Thursday, 27th November 2014

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Legal & General wins £2.5bn bulk annuity contract with TRW pension scheme

Thu 27th Nov 14, 07:27:39

Insurance and investment services group Legal & General has won a £2.5bn bulk annuity contract with the UK pension scheme of US car-parts group TRW Automotive.

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Thursday newspaper round-up: Scotland, GSK, BG, Stagecoach

Scottish MPs will be entitled to vote on UK budgets even though control over income tax will soon be transferred over to the Edinburgh parliament, Labour has revealed shortly before the publication of a cross-party devolution deal on Thursday, the Financial Times found. 6 hours ago

Chinese industrial profits drop by 2.1%, worst decline in two years

Industrial profits in China slumped in October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, as weak demand, rising costs of labour and falling product prices took their toll on companies' bottom lines. 1 hour ago

GSK-Novartis deal wins US trade regulator approval

Glaxosmithkline is on track to complete its complex three-way £11bn deal with Swiss pharmaceutical peer Novartis next year after US regulators approved the first two parts of the transaction. 44 minutes ago

Business acquistions boost RPC H1 revenue

Rigid plastic packaging supplier RPC Group said its revenue grew in the first half of 2014, courtesy of business acquisitions and satisfying progress in its existing programmes. 49 minutes ago

US close: Markets rise ahead of OPEC decision, despite negative data

US equity markets rose on Wednesday, despite a rise in jobless claims for the first time since September and mixed data on orders for durable goods. 13 hours ago

Wednesday tips round-up: Severn Trent, Mitchells&Butlers

The latest figures from quoted water utility Severn Trent revealed a company in healthy shape, with pre-tax profits 10% ahead at £155.8m. Critically, it no longer seems to be the case that the company's future dividend growth will be hurt by the looming settlement with its regulator, Ofwat. Indeed, surprisingly the firm believes that it can further slim its workforce without negatively impacting its frontline services. Management has also suggested it can afford to push up water bills by significantly less than inflation over the next regulatory period, spanning the next five years. On top of that, the 5.6% increase in its interim payment was easily covered by earnings. 12 hours ago

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