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Transformational "mega deals" and ongoing availability of capital have helped boost total UK deal values by almost 100 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest PwC Deals Index. Deal volumes have also increased by 50 per cent compared to the same period in 2014, reflecting a res

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Consumers across the UK collectively spent more than £19,000 every second using their plastic last year as some 31.6million card payments were made every day, more than double the 15.7million a day in 2004. According to the UK Cards Association, a record £600.3 billion was spent domestically and o

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Department store chain John Lewis has ditched accountants PwC. The retail partnership, which owns Waitrose food stores in addition to its John Lewis outlets, has selected KPMG for the role, in line with a newly adopted policy of putting its audit out to tender every five years.

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Accountants Baker Tilly have made two senior appointments at their consulting practice in Scotland. George Walker joins the firm’s technology consulting team as associate director while Dougie Graham, also associate director, will be part of the firm’s business consulting team.

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Latest research has revealed that the number of female bosses in the asset management industry has not moved over the past year. The number of female fund managers currently stands at just 7 per cent, just as it did in 2014, according to analysis by Tilney Bestinvest.

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Nearly four out of 10 UK homes were sold during the first three months of 2015 were bough with cash, according to the UK’s second biggest mortgage lender. The figure for homes bought without a mortgage represents a record high, the Nationwide building society said.

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The Phoenicia Hazledene Investment Management, part of the Edinburgh-based hotel and property development group, Hazledene, has today announced a £11 million restoration and refurbishment of Malta’s grandest hotel.

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Plans for a £1 billion City Deal involving six local authorities has moved a step closer following a £275,000 investment by Fife Council. The council is working with five other local authorities on the City Deal plan which could generate millions of pounds of investment and grow local economies.

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