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Snapchat creator Evan Spiegel’s pay hits $638m

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Photo-messaging app founder likely to be best paid chief executive of 2017

Unilever HQ decision fraught with risk and complexity

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The multinational’s choice of location will have far-reaching consequences

Spotify’s listing puts pressure on group to broaden playlist


Streaming service will have to add more business lines to offset reliance on labels

Rovio shares drop 50% as ‘Angry Birds’ maker falls to earth


Mobile gaming pioneer warns on revenues and profits for 2018

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Global smartphone sales fall for first time


Incremental upgrades fail to persuade users to trade up


SoftBank-backed Improbable files first accounts


Half of UK tech start-up’s revenues are from US, including $5.8m army deal

Insurers being blamed for equity market turmoil

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Annuity providers in spotlight over ‘managed volatility’ strategies


HSBC caps back-office bonuses for thousands

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Announcement follows decision to pay ex-chief Stuart Gulliver $8.5m


‘Soft’ outlook overshadows Deutsche Telekom’s strong results


Europe’s biggest telecoms company raises dividend but shares fall

Centrica to shed 4,000 jobs as profits fall 17%


British Gas owner blames looming UK government price cap on energy bills


Rising interest rates punish US power sector

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Heavily indebted utilities shore up balance sheets as financing costs increase

General Motors asks South Korea to help fund operations


US carmaker’s proposed $2.8bn investment comes amid speculation it may exit country


Barclays swings to net loss of almost £2bn

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UK bank hit by one-off charges as it tries to cheer investors with promises on dividend


Blockchain ‘could save asset managers $2.7bn a year’


Online ledger technology promises to upend processes linked to buying and selling funds


Hedge funds fight to save M&A arbitrage strategy

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Challenging deal prices in court has become risky after latest ruling in Delaware


Ford executive departs over misconduct allegations

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Carmaker finds Raj Nair’s behaviour was ‘inconsistent’ with its code of conduct


Ford president out due to ‘inappropriate behaviour’

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Raj Nair had been head of the car maker’s North American unit for just nine months

Wednesday, Feb 21

Lloyds’ strategic plan viewed as ‘evolution not revolution’


António Horta-Osório describes his bank’s 2020 profit targets as ‘ambitious’ and ‘achievable’

JPMorgan plans to build massive HQ tower in New York’s Park Ave


Rebuilding at existing location instead of Hudson Yards is big boost for midtown

May braced for Unilever decision on headquarters

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Anglo-Dutch group weighs consolidation in the Netherlands amid Brexit pressure

AA shares tumble nearly 30% after dividend cut


Company slashes payout and warns of lower profits as it embarks on technology drive

Tuesday, Feb 20

Lloyds Bank poised to launch £1bn share buyback


Move marks switch from last year’s decision to pay special dividend

Deutsche Bank plots March IPO of asset management unit


German lender aim to sell about a quarter of Deutsche Asset Management for up to €2bn

HSBC warns on $1.5bn penalty as Gulliver bows out as chief

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Group says it could be hit with charge over alleged tax evasion and money laundering at private bank

Walmart’s online challenge to Amazon falters

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Shares pummelled after sharp slowdown in ecommerce sales

Monday, Feb 19

Deutsche Bank cuts up to 500 investment banking and trading jobs

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Some lay-offs at German company will come before 2017 bonus payouts

Reckitt Benckiser shares hit amid concern over margin outlook


Investors mark down consumer goods group despite promises it will return to ‘outperformance’

Deripaska to quit as president of EN+ and Rusal

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Russian tycoon prepares for battle with Potanin as Norilsk feud reignites

Private equity chiefs face partnership dilemma

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Groups agonise over whether to convert to a corporation following US tax overhaul

Sunday, Feb 18

SoftBank seeks to join Swiss Re board in $10bn stake talks

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Japanese group looks to acquire up to 30 per cent share in reinsurer

T Rowe Price pivots from London to Luxembourg


Asset manager separates continental operations in preparation for Brexit

Oil majors see expansion in domestic utilities


Big European groups lay foundations for expansion into the electricity supply chain

HSBC hopes to leave era of scandals behind

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The bank has been held back by big fines and hasty acquisitions but believes it is in a position to grow again