BUSINESS LIVE: Pearson profits jump; ITV sells Britbox stake; Rightmove hails another strong year

Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are Pearson, Smiths Group, ITV, Rightmove, and Babcock International. 

Britain For Sale: Country’s biggest firms being picked off one by one

First it was Wincanton, then Currys and now Direct Line. Companies at the heart of the UK economy are being preyed on by foreign suitors – and it could be just the start.

As global dealmaking comes back with a bang after a long hiatus, private equity barons and cash-rich corporations see listed British businesses as a bargain.

Women now the majority at top of the Bank of England

Women will be in the majority on the powerful Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the Bank of England for the first time in its 329-year history after the appointment of a new deputy governor.

Threadneedle Street yesterday said Clare Lombardelli (pictured), chief economist at international thinktank the OECD, will sit on the interest rate-setting panel from July.