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A contract has been renewed that will secure the future of the Post Office card account until at least November 2021, the government has confirmed.
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Ofcom, the UK's telecoms regulator, has named senior Treasury official Sharon White as its new chief executive.
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A new £55m cell therapy manufacturing centre in Stevenage is set to create up to 150 jobs, it is announced.
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Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.
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There is a new wave of feminism says the actor Gemma Arterton backing an MP's call for equal pay for women.
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Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.
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The annual rise in UK house prices slowed in October, official figures show, but prices still went up much faster than the general cost of living.
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The rouble slides again to near all-time lows despite a dramatic move by Russia's central bank to raise rates to 17% from 10.5%.
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Cheaper fuel prices have pushed the UK's rate of inflation down to a 12-year low, official statistics show.
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The price of Brent crude drops below $60 a barrel for the first time in more than five years as oil prices continue to slide.
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Retail expert Mary Portas accuses the government of making "token gestures" to rejuvenate Britain's struggling high streets.
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Energy shares pull the London market lower yet again, as the price of Brent crude oil drops below $60 a barrel.
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Asian markets extended losses with the Nikkei closing down more than 2% as investors pulled back on falling oil prices.
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The Co-operative Bank has failed a "stress test" carried out by the Bank of England to assess major UK lenders' ability to withstand another financial crisis.
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China's factory activity is in contraction at the year-end, based on a private survey, reinforcing calls for more stimulus.
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A private survey shows that China's key manufacturing sector is suffering a slowdown.
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Just over 4,000 Rolls Royce cars will be built this year, a record number and Asia is a major market.
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Unwrapping Africa's red tape
16 Dec 2014 1:41:12
Self-made billionaire on how to do business in Africa
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Has China really got the largest economy in the world?
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National Australia Bank sells nearly $2bn of bad loans in the UK as part of a strategy to exit an unprofitable business.
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Scientists have built the biggest battery in Europe, to see if it can store power locally, rather than rely on the national grid. It could cut consumer's energy bills.
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Trinidad's music pirates are still at large
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The tech thwarting shopping's "returnaholics"
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Retail guru Mary Portas accuses the government of making "token gestures" in response to her 2011 review into how to rejuvenate struggling High Streets.
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The telecoms giant BT looks to buy EE - Britain's largest mobile network group - for £12.5bn
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