The wealth that failed to trickle down: The rich do get richer while poor stay poor, report suggests

The free-market right promised cutting taxes for the wealthy would make us all better off. But new research suggests that when the rich get richer, the poor stay poor

The Week Ahead: Did Dixons Carphone escape the Black Friday curse?

Has Dixons Carphone been hit by the Black Friday curse? Last week Game Digital put out a profit warning and Argos revealed its worst Christmas sales for three years – both blamed the imported discounting craze for their woes.

An exchange in Geneva feels the strain after the Swiss National Bank set the currency free against the euro

When the markets plunge into chaos on the toss of a coin

The Swiss abandoned the cap on the value of the franc and suddenly there was panic from New York to West Ham

Mario Draghi has to perform a delicate balancing act – keeping the Germans happy but also getting value for money

ECB President Mario Draghi dips his toe in QE waters

As the eurozone struggles, the European Central Bank seeks a course of quantitative easing to boost growth. What does this involve and will it work?

Coming out on top: at Goldman Sachs’ headquarters in London, complaining about your cheque is a ‘sackable offence’

The first rule of Goldman Sachs bonuses is: you do not talk about them...

In the coming week, the bank’s staff will find out if they are millions of pounds better off – or looking for another job. Jim Armitage talks to insiders about the great unmentionable

The Week Ahead: Has Asos’s Christmas been as bad as Boohoo’s?

There are worries in the City that Asos may have had a tough Christmas

Why the wheels fell off Circle's hospital job

The Hinchingbrooke Hospital contact has cost its private backers money and reputation

Lei Jun is keen to distance himself from comparisons to the late Apple boss Steve Jobs

Xiaomi: The Chinese phone giant taking a bite out of Apple

Samsung and Apple go largely unchallenged in the West. But in China, there's a new 'hero company' making rapid headway

The run on Northern Rock

Bank of England's financial crisis struggles revealed: The hidden history of the crisis

Newly released minutes of the Bank's Court meetings reveal some fascinating Threadneedle Street rows and misjudgements

HereO children’s watches, equipped with GPS so parents can locate their offspring, are on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

CES 2015: The next big thing? Watch this space for smartwatches, fitness trackers and other wearable devices

The CES exhibition in Las Vegas is awash with wristbands, watches and smart garments but, as Mohana Ravindranath reports, the technology has some developing to do

Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun speaks at a launch ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in Beijing on 22 July, 2014

Xiaomi, Porsche, Asos: 10 companies with names you never knew how to pronounce

When it comes to these businesses, you will no longer be tongue-tied

The Week Ahead: Wait for supermarkets' reports on Christmas trading

The City expects supermarkets won’t have had turkey with all the trimmings for Christmas this year.

Miranda Pode says boards could do more to promote diversity but that women also need to break free of their own

Will 25/25 vision be enough to make the FTSE a woman's world?

Britain's most influential headhunter says it won't take quotas, just persuasion, for a quarter of the UK's top firms to employ female chiefs

Mulberry can recover from a disappointing year

Playing the markets: Our 2015 ten to follow for share success

After beating the markets in a tough 2014, James Moore rounds up tips from 'Independent' staff for a prosperous New Year and beyond

Google glasses wearers (glassholes)

Our New Year jargon guide: The words we'll miss in 2015

Flash boys in the City's dark pools love to Babble in the latest buzzwords. Richard Northedge necknominates the highs and lows of last year's jargon

‘Missing our deals will haunt you’ – Phones 4U’s TV ad came back to haunt it
It seemed bad enough that a popular retailer could be allowed to collapse simply because its suppliers suddenly decided to pull the plug. Now Simon Neville reveals who got their money back – and who didn't
Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis has decided to buy out Euphorium completely. Jim Armitage reports
Bernanke’s move does show the more subtle side of the Washington-Wall Street nexus, says Jim Armitage
For Britain’s multinationals, a global economic recovery looks to be under way, says Jim Armitage
There is no reason to expect secular stagnation – even if it is hard to see quite where growth will come from, says Hamish McRae
Margrethe Vestager wants small businesses to have a fair representation on search engines
Margrethe Vestager, the EU's new competition watchdog and one of the most prominent and well-liked figures in Danish politics, has taken on the technology giant over its alleged abuse of the market. Oscar Williams-Grut reports
A Lehman Brothers employee leaves the bank’s European headquarters
Ben Chu asks: has the industry really absorbed the fund segregation lesson? And are regulators succeeding in enforcing the rules?
David Cameron unveils the Conservative party manifesto in Swindon (PA)
The OBR was told by the last government not to audit the election manifestos. Jamie Murray on why that should change.
Margaret Thatcher with the new owners of a property in Essex which was sold for just over £8,000 in 1980
The Tories want to revive and extend Margaret Thatcher’s flagship housing policy. Ben Chu looks at what the possible consequences could be
Tony and Cherie Blair on the day he was elected
Mark Leftly with Parliamentary Business
British Gas announced yesterday that it will cut bills – but only by 5 per cent, and not until the end of next month, when the coldest weather is likely to be over
But shareholders in Centrica will take heart. Even as customers may brace for  the worst, says Jim Armitage
Paper trail: Deidre has a crack team of letter-writing lieuten-aunts, armed with cups of tea and a bank of good sense
Just when you thought banker bashing might finally come to an end, another hideous toad crawls out from under a rock to stir the public’s justified indignation yet again. Jim Armitage takes a peek
Shopping on Oxford Street: the new year begins with a rise in VAT, which will impact on high-street spending
There’s something perverse about the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to block Poundland’s attempted takeover of 99p Stores, says Simon Neville
Ferdinand Piech, the chairman, at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany
Ferdinand Piëch, the powerful chair of VW, has fallen out with his chief executive and protégé Martin Winterkorn. Tony Patterson lifts the bonnet and examines what’s going on at the German automobile giant
The Conservative party is ahead of Labour in the polls for the first time since 2011, with the NHS likely to matter more to people than the economy when they decide how to vote in the general election (EPA)
Be sceptical when you hear tales of impending financial panic during election campaigns, warns Ben Chu
China’s size and complexity frequently obscures its reality, says Satyajit Das
Max-Hervé,  a Frenchman who lives in Switzerland, does not immediately strike you as a financial terrorist or a man who might be a billionaire by the end of the decade.
The Frenchman could end up destroying, or owning, the company which runs the pension funds for hundreds of thousands of people. John Lichfield speaks to him
Labour says higher corporation tax would be used to finance a cut in business rates. David Prosser reports
The trade deficit has worsened amid difficulties in export markets
The UK’s trade deficit worsened by much more than had been expected, says David Blanchflower
Number 16: ExxonMobil President and CEO Rex Tillerson, his company is the world's biggest oil and gas producer
Even taking Exxon’s recent chest beating about its appetite for deals Jim Armitage thinks it's unlikely
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...