Unseasonably warm weather has seen high street retailers struggling to shift winter clothes

Taking a leaf from Next’s book

The retailer’s warning about unseasonable weather was dismissed as overly cautious – but the City has warmed to the retailer while M&S keeps it in the dark

Nice little learner: a supermarket checkout in 1978

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Saturday jobs help young people to avoid future failure in the workplace, says the businesswoman Baroness Brady. So how did these Independent writers earn their first pay cheques?

Bill Maris interview: Google Ventures into Europe

The online giant is here and ready to invest

The Week Ahead: Focus on under-pressure oil and gas sector

The under-pressure oil and gas sector will be in focus this week as a raft of producers and explorers update the market.

Why do employers rarely offer explanations to rejected candidates?

Will you tell that guy that you won't grab dinner with him because, to be honest, you found him a bit creepy and plus he's kind of ugly?

The former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arrives at Court to testify at the AIG trial

Is AIG's former boss the $180bn bailout victim?

AIG could have brought down the financial system in 2008. Its ex boss is now suiing the US for rescuing it – in a case backed by Occupy and the Tea Party

Carrefour is now just 5 per cent more expensive on brands than Lidl in France

Bon appétit: France offers Tesco hope in the supermarket price wars

Eyes will be on the firm this Thursday as it unveils half-yearly results. It should look to France, where grocers can show UK retailers how to beat the discounters

Big Tobacco puts countries on trial as concerns over TTIP deals mount

As Philip Morris sues Uruguay over its health warnings, the tiny country has found itself a test case for big business lawsuits that could hit the EU

The ‘Oasis of the Seas’, the largest cruise ship in the world

Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week. Simon Usborne measures up some giants of the sea
Jimmy Choo, whose shoes are designed by Sandra Choi (left), only raised £545m from its London listing

Are IPOs falling out of fashion?

As Virgin Money shelves plans to list on the stock market and designer Jimmy Choo endures a cut-price debut, James Moore considers the outlook for firms wanting to raise funds

We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’

Simon Murray: Soldier, explorer, chairman, sexist?

He is famed for his views on women executives. Now he’s firmly in a man’s world: finding oil in a warzone

The BBC’s studios at Media City in Salford, whose mayor typifies the kind of civic leader the regions need

Legal & General chief executive's three steps to fiscal fortitude

After a decade of wage decline and falling tax receipts, it’s no surprise the deficit is proving hard to clear. Here’s a solution, says Nigel Wilson

Eurostar’s sale is expected to attract £300m with French state-controlled firm Keolis tipped to bid

The Great British sell-off. Who’s in?

A stake in Eurostar is up for grabs and will herald a privatisation jamboree to tackle the nation’s debts and fix the economy. But not everyone is keen

Canada Goose's distinctive parkas have become increasingly popular, in spite of the fact that many of its products sell for close to £1,000

Canada Goose: From Arctic utility to urban chic

How a coat loved by rural airline workers became the world's must-have winter jacket
Minecraft has won praise for its minimal violence and for stimulating spatial awareness

Built to last: the Minecraft model

Minecraft is the most successful game since Angry Birds, but will it retain its minimal merchandising strategy once it’s in the hands of Microsoft?

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A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donetsk
Last year was more expensive for air disasters than any year since 2001. Jamie Dunkley examines the cost to the underwriters of aviation risk
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The rise in the number of whistleblowers is impressive whichever way you look at it, says James Moore
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The institution is now controlled not by a co-operative but by hedge funds, where these sort of payments are par for the course, says James Moore
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The Treasury Select Committee will today take one of its last chances before Parliament’s dissolution to bowl another bouncer at the chest of the Financial Conduct Authority. James Moore on why we must watch over our watchmen
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Princess Anne talks to Anthony Constantinou at the London Boat Show
Anthony Constantinou’s infancy was shattered by tragedy, but he went on to build a multimillion-pound City of London  business. Yet now the shadow of the law hangs over the boss of Capital World Markets, reports Jim Armitage
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USC was put into administration by Sports Direct and was bought back immediately also by Sports Direct, with its £15.3m debts to staff, suppliers and landlords wiped clear
We’ve known for a while that Sports Direct sails close to the wind in terms of its business practices. After the performance of its chairman, James Moore says a more apt metaphor might be that it has been dancing with a hurricane
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Ben Chu has the answers
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MP Stella Creasy
Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
History has shown that if you propose even a modest reform to the UK’s pension market you’re guaranteed a migraine from the bellyaching, notes James Moore
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Ticket signs at Victoria Station on January 2, 2015 in London, England. Increased rail fares averaging 2.5% come into effect today, pushing the cost of some commuters annual rail fares to more than �5,000. Earlier this week, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said that he would not be receiving his annual bonus because of the major rail disruption passengers faced over the Christmas period, which was caused by engineering works that overran.
Far from relieving the pressure on trains, the 16 per cent increase in seats might not even be enough to cope with the growth in passenger numbers, says James Moore
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The story of Georgiou’s alleged fraud snugly fits the victim narrative so beloved of the country’s government, says Jim Armitage
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
Could pension providers’ loss be small businesses’ gain? David Prosser finds out
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George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
No ifs or buts, says David Blanchflower: last week’s mean-spirited heartless roller-coaster Budget was designed to smash the state and make the poor poorer.
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What a shame that Next doesn’t do more to share that success with its employees, says James Moore
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Spring breakers enjoy a pool party – but some fear that university debt will soon cripple the US economy
The cost of going to college has fuelled a $1.3trn debt bubble that some experts fear could burst just like the subprime mortgage one did. Andrew Dewson reports on how a degree may no longer be the route to an affluent lifestyle in the US
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Now that George Osborne has finished throwing his confetti of numbers down the aisle of the House of Commons in an attempt to prolong his marriage with a weary nation’s finances, James Moore asks an important question: do they add up?
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People queue at a currency exchange office in Geneva on 15 January, after the shock move by Switzerland’s central bank
The spread-betting giant IG has admitted that it may never claw back most of the £18m lost by its clients after the Swiss scrapped their currency ceiling – and now its credit controls are under scrutiny. Russell Lynch investigates
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George Osborne will present his sixth Budget on Tuesday
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James Moore: it says a lot about the supermarket sector that Sainsbury’s reporting a 1.9 per cent fall in sales at stores open at least a year is being viewed as a good result
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Follow financial markets for long enough and you’ll realise once-in-a-lifetime events are more common than people would have you believe, says James Moore
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