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After Royal Mail, ministers might adjust their set on selling Channel 4

The criticism levelled at Vince Cable over the botched Royal Mail flotation this week might have an unlikely consequence. No, it won’t claim the Business Secretary’s scalp because in a delicately balanced Coalition Cabinet, the Liberal Democrat is too big to fail.

My Week: Tax tourism is a flagship policy, and Obama is helping things along

There are several factors that have turned the cross-border mergers and acquisitions tap back on this year. A recovering world economy, boardroom confidence and cash piled high on balance sheets have all played a part. Over lunch this week, one senior corporate adviser pointed out another secret weapon in generating deal fees: Barack Obama.

The appeal of London? It may just be a matter of time

My Week Lance Uggla might have floated his financial data company Markit on Nasdaq, but the Canadian was evangelical over breakfast about the appeal of running a business in London.

My week: Banking already has a new look, but the biggest changes are yet to come

And goodwill breaks out between buyers and sellers in the City

Anthony Jenkins says he is ready for the high-tech battle with PayPal and Amazon

Antony Jenkins: Techie-feely - it's the new Barclays way

The chief executive is changing the bank’s culture through a gentle style and technological innovation. James Ashton asks him if it will be enough to win back the trust of customers and investors

A Chancellor and Governor who aren’t at war – we’d better get used to it

My week: Discord between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England is such a distant memory that is was interesting to hear both incumbents of the roles dig deep into the history books to find some at the annual Mansion House bankers’ dinner on Thursday night.

Government help for small business is once again too little, too late

My Week: The Independent's Business Editor shares his top stories

Brussels’ nannying retail investors can sometimes cost them money

After high hopes of a sustained run, the new-issues market is flagging.

One of Britain’s biggest landlords has labelled a quarter of all shopping space as 'technically obsolete' as ailing high streets struggle to cope with the onslaught of online retail

Exclusive: Quarter of all shopping space is obsolete, says property chief Chris Grigg

One of Britain’s biggest landlords has labelled a quarter of all shopping space as “technically obsolete” as ailing high streets struggle to cope with the onslaught of online retail.

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Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
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Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
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Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
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Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
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The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
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US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence