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Sunday newspaper round-up: Aviva-Friends Life, Coutts, Quindell

Clive Cowdery, whose Resolution acquisition vehicle bought Friends Provident in 2009, will make about 160m from Aviva's takeover of Friends Life, the Sunday Times said. The roles of chairman, chief executive and finance director at the combined company will go to the Aviva incumbents, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Aviva is trying to persuade its own shareholders about the wisdom of the deal, the Mail on Sunday said.
[Yesterday 18:15]

Supermarket price war damaging food producers, new research reveals

The ongoing supermarket price war has continued to pressure food producers, according to research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens.
[Yesterday 18:07]

Four Seasons considers options as debt mounts and earnings fall

UK care home group Four Seasons has appointed Blackstone Advisory Partners to assess its options amid reports the company's owner, Terra Firma, is looking at new avenues to tackle sliding earnings and mounting debts.
[Yesterday 17:42]

Savoy sales and profits drop nearly 3%

The Savoy hotel in London saw sales and profits plummet last year by almost 3% to 58.5m.
[Yesterday 17:05]

Sunday share tips: Centrica, Concha, UDG Healthcare

Investors should avoid Centrica shares, Questor advised in the Sunday Telegraph. The British Gas owner has been hit by political uncertainty following Labour leader Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy prices, as well as warmer weather and falling oil prices at its exploration business. After three profit warnings in the past year the dividend is starting to look shaky, especially as political pressure makes it hard to cut capital spending. Shareholders are exposed to divide
[Yesterday 16:51]

Telecom group to launch attack on BT broadband 'monopoly'

A group of telecom firms have reportedly banded together to denounce the market "monopoly" held by BT.
[Yesterday 16:00]

Gail's Artisan Bakery IPO plans delayed until next year

The flotation of bakery group Gail's Artisan Bakery has been put off until next year.
[Yesterday 15:42]

Flotation of Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks planned for next year, reports claim

National Australia Bank (NAB) could be planning to float its Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks in 2015 as it makes its exit from Britain "an absolute priority".
[Yesterday 15:32]

UK has tried and failed to reduce immigration to 'tens of thousands', says home secretary

The government has failed to reduce net migration down to the targeted tens of thousands despite best efforts, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.
[Yesterday 15:23]

Galliard Homes forms JV with group of US businessmen

A group of US businessmen has formed a joint venture with London developer Galliard Homes to build 1bn-worth of residential properties across the suburbs of the capital.
[Yesterday 15:05]

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