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Morning Wrap: today's top business stories

News stories from around the web.

UK kicks off £3bn Royal Mail privatisation (FT)

The UK government set the price range for the flotation of Royal Mail on Friday as postal service workers prepared to vote on industrial action.

Help to Buy: Osborne asks Bank of England to keep closer watch (BBC)

Chancellor George Osborne has asked the Bank of England to take a bigger role in ensuring his Help to Buy housing scheme does not fuel a property boom.

Pound rises after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney sees no need for more QE (Telegraph)

Mark Carney, the Bank of England Governor, sees no need for more stimulus for the economy given the gathering pace of the recovery, sending the pound higher.

North-South divide in house prices, says Nationwide (BBC)

The gap between house prices in northern and southern England has moved above £100,000 for the first time, according to the Nationwide.

North-south house price divide widest ever at over £100,000 (Telegraph)

The average southern home is now worth 74pc more than its northern equivalent.