Campaign platform CDP has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation.

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The government’s Help to Buy scheme has fuelled recent weakness in the UK’s housing market, as it “brought forward price growth significantly”, said Pete Redfern, chief executive of  housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

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Car maker Nissan’s internal investigation into Carlos Ghosn now extends to every country in the group’s global network and has significantly increased its use of digital forensics experts in its hunt for evidence.

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Deutsche Bank is preparing a deep overhaul of its trading operations including the creation of a  bad bank to hold tens of billions of euros of assets as chief executive Christian Sewing shifts Germany’s biggest lender away from investment banking.