Nice little learner: a supermarket checkout in 1978

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs: "I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"

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?

Campaigners say it is no coincidence the EU is looking at consumer-facing companies such as Amazon

Amazon's tax strategies may have met their match in Europe at last

The EU’s Joaquin Alumia wants to know if Luxembourg gave the online retail giant a ‘sweetheart’ deal. If it did, that could change everything

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Jay Z, here performing in LA on Monday, encouraged fans to follow their dreams in a tribute to Nelson Mandela
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Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker
As Qatar Airways buys a $1.7bn stake in BA owner IAG, Antonia Molloy takes a closer look at some of Qatar's customs and work practices
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In with a shout: the auction includes rights to 168 Premier League matches, including – for the first time – Friday night games
Next week’s auction for the rights to broadcast Premier League games could see bids hit £5bn. Nick Goodway reports on the corporate players
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This coming Tuesday marks 100 days until the general election
Mark Leftly: Can we outsource guns'n'ammo? We're still waiting for an answer
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Video: Oscar Williams-Grut provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City
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The profit margin on an iPhone 6 could be as high as 69 per cent
Soaring sales have given the tech giant its most lucrative trading quarter ever. Oscar Williams-Grut reports on the genesis of the world's favourite handset
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The Athens Stock Exchange yesterday; the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has pledged to avoid a clash with creditors
Whenever there is a political shock, you should beware of instant market reactions, says Hamish McRae
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Oil prices are at a six-year low but could pick up, analysts say
Russia is in trouble, Greece's future hangs by a thread and oil is tanking. Yet could now be a good time to buy into these markets? asks Simon Read
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links