By Andrew MacAskill and Lawrence White LONDON (Reuters) - British politicians have urged banks to provide more services in poor areas after a Reuters article showed the largest are disproportionately closing branches in the lowest-income areas while expanding in wealthier ones. The analysis published last week found more than 90 percent of the branch closures were in areas where the median household income is below the British average of 27,600 pounds ($36,600). "The research is very worrying and I hope the Treasury are aware of it," James Heappey, a Conservative member of parliament (MP), told the House of Commons in a debate on Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.