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The drowned world: Goldman Sachs warns global economy is sinking under debt

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Creative new policies are required to deal with mounting debt problems, bank warns

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Cameron to make £12bn Right to Buy scheme central component of Queen's Speech

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Controversial programme will force social landlords to sell property at major discounts

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What Sajid Javid’s appointment means for business in Britain

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Maurits van Rooijen

The London School of Business and Finance chief executive on whether Sajid Javid can break down the walls between workplace and classroom

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Airbus warns Brexit puts investment in UK at risk

Thu, 21 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Leaving EU would make Britain less competitive Airbus chief says

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Marks and Spencer reports first profit rise in four years

Wed, 20 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Marks and Spencer has reported its first rise in profit for four years, with underlying profit before tax up 6.1% to £661.2m.

Rollercoaster economy inflation

We’ve now entered deflation – here’s why

Tue, 19 May 2015| By Robyn Vinter

What pushed us into negative inflation?

George Osborne

Axe to fall on Whitehall with civil servants facing 100,000 job cuts

Mon, 18 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

“Bloody” spending review will make civil service smallest in recent history

Mark Carney BoE bank seated gesticulating

Carney’s punchy nuggets: BoE chief on the EU, and why UK productivity is not harmed by foreign workers

Thu, 14 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Bank of England chief executive Mark Carney has said that cheap foreign Labour is not harming Britain’s productivity, in fact the reverse.

Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch’s News Corp profits halve as sales and advertising fail

Wed, 6 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s international publishing business, has seen a dramatic fall in net profits as sales and advertising revenue streams have dried up.

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Store wars drive Sainsbury’s to first loss in 10 years

Wed, 6 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

The price war on the high street today claimed a major scalp as Sainsbury’s recorded its first loss for 10 years.

Empty home

Red vs Blue - which party will make Londoners most house-proud?

Tue, 5 May 2015| By Nick Kalms & Benjamin Radstone

Housing is a key concern for Londoners. Which party is taking a stand? The YouSpotProperty.com founders examine the evidence

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It's not just Russell Brand. Here are the latest ce-Labour-ities

Tue, 5 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which stars are supporting Miliband?

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Miliband trips, Cameron trumps: 5 punchy nuggets from Question TimeVideo

Fri, 1 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Crowd steals the show, ripping into Cameron and Miliband, and baying for Clegg’s blood

Graduates

Australia inches out Britain in list of world’s top 100 new universities

Thu, 30 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Britain has lost its crown as home of the most institutions in the Times Higher Education’s list of new universities.

EU flag missing star

Chief execs fear Brexit more than Grexit as election draws close

Thu, 30 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Leaving the EU is threat to stability say business leaders

Canal barge houseboat London home

London has just 43 affordable homes, and some of those are houseboats

Wed, 29 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

80% of the UK’s houses are out of reach for average earners

Sad George Osborne

Economy slows to 0.3% growth ahead of General Election

Tue, 28 Apr 2015

This isn’t the news that George Osborne wanted today.

Supermarket shopping trolley fast

Supermarket super-complaint: Which? demands action on “misleading” pricing

Tue, 21 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Consumer magazine hits out at “confusing” price structures

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Boom! Unemployment at a 6-year low

Fri, 17 Apr 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The number of people in work rose by 248,000 in the three months to February, compared with September to November 2014.

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Here's what could cause a “real housing crisis”, according to surveyors

Thu, 16 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

The prospect of mansion taxes and the changes to stamp duty are impacting housing sales in the run up to the general election.

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5 reasons business leaders don't trust Miliband with the economy

Tue, 14 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

“Financially illiterate” or “admirable”? The Labour leader divides opinion among business leaders

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Home counties top income tax tables - but where's London?

Mon, 13 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Here are the UK’s income tax hot-spots

Joust Cameron Miliband

Four reasons why *that* Tory support letter might not work

Wed, 1 Apr 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Should the Tories temper their exultation?

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