What are the big stories hitting the headlines this week?


Aviva plans to shed 384 more jobs, taking the total number of job cuts announced in one month in the UK and Ireland to 1,500. The shake-up follows the expiry of a life and savings joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland. Aviva said it would find new roles for affected employees where possible.


Barclays Private Equity was sold to Equistone Partners Europe for £45m. The deal will transfer high street broker A-Plan over to Equistone. A-Plan chief executive Carl Shuker said it was “business as usual” and the deal would not have any effect on operations.


Groupama is understood to be looking at selling some of its assets to beef up capital adequacy eroded by the eurozone crisis. AXA and French mutual giant Covea are interested in buying Groupama’s assets.