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Drop in spending power confidence

Drop in spending power confidence

Households' confidence in their spending power took a step backwards in April in the run-up to the general election, a report has found.

Javid rules out easier dismissals

Javid rules out easier dismissals

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has signalled the Government is not planning to revisit plans to make it easier for businesses to sack employees.

Salcombe priciest for seaside homes

Salcombe priciest for seaside homes

Salcombe in Devon has been named as Britain's most expensive seaside town to buy a home.

Bank to probe 'Brexit' economy risk

Bank to probe 'Brexit' economy...

The Bank of England has launched a project to assess the economic risks to Britain if the country votes to leave the European Union in the referendum promised by David Cameron.

Brittain named as Whitbread boss

Brittain named as Whitbread boss

A top executive at Lloyds is to become one of just a handful of female FTSE 100 bosses after being appointed to lead Premier Inn and Costa coffee owner Whitbread.
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Osborne boosted ahead of Budget

Osborne boosted ahead of Budget

George Osborne today received a boost ahead of his emergency summer Budget as official figures showed a better-than-expected improvement in the UK's public finances.
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US stocks lower ahead of holiday

US stocks lower ahead of holiday

US stocks have closed moderately lower on a relatively quiet day of trading ahead of a holiday weekend.
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Nationwide chief to step down

Nationwide chief to step down

Nationwide boss Graham Beale has announced that he is to retire after nine years in the job as Britain's biggest building society declared record annual profits today.
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Competition fears over Reckitt deal

Competition fears over Reckitt deal

Durex owner Reckitt Benckiser has run into resistance over plans to buy the K-Y lubricant brand after competition authorities found the deal could result in higher prices for consumers.
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Shock at Corfu deaths pair rehiring

Shock at Corfu deaths pair rehiring

The parents of two children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu have spoken of their shock after it emerged two men convicted over the deaths had returned to work in the industry.
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