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Number of fines imposed by City regulator drops by 40%

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Financial Conduct Authority fines fewer individuals despite concerns raised by Libor rigging and other scandals Continue reading…

Pfizer-AstraZeneca takeover rumours prompt job concerns

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Astra and Pfizer decline to comment on report that informal discussions have taken place about a possible tie-up Continue reading…

Fashion retailers eye up image-recognition apps for smartphones

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Software from firms such as Snap Fashion and Style-Eyes lets shoppers upload photos of clothing and link to relevant stores Continue reading…

What would a 2014 Beveridge report say?

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Decades after want, ignorance, idleness, disease and squalor were identified as the bars to progress, there is still work to do Continue reading…

Ten steps to release the pressure in Britain’s housing superbubble

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As London property prices soar 18% in a year, a damaging housing boom now looks likely to spread across large parts of the country. What are the policy options to correct the market? Continue reading…

Cheeky half-truths when Mr Osborne goes to Washington

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The chancellor’s speech to a rightwing thinktank made much of recent signs of recovery and little of years of stagnation Continue reading…

If Britain wants to become a nation of makers, why not a five-year plan?

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There are many things about the Chinese model it would be unwise to emulate. But its active industrial strategy serves it well Continue reading…

Photo finish for William Hill’s Topping?

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The bookie’s departing chief could well have a good summer, marred only slightly by betting terminals tax Continue reading…

British Gas denies it pays its staff extra for bumping up customers’ bills

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Whistleblower claims staff were encouraged to sell the most expensive deals to charities and small businesses Continue reading…

Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for ‘dodgy directors’

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Measures would allow courts to ban those with overseas convictions and order compensation for victims of misconduct Continue reading…