Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan: Fear of the 'double—D' haunts global economy

THIS is getting worryingly predictable. Bad economic data on top of bad economic data, occasionally alternating with merely lacklustre growth figures, all happening amid renewed financial market turbulence fuelled by the eurozone debt crisis.

Martin Flanagan: Bank's hawks are quickly drawing in their talons

WHERE have all the Bank of England hawks gone? Flown the nest, every one of them, it would appear. The latest BoE monetary policy committee (MPC) minutes show that the central bank's chief economist Spencer Dale and former academic Martin Weale dropped their long-standing call for a rise in interest rates at this month's meeting.

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Martin Flanagan: Page is unable to bank on its traditional strong links to the City

THE 13 per cent hit taken at one stage yesterday by white-collar recruitment firm Michael Page International implies investors believe the stock market rollercoaster has some way to roll.

Martin Flanagan: Cost of riots for retailers go far beyond initial damage

IT NEVER rains, but it pours. As if the battered retail sector didn't have enough grief, the widespread looting and vandalism scarring London's high streets and threatening to spread farther out in Britain undoubtedly adds to the industry's woes.

Martin Flanagan: Digging in for the economic long haul as investors run for safety

FOR investors, it's become all about digging for gold while wearing tin hats. This despite the European Central Bank (ECB) buying Italian and Spanish bonds yesterday to stabilise prices and cut the interest rates those key eurozone countries are paying for their debt.

Martin Flanagan: Loss on Northern Rock sale might not be a bad result for UK taxpayers

IN 2008, the UK government saved the banking system melting down by giving guarantees on deposits and recapitalising the infirm players in return for full or part-nationalisation.

Martin Flanagan: Bulls running out of excuses as QE sails back on to economic horizon

THE latest bleak manufacturing data conceivably suggests it may be next spring before the Bank of England feels it can lift interest rates.

Parliament to probe Heineken over S&N acquisition

A HOUSE of Commons select committee is to probe Heineken's takeover of brewing giant Scottish & Newcastle amid allegations that it broke promises to tens of thousands of pensioners.

Wiseman Dairies warns of milk price rise due to higher costs

ROBERT Wiseman Dairies yesterday warned that the price of milk could be heading up because of rising cost pressures.

Martin Flanagan: Predators are on the hunt as life sciences start to look vulnerable

FIRST, the Japanese were in for ProStrakan. Now it is the turn of the Americans to run the rule over Axis-Shield. The Scottish biotech sector? Dull, it ain't.

Martin Flanagan: Constructing a recovery is no easy thing, we are finding

THE weakness of the housing market is clearly not doing any favours to the wider construction industry.

LSE pulls plug on bid for Canadian exchange

THE London Stock Exchange last night dramatically pulled its C$3.6bn (£1.8bn) takeover bid for TMX, saying the offer was "highly unlikely to achieve the required two-thirds majority approval" at the Canadian exchange's shareholder meeting.

Martin Flanagan: The eurozone breathes a sigh of relief as Greek tragedy averted

APOCALYPSE avoided. The Greek parliament voted for acceptance of a five-year austerity plan yesterday, the initial vital stage in the debt-crushed country gaining access to a financial lifeline from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Martin Flanagan: Bank's big-wigs under fire over performance

IT WAS always a racing certainty that the Bank of England's finest would be criticised by MPs yesterday for their record on inflation forecasting.

Martin Flanagan: Nick Clegg's carpentry skills leave a lot to be desired

NICK Clegg is obviously a man on a mission to escape the shadow of the accusation that he cynically sold a student generation down the tuition fee river for political power.

Martin Flanagan: Private-sector sympathy is likely to be in rather short supply

AS THE public sector wrestles with the patently unthinkable prospect of wage and recruitment freezes and the ending of final salary pensions, the private sector is picking up some of the employment slack.

Martin Flanagan: George Osborne's decision to split retail and 'casino' banking has met a mixed response

AS HE donned his dinner suit and made the short journey from Number 11 Downing Street to Mansion House on Wednesday night, George Osborne was feeling confident even though he knew he was about to face an audience whose feelings on the so-called "ring-fencing" of banks varied from cautious welcome to strong scepticism.

Martin Flanagan: Postcards from the edge of the Royal Mail's abyss

THE bleak annual figures from Royal Mail are sobering. They highlight starkly how an institution that has been a key part of the British social and economic fabric since Victorian times is being brought low by the phenomenal upsurge in electronic messaging in society plus rising private competition in traditional mail.

Martin Flanagan: Combination is tainted for many shareholders in volatile markets

THERE's private business, there's publicly-listed business, and then there's publicly-quoted mining and commodity business based in Switzerland or Kazakhstan. Events at Eurasian Natural Resources Corp (ENRC) and Glencore suggest the latter combination can give new investors the worst of both worlds.

Martin Flanagan: Speedy rehab as clouds clear for BP's former boss

AS CORPORATE rehabilitations go, it is pretty slick. Less than nine months after leaving BP's helm under a cloud following the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, Tony Hayward is set to return to head up a London-listed oil company.

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