Grain elevator

Energy exchange group acquires Nasdaq future and options business

ENERGY exchange EEX Group has announced an agreement with US-based Nasdaq Futures (NFX) to buy its futures and options exchange business. The German-based European Energy...
EU budget, tightening the belt

EU looks to balance post-Brexit books, but it isn’t plain sailing

By Jason Agnew AS BREXIT flounders to its uncertain conclusion, the 27 remaining EU countries are contemplating life after the departure of the most contentious...
stock market charts software

Traders want fewer working hours at UK and European exchanges

By Hal Williams EVERY computer programme, algorithm and robot introduced to the workplace theoretically enhances efficiency and cuts the workload — but the real cut...
e-cigarette, vaping

Imperial Brands running out of puff? A tough year for the vaping industry

BRITISH multinational firm Imperial Brands has had a challenging year, with pre-tax profits for 2019 falling from £1.83bn to £1.69bn and shares down 9.4...
Mixed bank notes, pound, euro, dollar

IMF warns of debt ‘timebomb’ thanks to ‘cheap money’ borrowing policies

THE International Monetary Fund warns that low interest rates are encouraging companies to take on a level of debt that could become a “timebomb”. The...
Cheese shop

The cheese! The cheese! US tariffs hit EU where it will hurt the most

By Hal Williams OH DEAR, Gromit! The US is set to impose 25 percent tariffs — worth $7.5bn (£6.1bn) — on EU exports of cheese,...
Greggs sausage rolls

Rolling with it: Greggs gets the pork in to avoid Brexit shortage

GREGGS is taking no chances: despite the popularity of its new vegan offerings, the high street bakery chain is stockpiling pork to ensure availability...
Thomas Cook shop

Thomas Cook ceases trading, leaving tens of thousands of customers stranded abroad

AFTER almost 180 years in business holiday firm Thomas Cook has collapsed — leaving 150,000 Britons stranded abroad. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said...
Boris Johnson, UK PM, looking serious

The incredible Boris lets his imagination take flight

BV’s JASON AGNEW gives Boris Johnson a poke with a pointy stick, and considers the likely outcomes of Brexit — at this stage… IT’S A...
Abu Dhabi Skyline

Abu Dhabi’s global hunt for fresh fintech talent

Exciting start-ups found during tour stops in Africa, Asia and Europe THE MENA region’s FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival (FinTechAD) has a global tour reaching cities...