Haythornthwaite, who took over in January, told the bank's annual general meeting in Edinburgh: 'A return to private ownership is now in sight.'

Primark leads the charge as Footsie hits another high

Today

On another record-breaking day on the stock market in London, the FTSE 100 rose to a peak of 8076.52 in early trading, its highest ever level.

What it's REALLY like to win the Lottery... by a couple who banked £2.2m

Today

On a Wednesday night in February 2012, in the days when the Lottery results were televised, my husband Colin stayed up to check his numbers.

Don't let the Nasdaq take aim... at the AIM market, says MAGGIE PAGANO

Today

There is only one topic being talked about in the darkest corners of the City - rumours that Nasdaq is sniffing around London's AIM market.

We lost our £300,000 life savings to an investment fraudster who spent it on jet set lifestyle

Today

Gareth and Marilyn Hamblin (pictured) lost £300,000 to fraud kingpin Jonathan Arafiena who spent their life savings on cars and watches.

Britain's most expensive and cheapest places to buy or rent a home revealed

Yesterday

Aberdeen tops the list of the cheapest cities to be a first-time buyer while the most expensive is London. And for tenants, the cheapest city is Carlisle, while the most expensive is also London.

Boomtime for businesses as the UK economic recovery is 'well under way', economists say

Yesterday

A closely watched survey compiled by data provider S&P Global showed private sector activity gathering pace this month with the healthiest expansion since last May.

Why Virgin Money takeover may mean better rates for Nationwide savers - SYLVIA MORRIS explains

Yesterday

Nationwide's takeover of Virgin Money is hitting the headlines as thousands of customers protest that they will not get a vote on whether it should happen.

MARKET REPORT: Weak metal prices drag FTSE miners into the red

Yesterday

Anglo American fell 2.3% to 2111p, Antofagasta dropped 2.1% to 2155p, Rio Tinto lost 1.3% to 5317p and Glencore shed 1.4% to 468.5p.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey cheers green shoots of spring

Yesterday

In an update yesterday, the FTSE 100 firm said it is 'positioned for growth' from next year as the housing market showed green shoots of recovery.

De Beers cuts production by over a fifth as demand for diamonds dwindles

Yesterday

De Beers - famous for coining the phrase 'A Diamond is Forever' in the 1960s - will now aim to produce 26m to 29m carats this year.

Cost cutting hits the right note at Spotify as streaming giant posts its largest quarterly profit

Yesterday

The music streaming giant - which features artists such as Adele and Taylor Swift (pictured) - unveiled profits of £145m in the first three months of this year.

Middle class shoppers flock back to Ocado... but Asda reels as sales slip

Yesterday

Industry research group Kantar said Ocado sales were 12.5% higher in the 12 weeks to April 14 than in the same period a year earlier.

Minister rebuke 'woke' investors for shunning the UK's defence sector

Yesterday

The Treasury and the Investment Association said the defence industry was compatible with sustainable investing amid rising global threats.

Ithaca Energy to join forces with Italian oil major in £750m deal

Yesterday

The FTSE 250 North Sea producer has agreed to buy most of the upstream oil and gas assets owned by Eni UK for around £754m.

BUSINESS CLOSE: FTSE 100 hits new record high; UK borrowing soars; JD Sports buys Hibbett

Yesterday

The FTSE 100 closed up 20.94 at 8044.81 - a new closing high. Among the companies with updates today are JD Spots, ABF, Taylor Wimpey, Watkin Jones, THG and PureGym.

FTSE 100 chalks up a second record closing high in a row

Yesterday

Positive corporate updates and fresh data showing easing grocery price inflation helped the leading UK stock market index to chalk up two record high days in a row.