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The market may be attracting more investors, but they’re being more circumspect

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Denis O’Brien chats to former US President Bill Clinton in Haiti in 2011

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The Week Ahead: Bank of England to update on effective interest rates for April

As shoppers gear up for a summer spending spree buoyed by improving confidence in the economy, retail takes centre stage.

Sir Tony Atkinson

Sir Anthony Atkinson and the curious optimism of the godfather of inequality

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Italian drinks company Illva Saronno, the makers of Disaronno, are launching a new product in the UK costing £250 a bottle

Thirst for luxury: who would pay £250 for a bottle of spirits?

Italy's Illva Saronno is the latest brand to launch an ultra-expensive alcoholic beverage. But how big is the market for pricey liqour?

Average income per head is much higher in London than in the rest of the country, and the gap is growing at an increasing rate

Capital costs: London's divide with the rest of the UK needs to be bridged

Despite promises of a Northern Powerhouse, London's share of total UK household income is still growing.

Royal Park gardeners downed tools after bosses took away their right to a Christmas hamper worth £100

The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

Royal Park gardeners had a walkout this week over the withdrawal of their Christmas hampers. But this isn't the end of perk culture, as Caroline Corcoran discovers
The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Jonathan Hoffman: The former Lehman Brothers banker who is still fighting for his bonus

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The Week Ahead: Kingfisher set to disappoint as Screwfix sales rise

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‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?

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Tour operators Thomas Cook and Tui have cut forecasts for this year
Travel companies may be feeling the pinch as Aegean holidays dwindle, but car sales are buoyant, says Jamie Nimmo
Voices
Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ counselled against debt
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News
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire

Jim Armitage says that while it may sound good the $500m project has many pitfalls

News
The Chinese way: many investors haven’t completed high school

Shanghai Duolun Industry, a Chinese real estate company, managed to win over investors with a little re-branding in May. Ana Swanson reports.

News
Quindell deals in insurance claims but now faces its own sink or swim situation
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News
The estate has pumped money into transforming Regent Street into a luxury retail attraction, with brands such as J.Crew
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A protester shouts slogans during a pro-European demonstration in front of the Greek parliament in Athens. Greece's international lenders raised hopes for a vital bailout agreement to save Athens from default and a possible euro exit, despite warning no deal was likely at an emergency summit
Jim Armitage on the two key points commentators unerringly miss about the Greek crisis talks
News
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Ferrero, the Italian chocolatier behind Kinder Eggs, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, now owns a 29.9 per cent stake in Thornton
Jim Armitage laments Thorntons disappearance into the Italian maw of Ferrero
News
This year’s model: the summer look at Asos. A £1,000 investment in the retailer in 2001 would now be worth £160,000
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Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, hasn’t been chilling out since selling to Unilever. As he tells Margareta Pagano, he’s still passionate about ‘hippy values’. And now he’s helping other entrepreneurs

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Crowds in Walmart in California

There are lots of arguments about why Wal-Mart has been good for the American economy. Almost all are bunk, says Andrew Dewson.

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George Osborne has put plenty of pressure on Royal Bank of Scotland. Make it safe, make it lend and, now, make it saleable.The Chancellor might have chosen to add another: make it invest in its computer systems. James Ashton reports

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Six banks were fined, including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), for trying to manipulate foreign-currency prices are a stark reminder of the need for sweeping changes
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News
King Digital, the firm behind the hugely popular Candy Crush game, took its IPO to the New York Stock Exchange last year
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News
Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, said bailout conditions had ‘asphyxiated’ his country
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A Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner arriving at Heathrow Airport
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A giant Hong Kong $100 banknote stands in the window of HSBC’s Asia headquarters, but local citizens are worried about competition for jobs as links to the Pearl River delta region are strengthened
The Pearl River delta is now the world’s most populous area, bigger than Tokyo with a matching economy. Clare Jim and Lawrence White report on HSBC’s efforts to tap into the region’s potential – and the risks the bank faces
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