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BARCLAYS ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPOINTMENT

Barclays PLC announces the appointment of Rich Ricci as Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Capital and Barclays Private Clients. Based in London, he will report to Robert E. Diamond Jr., head of the bank's wholesale and institutional businesses.

BARCLAYS LAUNCHES UNIQUE CHILD TRUST FUND PRODUCT

Barclays has today announced details of its unique equity tracker Child Trust Fund which will be available in branches from January 17, 2005, the day Government vouchers start hitting the doormats of eligible parents.

CONFIDENCE AT ALL TIME LOW BUT STABILISING

The Woolwich consumer confidence index shows signs that confidence among homeowners may be stabilising with a fall of one per cent last month, with 39 per cent now believing that their property will continue to increase in value. Although confidence is at an all time low, (since the survey started in March 1998), this is the smallest month on month fall for seven months. Confidence was 40 per cent in November and 45 per cent in October.