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Election 2015 hots up

Election dissection: A rapid round-up of the week’s political proceedings

Fri, 27 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which parties are on track, and which have gone off the rails?

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Real wages are rising for the first time since 2007, says EY

Mon, 23 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

As inflation rates fall, wages surge ahead of prices

Backhander money

Private equity chiefs using “government-sponsored tax avoidance”, to save £700m a year, investigation finds

Thu, 19 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Research highlights the money pipeline between political parties and private equity houses

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You could save £234 by switching energy suppliers, finds competition probe

Wed, 18 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Watchdog investigating obstacles preventing customers switching

Books books galore

The most desired jobs in Britain will definitely surprise you

Tue, 17 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Forget the most popular, we just want to know which 7% of people want to be a call centre worker

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Rock-bottom: Inflation just plummeted to a record lowVideo

Tue, 17 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Well, it’s good news for consumers, at least.

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Good news: CBI upgrades its economic forecast for the UK

Mon, 16 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Some (rare) positive news for Britain

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HSBC whistleblower’s original 2008 email to HMRC found

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Why didn’t HMRC act on the information?

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Election Dissection – a swift ride through the week’s political news

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which parties are encountering turbulence? Who’s on the war path? Is anyone winning? Here’s what’s been happening

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Deflation could be just around the corner, warns Carney

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

And he’s not ruling out more quantitative easing or even a further cut to interest rates

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“Dracula is in charge of the blood bank”: Row rages over sugar companies funding government obesity studies

Thu, 12 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Conflict of interest brouhaha erupts over research funded by snack food companies

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SNP: austerity has “categorically and comprehensively failed”

Wed, 11 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Renegotiating spending cuts would be the party’s number one priority if it wins the balance of power

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HSBC scandal: MPs to conduct “urgent” investigation into bank’s conduct

Tue, 10 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Revelations about world’s second largest bank mean difficult questions for UK government

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UK petrol prices set to rise, say motoring groups

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

As crude oil prices revive, the cost of fuel could soon increase

Square Mile

A tale of two Cities? Square Mile divided over Europe

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Hedge funds vs Investment bankers – the fight is on

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Ouch. Osborne’s pension giveaway is “intergenerational theft” costing taxpayers £300m

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Chancellor comes under fierce criticism from traditional allies

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Businesses beat the winter blues: January's 8-month activity high

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

London firms have a stellar start to the year, and optimism abounds across UK

Procastination

Workplace procrastination costs UK businesses £76bn a year

Tue, 3 Feb 2015

We’re all just so easily distrac

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Former M&S chief joins the fray as things get ugly between Labour and big business

Tue, 3 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Why are retail bosses concerned that Labour are anti-business?

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The biggest risk to the world economy, according to Osborne

Mon, 2 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Will your business be affected?

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Hurrah! London firms to embark on hiring spree

Mon, 2 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Half of London businesses expect to grow their workforce, and nearly as many plan pay rises

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Election dissection: Political stew, boiled down

Fri, 30 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Our weekly what’s-what as we count down to the election

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Young people hit hardest (again) by low wages

Fri, 30 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

It’s not really good news for anyone

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High-net-worth individuals own 38% of UK wealth with $3.5 trillion

Thu, 29 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

And numbers are rising, all round

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Here's another big hint that it'll be a while before interest rates go up

Thu, 29 Jan 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Also - what is the Bank of England base rate, and why should you care?

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Highs & lows: Fastest economic growth since 2007... but it slowed again in Q4 2014

Tue, 27 Jan 2015

Should we celebrate or commiserate the latest GDP figures?

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The super-rich are buying property to flee to because they’re scared the poor will rise up

Tue, 27 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Fear of civil unrest prompts super-rich to buy “getaway” boltholes

UK electricty power

SSE becomes fifth Big Six energy firm to cut prices

Mon, 26 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which company still hasn’t reduced its prices?

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