Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October

Rocket Internet: Attack of the online clones

The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here

The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone

Uber beefs up lobbying efforts in Europe to replicate US success

Car-booking service Uber is facing down the cabbies’ protests it has attracted worldwide by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes

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Data from Companies House suggests 2014 will prove to have been a record year for start-ups: by the end of October, just short of 500,000 new businesses had been incorporated since the beginning of the year, 63,000 more than at the same time last year, itself a record year for launches.

Mark Carney inside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, London

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The power couple who ran Gucci have gone, and in comes an insider charged with making the designer label even more exclusive

The Ferrari factory in Maranello churns out cars whose high-end credentials could be diluted by the diversification championed by chairman Sergio Marchionne

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Alan Rusbridger is to let a ‘younger pair of hands take over the reins’

What next for The Guardian?

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Dating is one of the industries transformed by the internet, but that doesn’t explain why Cupid sold a potentially lucrative part of its business

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Founder of Metro Bank and Atom, Anthony Thomson (left) and Paul Pester, chief executive of TSB

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The latest online lender has attracted top City backers. But can these new challenger banks really change the face of the industry?

PlayStation at 20: how Sony’s console has grown up with its players

PlayStation Europe’s CEO, Jim Ryan, on PlayStation’s 20th birthday, and where it might go in its next 20 years

The brand’s more expensive Cara Delevingne bags have been selling well

Mulberry bags its return to the catwalk

As the retailer reveals dire first-half results, a Christmas campaign, fresh strategy and new creative director offer some salvation

The ‘Magic of Flying’ advertising campaign on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus

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