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English councils propose 'Tesco tax'

3 hours 40 min ago
A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax".
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Buyers' peril from rising house prices

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 21:19
Rising house prices left me high and dry - twice!
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US firm withdraws Mothercare offer

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 19:04
US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.
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Coach firm collapse affects hundreds

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 17:45
A travel company goes into administration with the loss of 89 jobs and a knock-on effect on hundreds of customer bookings.
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RBS shares surge on surprise profit

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 17:23
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to £2.65bn for the first half of the year.
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Brazil frees up $13bn for economy

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 17:14
In a bid to stimulate the sluggish economy, the Brazilian central bank announces plans to reduce the amount commercial banks have to keep in reserve.
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SFO in £3m settlement with Tchenguiz

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:59
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) agrees to a £3m settlement with the business tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz for his arrest in March 2011.
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Grouse off the shelves at M&S

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:39
Marks and Spencer says it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the way in which the game birds are killed.
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VIDEO: Osborne: GDP figures 'major milestone'

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:36
The Chancellor George Osborne has said that GDP figures showing the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak are a "major milestone".
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VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:28
Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.
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BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:10
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.
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Russia's surprise interest rate rise

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:20
Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".
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Why aren't I feeling better?

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 13:57
So why don't I feel better about my cashflow?
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UK economy back at pre-crisis level

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 13:42
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.
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VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:40
The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog
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Disabled face 'living costs penalty'

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:40
People with disabilities face a "premium" of £550 a month owing to extra transport, insurance and living costs, a charity has claimed, prompting a commission to be launched.
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VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:39
High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.
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'Youngsters' pocket money squeezed'

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:14
The economic recovery in the UK has not been felt by youngsters who have seen their pocket money fall in the last year, a survey suggests.
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VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:20
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.
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VIDEO: Mumbai's disappearing Parsi cafes

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 06:28
Mumbai's grand old Parsi cafes have long been a symbol of the city's diverse cuisine and culture, Sameer Hashmi looks at why they are dying out.
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