The decor is more reminiscent of a hotel lobby or one of BA’s lounges

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The Week Ahead: UK manufacturing data will sit in the shadow of China

A rise in US interest rates appears to have been written off in the wake of the recent market turmoil

Paula Vennells said she would ‘rather sell a mortgage than a premium bond’

Paula Vennells interview: Post Office chief banks on financial services in the digital age

The Post Office's core services hark back to a previous age

At the Hinkley point of no return, is this a nuclear white elephant?

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Dave Lewis built a formidable reputation at Unilever, but some were concerned by his lack of retail experience

What difference has a year under new leadership made for Tesco?

When Dave Lewis took the helm 12 months ago, he had to quickly deal with scandals over its accounts, supplier dealings and stagnating sales. Alex Lawson looks at the changes he has made and how effective they have been

Stonewall, which marches at London Pride, is working with firms in the professions to promote equality

Why property firms still need to build diversity in the workplace

Homophobic attitudes in the construction and property sectors are shockingly prevalent, according to research this week.  Joanna Bourke reports on the moves to shed the industry's 'male, pale and stale' image

Apple’s boss contacted TV stations yesterday to argue its China business was ‘strong’, helping arrest the fall in its shares

Is this the end of the road for billion-dollar tech unicorns?

With shares in Apple – which actually makes money – plunging, the values of start-ups such as SnapChat are looking questionable

Online gambling operator 888.com is a client of XL Media, which specialises in driving internet users to its site

The Week Ahead: Bwin.Party and suitor 888 Holdings to unveil half-year results

Rival gambling group Paddy Power is also set to reveal its half-year results

Nicaragua teaches a lesson in the power of micro loans

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As the bank tries to leave the era of Paul Flowers behind, it is not expecting to be in the black any time soon

Forget profits: all Co-op Bank can promise is blood, sweat and tears

The troubled bank has revealed that losses trebled in the first half, making it clear how it avoided a £120m fine from regulators last week

The third film trilogy, beginning with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in December, will take the Disney machine through to 2020

Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Films and theme parks are just the beginning. Disney believes its control of the now decades-old franchise can bring in merchandise and marketing millions for years to come

BT has used sport to bolster its position in the pay TV sector

Delia Bushell: The BT boss shooting for Sky with BBC alliance

BT has aired its first Champions League game, presented by Gary Lineker. And now its managing director of TV and sport boss, tells Ian Burrell what will come next

Glencore's chief executive Ivan Glasenberg

Can Ivan Glasenberg dig Glencore out of trouble this time?

Shares in the commodities trader were worth 530p when it went public in May 2011. Yesterday they touched a new low of 169p – and now the firm is a target for the activist investor who once waged war on the Saatchi brothers

Burger-flipping robots become that much more cost-competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled

How raising the US minimum wage to $15 could lead to robot-powered fast-food restaurants

Labour-saving technology that has so far been rolled out could replace cashiers

The Week Ahead: Investec sees challenging times for Glencore

Wednesday is also the day that shareholders of Playtech vote on the company’s £460m takeover of troubled trading platform Plus500

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James Moore, Outlook: It’s delicious. UBS, a controversial bank that has had a great deal of trouble with managing its money, has hired Annie Leibovitz, a controversial celebrity photographer
Voices
Stock prices in China: Economic power has shifted east, and emerging market equities can bring rewards - and risk
Ben Chu, Economic View: The key here is not to sell with the herd when markets drop sharply but to ride it out.

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Candidates are facing tougher and weirder questions than ever in job interviews
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Power and the glory? An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C, which it is envisaged will start generating in 2026 and account for 7 per cent of British consumption
Environmentalists are far from alone in opposing an 'expensive mistake'
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Sir Mike Rake
James Moore, Outlook: Pick a flotation candidate – any candidate – and you will find directors and owners having second thoughts.
News
Dave Lewis built a formidable reputation at Unilever, but some were concerned by his lack of retail experience
Alex Lawson looks at the changes Dave Lewis has made
News
Women and men stand in an office
Two economists have come up with a formula to quantify the gender gap
News
An investor reads a newspaper in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, China. China's major stock indexes sank more than 6 percent in early trade on Tuesday, after a catastrophic Monday that saw Chinese exchanges suffer their biggest losses since the global financial crisis, destabilising financial markets around the world.
Satyajit Das, Das Capital: The ‘Chinese dream’ risks turning into a nightmare for its investors and its leaders.

News
Paddy Power is well-known for eye-catching promotional stunts, such as this balloon at the Cheltenham Festival
Outlook: It isn’t hard to see Paddy Power and Betfair's investors are excited
News
A view through smog over the 02 Arena and the Canary Wharf financial district in London. The BBC weather centre predicts a potential 8 or 9 out of 10 level of air pollution likely to be found in East Anglia and the East Midlands
James Moore:

“Sell in May go away, buy again on St Leger Day” runs the old City saying. 

News
Stonewall, which marches at London Pride, is working with firms in the professions to promote equality
Jo Bourke investigates 'prevalent' homophobic attitudes in the construction and property sectors
News
Spokespeople for the companies involved, including BHP Billiton, stressed their political neutrality
James Moore, Outlook:

The sort of name recognition enjoyed by the likes of Tesco or Barclays is not something BHP Billiton is ever going to achieve.

News
The Chinese stock market has faced its own 'Black Monday'
James Moore, Outlook:This is what happens when humans are replaced by computers.
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Everything you need to know about the global stock market meltdown and what it means
News
Rupert Scofield, founder of microfinance institution Finca, shows Matthew Glynn how it has changed lives
News
Laura Wade-Gery, the M&S executive in charge of the company's 870 UK stores and website, is going on maternity leave, the retailer announced today
James Ashton, My Week After her moment on the front pages, Laura Wade-Gery should be left to get on with it
News
Online gambling operator 888.com is a client of XL Media, which specialises in driving internet users to its site
Jim Armitage, Outlook: The takeover battle for the Bwin.party online gambling company has had more twists than an all-night blackjack session.
Voices
A file photograph showing a HSBC corporate logo outside a branch of the bank in central London, England, 09 February 2015
Ben Chu, Voices : Aristotle was not a fan of interest rates but the father of Western philosophy nevertheless might have been at home in modern Britain.
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Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters
Jim Armitage, Outlook: Next time there’s a financial meltdown, your money could be rescuing Goldman Sachs.
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The Bank of England
Jim Armitage, Outlook:The British economy remains basking in the glow of super-low inflation.
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