The Post Office has launched a two-in-one credit card, which consumers can use in the usual way or to transfer the cost of major purchases to a lower-interest loan - The Independent
Gala, the bingo company, is set to bid for the next National Lottery licence, running from the end of January 2009, after registering its interest with regulator the National Lottery Commission - Financial Times
TV shopping channels on Freeview, such as QVC, are outpacing the high street with sales rising at about 20% a year. The market's annual sales of £900m are expected to double over the next four years - The Mail on Sunday
Gillette held merger talks with rival FMCG company Colgate-Palmolive four months before approaching Procter & Gamble. Its $58bn (£32.8bn) sale to P&G was finally approved last week - Financial Times
Bmi is exploiting British Airways' decision to end flights to Saudi Arabia by launching routes to Jeddah. BA stopped flying to Riyadh in March because of ongoing terrorism concerns - The Business
Cadbury Schweppes' European soft-drinks arm, which has been valued at £1.1bn, is expected to attract bids from Carlyle Group, PAI, BC Partners, Cinven and Charterhouse this week - Sunday Express
Barclaycard has come under fire for increasing interest rates on its credit cards by up to 2%, despite the Bank of England cutting rates in August. The company claims the move will simplify borrowing - Daily Mail.