News archive from 5 January 2012, page 8

China's trade surplus narrows for a third straight year

China's trade surplus narrows for a third straight year

China's trade surplus has narrowed for a third straight year as demand for its products weakened in the US and Europe. Commerce Minister Chen Deming said the surplus was around $160bn (£103bn) in 2011. That compares with a record of $295bn in 2008....

BBC, 09:45 in Business
 
Solid demand for French 10-year bonds seen at auction

Solid demand for French 10-year bonds seen at auction

The country kicks off its 2012 long-term debt issuance programme with a regular-sized auction of 7 to 8 billion euros (5 to 6 billion pounds) of 10- to 30-year OAT bonds, a day after Germany saw demand pick up at its first auction of the year on...

Reuters, 09:47 in Business
 
Should I invest my £15k savings in cash, shares or property?

Should I invest my £15k savings in cash, shares or property?

At the 25 per cent level, £15,000 would only secure a property that cost £60,000 and in all but the cheapest areas of the country - where a rental investment may not be such a great prospect - homes at such a cheap price are not easy to find. And that...

 
FTSE weakens as European worries return to fore

FTSE weakens as European worries return to fore

Banks .FTNMX8350, under the cosh on Wednesday when funding concerns were highlighted by a deeply discounted rights issue from Italy's UniCredit (CRDI.MI), extended falls, as the spotlight shone firmly on France, especially given concerns about the...

Reuters, 10:03 in Business
 
Harding opens up about New Year bust-up

Harding opens up about New Year bust-up

Singer Sarah Harding has spoken for the first time about a New Year's Day argument with her boyfriend which ended in a trip to hospital, insisting they fell out because of his jealousy. The Girls Aloud beauty became embroiled in a heated argument with...

 
Hawkes drops out of Dancing On Ice

Hawkes drops out of Dancing On Ice

Pop star Chesney Hawkes has been forced to hang up his skates and drop out of Dancing On Ice after severely spraining his ankle and fracturing his calf bone during practice. The singer was due to compete against former child star Corey Feldman, Dallas...

 
Timberlake 'proposed to Biel on Christmas'

Timberlake 'proposed to Biel on Christmas'

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel cemented their reconciliation by getting engaged just before Christmas, according to U.S. reports. The couple split last year but ended the year back together with the pop star-turned-actor calling The A-Team pin-up...

 
Former X Factor star loses cancer battle

Former X Factor star loses cancer battle

Wheelchair-bound Scottish singer Kerry Mcgregor has lost her battle with bladder cancer, aged 37. The X Factor contestant became an overnight success as she competed against the talent show's eventual winner Leona Lewis in 2006. She was preparing to...

 
Suarez a bad bet for bookies as advert featuring controversial Liverpool striker is blasted

Suarez a bad bet for bookies as advert featuring controversial Liverpool striker is blasted

Luis Suarez has been caught up in more controversy after bookmaker Paddy Power landed in hot water for using the Liverpool striker in an advert. The bookie ran an ad in October promising punters their money back if Suarez scored for the Reds against...

Daily Mail, 10:05 in Sport
 
Lopez's boyfriend placed on driving probation

Lopez's boyfriend placed on driving probation

Jennifer Lopez's dancer boyfriend Casper Smart has been sentenced to 12 months probation for his alleged involvement in a drag race. Smart was taken into custody in April, 2010, after he was caught racing with his pals in Los Angeles. Now the 24 year...

 
Tilton inspired to tackle Dancing On Ice after death of fiance

Tilton inspired to tackle Dancing On Ice after death of fiance

Dallas icon Charlene Tilton was inspired to take up a place on Dancing On Ice following the death of her fiance two years ago. The actress will compete against stars including former child actor Corey Feldman and Sugababes singer Heidi Range in the...

 
Lohan's New Year trespasser convicted

Lohan's New Year trespasser convicted

A man arrested for trespassing at Lindsay Lohan's Venice, California home on New Year's Day has been ordered to stay away from the actress for two years. Lonnie Short refused to leave the Mean Girls star's doorstep until he had spoken to Lohan and the...

 
Collins in talks to star in The Evil Dead

Collins in talks to star in The Evil Dead

Phil Collins' actress daughter Lily is in final negotiations to land another major movie role as a rehabbing drug addict in Fede Alvarez's The Evil Dead remake. The Blind Side star, who will portray Snow White opposite Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror,...

 
Streep recalled college memories to play Thatcher

Streep recalled college memories to play Thatcher

Meryl Streep tapped into her memories of life as an outcast at an all-men's college to portray former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Devil Wears Prada star received her Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from New York's Vassar College back in...

 
Jackman tipped to play Broadway's Houdini

Jackman tipped to play Broadway's Houdini

Actor Hugh Jackman is set for a Broadway return as legendary illusionist Harry Houdini. The X-Men star wrapped his one-man show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, on Sunday after setting new box office records at the Broadhurst Theatre with a bumper...

 


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