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TopShop Store Card Group Banks On £1bn Sale

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor The finance group which provides credit cards to TopShop customers has hired bankers to prepare a sale or flotation that could value it at more than £1bn. Sky News understands that the owners of NewDay, which is among the UK's biggest branded store card issuers, have appointed Lazard and UBS to work on a potential deal. The appointments signal an intention for Varde Partners, a hedge fund which acquired

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Jay Z: My App Has Been Smeared By Big Firms

Jay Z claims big companies are "spending millions on a smear campaign" against his new music streaming service Tidal. The app - which promises to pay a 75% royalty rate to artists - has slipped out of the top 700 Apple store apps while rival Spotify has soared. The rapper took to Twitter to defend his service, which is co-owned by artists including Kanye West, Madonna, Jack White and Daft Punk. He wrote: "The

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Cameron Gets Backing Of 5,000 Small Businesses

The bosses of 5,000 small businesses, who between them employ more than 100,000 people, have urged voters to back the Conservatives in the General Election. In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph the business leaders said: "We work hard, make sacrifices and invest our own money to help our businesses grow and succeed. "It was tough during the recession, but we kept going. We would like to see David Cameron and George Osborne given

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Labour Plan To Reduce Stamp Duty To Zero

Labour is set to announce plans to scrap stamp duty on homes worth up to £300,000 for first-time buyers. Cutting stamp duty to zero would benefit nine out of 10 people buying their first home and could save up to £5,000, according to Labour. The plan would cost £225m a year, which the party says would be found through a series of tax-related measures on landlords and wealthy property investors. Housing has been one of

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Small Businesses Throw Weight Behind Cameron

The bosses of 5,000 small businesses, who between them employ more than 100,000 people, have urged voters to back the Conservatives in the General Election. In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph the business leaders said: "We work hard, make sacrifices and invest our own money to help our businesses grow and succeed. "It was tough during the recession, but we kept going. We would like to see David Cameron and George Osborne given

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Car-Leasing Giant Revs Up £100m Windfall

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor Investors in the UK's biggest independent car-leasing group are toasting a £100m windfall just a year after the merger of two smaller rivals created an industry powerhouse. Sky News understands that Zenith Leasedrive (ZLD), which is headquartered in Leeds and employs more than 500 people, has struck a refinancing deal with its lenders, paving the way for one of the largest dividends paid by a private company so far this

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Hillary Targeted at White House Correspondents Dinner

Hillary Clinton was the target of a few jokes last night at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.: "[F]or many Americans, this is still a time of deep uncertainty. For example, I have one friend –- just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year. And she’s now living out of a van in Iowa," said President Barack Obama. Comedian Cecily Strong joked, "In Tom Cotton's defense, he was

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Labour To Cap Rents To Help ‘Generation Rent’

Labour plans to bar private landlords from raising rents faster than inflation over a three-year period if it wins power after the General Election. Party leader Ed Miliband described Labour's blueprint as "a plan for a stable, decent, prosperous private rental market where landlords and tenants can succeed together". :: Full Coverage Of The Election The move forms part of a plan to help the growing number of people - known as Generation Rent

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