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Aug 8, 2014
Aug 7, 2014

Scottish nationalist leader faces opposition criticism over sterling

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An independent Scotland cannot be stopped from using sterling even if London refuses a formal currency union, nationalist leader Alex Salmond said on Thursday, just two days after he failed to win a televised debate dominated by the issue.

The future currency of an independent Scotland remains one of the major issues in the campaign just six weeks before Scots decide in a Sept. 18 referendum whether to break their 307-year union with England.

Aug 7, 2014

Insurers keep FTSE under pressure

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index slipped on Thursday after insurers reported weaker than expected results, but the market was supported by strong earnings from Rio Tinto.

Financial stocks were the main drag on the index, trimming 7.7 points off the FTSE 100 .FTSE.

Aug 7, 2014

Insurers keep Britain’s FTSE under pressure

EDINBURGH, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
slipped on Thursday after insurers reported weaker than expected
results, but the market was supported by strong earnings from
Rio Tinto.

Financial stocks were the main drag on the index, trimming
7.7 points off the FTSE 100.

Aug 6, 2014
Aug 6, 2014

Scotland’s pro-independence leader fails to turn tide in TV debate

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – The leader of the campaign for Scottish independence failed to turn a U.S.-style television debate into a victory for his cause, six weeks before Scotland votes on whether to break up the United Kingdom.

In an unexpected setback for those who support a breakaway, Alex Salmond, head of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), failed to land a decisive blow in a lively debate on Tuesday night against Alistair Darling, leader of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK.

Aug 6, 2014

German shares lead Europe lower as concerns over Ukraine mount

EDINBURGH, Aug 6 (Reuters) – European shares fell on
Wednesday, led by German equities after a resurgence in tension
in Ukraine and some weaker-than-expected earnings reports.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.6
percent at 1,326.59 by 0747 GMT, with the German DAX,
which is dominated by companies heavily dependent on Russian
energy, down 0.8 percent.

Aug 5, 2014

In Scotland, pro-independence leader flunks TV debate

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – The leader of Scotland’s campaign for independence failed to turn a U.S.-style television debate into a victory for his cause on Tuesday six weeks before Scots vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom.

In an unexpected setback for those who support a breakaway, Alex Salmond, the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), didn’t land a knockout blow in a lively debate against Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK.

Aug 5, 2014

Aggreko boosts FTSE as Ukraine, Gaza tensions ease

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index rose early on Tuesday, boosted by encouraging earnings data as tensions eased in political hotspots that have weighed on the market in recent weeks.

Aggreko (AGGK.L: Quote, Profile, Research), which supplies power to public events, rose 4.1 percent after profits fell 9 percent, which traders said beat expectations.

Aug 4, 2014

Scotland’s pro-independence camp betting on TV debate to win votes

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of Scottish independence are hoping leader Alex Salmond’s performance in a U.S.-style television debate on Tuesday can boost their campaign, which is lagging in opinion polls.

With just over six weeks to go before Scots vote on whether to break Scotland’s 307-year union with England, the “No” campaign holds a steady and substantial lead over the “Yes” camp.

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