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Vodafone half-year profits


Vodafone have announced a half-year pre-tax profit of £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion).


Flybe: Profits up, jobs down


500 jobs are to go at Exeter-based airline Flybe, this despite a recent return to profits.


IPO investments


Research by Deloitte has found that £1,000 invested in shares in each of this year’s ten IPOs (£10,000) would have returned £13,520 on 31 October 2013. This return is £3,032 more, or seven times greater, than investing the same amount in the FTSE 100 Index at the time of each company’s IPO.


French credit rating


France has had its credit rating downgraded from AA+ to AA by Standard and Poor's (S&P).


Twitter makes NYSE debut


Twitter made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange today (Thursday), and shares started trading at $45.10 each.


ECB rate cut


The European Central Bank (ECB) has cut its benchmark interest rate to new record low of 0.25%, down from 0.5%.


How much is Twitter worth?


Ahead of Twitter's debut on the New York Stock Exchange this week shares have been priced at $26 each.


Offshore tax avoidance


OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed Andorra's steps to strengthen international tax co-operation, after it became the 60th signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.


Private Company Price Index


Higher levels of optimism and rising deal volumes in Q3 2013 have seen Private Companies paying prices at a five year high according to BDO’s latest Private Company Price Index/Private Equity Price Index (PCPI/PEPI).


Shareholder protection


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has strengthened its listing rules to protect minority shareholders. The new rules will give shareholders in premium listed companies additional voting rights and greater influence over key decisions.


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