Markets Smiths Group doubles profit thanks to x-ray detector sales 2017-03-24T11:09:36.000000Z Engineering giant Smiths Group more than doubled its pretax profits to £346m in the six months ended January 31 on strong sales of security sensors and x-ray detectors. MARKETS LIVE: FTSE 100 opens flat as Smiths reports 2017-03-24T10:53:20.000000Z Shares have opened broadly flat in London despite a slight sell-off in the US overnight. Fightback against fatcat pay begins 2017-03-24T00:48:36.000000Z Housebuilder Crest Nicholson was rocked by a shareholder revolt as the backlash against boardroom excess began following a string of bumper pay deals. Gambling firm GVC Holdings boosts dividend and shares leap 2017-03-23T23:38:23.000000Z Online gambling firm GVC Holdings lifted shareholders’ spirits along with the market as it announced a second special dividend for the year. ALEX BRUMMER: The bell tolls for Co-op Bank - ' 2017-03-23T23:37:24.000000Z Don’t believe the name or the hype. The Co-operative Bank is neither a true co-operative or ethical. Royal Bank of Scotland & NatWest closes 158 branches 2017-03-23T23:35:54.000000Z Bailed-out lender Royal Bank of Scotland is slashing 470 jobs and axing 158 branches as it battles back to health after nine years of losses. Small banks prepare to swoop on the struggling Co-op 2017-03-23T23:06:29.000000Z Small lenders are ready to carve up the beleaguered Co-op Bank as doubts grow over its chances of finding a buyer. Next warns of price rises as profits sink 2017-03-23T22:49:32.000000Z Profits at Next fell for the first time in eight years as the retailer admitted it had got its wrong by filling shops with fast fashion trends rather than wardrobe essentials. CITY DIARY: Ted Baker chief ‘Cheeky, fun, huggy… 2017-03-23T22:49:30.000000Z Asked what makes Ted Baker unique, the fashion retailer’s quirky boss Ray Kelvin, 61, replies: ‘Cheeky, fun, huggy…I’m a big hugger.’ Certainly sounds a friendly enough sort of fellow. German giant Deutsche Bank’s new London HQ 2017-03-23T22:45:35.000000Z Germany's biggest lender is set to build a new headquarters in the City – underlining the finance world’s commitment to London.