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Most firms optimistic over growth

Most firms optimistic over growth

More than half of firms expect to increase their workforce in the next year although many are worried that "burdensome" employment regulations could affect their business, according to a new report.

CBI in call over future spending

CBI in call over future spending

Rules stopping governments spending more than they earn on public services must be introduced once the deficit is wiped out, business leaders have recommended.

US stocks slip after Fed statement

US stocks slip after Fed statement

An optimistic statement from the US Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down as traders prepared for rising interest rates.

Mild weather hits Next profits

Mild weather hits Next profits

Britain's Indian summer will knock £25 million off profits at Next after the sustained period of mild weather saw its sales performance melt away.

UK moves up in business ranking

UK moves up in business ranking

The UK has moved up to eighth place in a World Bank list ranking economies on the ease of doing business.
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New mortgages fall to 14-month low

New mortgages fall to 14-month low

The number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers fell to a 14-month low in September, Bank of England figures show.
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Bankruptcies fall to 15-year low

Bankruptcies fall to 15-year low

The number of people going bankrupt has fallen to a 15-year low in England and Wales according to official figures, in further signs of a brightening economy.
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Yorkshire fined £4.1m over delays

Yorkshire fined £4.1m over delays

A building society has been fined £4.1 million on top of the £8.4 million it is already paying to compensate mortgage customers who were poorly treated when they got into difficulties.
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Magners owner hit by price squeeze

Magners owner hit by price squeeze

Sales of Magners have slumped by 17% after the cider brand lost market share and felt the impact of supermarket price wars.
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Support for cap on executive pay

Support for cap on executive pay

Almost two-thirds of people would support a cap on executive pay, according to a new report.
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