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BUSINESS START-UPS IN QUARTER 3, 2004

Celebrity cooking programmes ‘Hells Kitchens’, Jamie’s Kitchen and ‘Saturday Chef’ are not just teaching us how to cook they may be driving a catering boom for British businesses as more and more people become interested in food, according to figures published by Barclays today.

HOUSING MARKET CONFIDENCE FALLS FOR THE SIXTH MONTH IN A ROW

The Woolwich consumer confidence index shows that just 40 per cent of homeowners now believe that their property will continue to gain in value over the next year. This is compared to 45 per cent in October and 52 per cent in September. This latest fall, the sixth monthly fall in a row, takes consumer confidence to a six year low.

BARCLAYS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC today announce changes to the responsibilities of its executive management team, which are designed to focus increased leadership capacity on growing the Group’s international retail and commercial banking business and b

BARCLAYS STOCKBROKERS PREDICTS FURTHER STOCK MARKET RISES IN 2005

Barclays Stockbrokers believes that 2005 could provide modest returns from markets, as in 2004, but that significant gains from any asset classes will be hard to come by. Bond yields look likely to start the year between 4% and 5% and equities should give

Barclaycard to change card benefits

Barclaycard is to change the free card benefits available to cardholders following a review prompted by customer research and new industry regulation of general insurance products.