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Mortgage approvals 'rising again'

Mortgage approvals 'rising again'

Mortgage approvals increased for the first time in five months in June as stricter rules around home loan applications started to bed in, banks have reported.

PM vow over arms embargo breaches

PM vow over arms embargo breaches

David Cameron said he would act "very swiftly" if British arms exports to Russia were being deployed against Ukraine but insisted he did not believe an embargo had been breached.

£11bn deals target achieved early

£11bn deals target achieved early

A four-year target of raising £11 billion for the UK economy from deals signed during the London Olympics has been surpassed two years early, the Prime Minister has announced.

TalkTalk boosts Sky tie-up

TalkTalk boosts Sky tie-up

TalkTalk Telecom joined forces with Sky today to beef up its offer of on-demand sports television in the latest stage of the pair's battle with BT.

Flybe hails turnaround progress

Flybe hails turnaround progress

Regional airline Flybe said its planes are now three-quarters full on average after it ditched loss-making routes and stepped up fare promotions.
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Birthday loan promotion banned

Birthday loan promotion banned

An email from payday lender Pounds to Pocket has been banned for encouraging customers to use a short-term loan to fund birthday celebrations.
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Stocks rise on higher earnings

Stocks rise on higher earnings

Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the US stock market higher today.
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Osborne facing deficit challenge

Osborne facing deficit challenge

George Osborne was faced with a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target today as official figures showed the strain on public finances failed to ease in June and in fact worsened over the first quarter of the fiscal year.
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5,000 complain about PPI each week

5,000 complain about PPI each week

Up to 5,000 people are still complaining each week to the financial ombudsman about payment protection insurance, new figures show.
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Mail shares dive on parcels warning

Mail shares dive on parcels warning

Royal Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.
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