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David Blanchflower: Heard that the UK's the fastest-growing economy? Don't you believe it

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James Moore: Theresa May's migrant student plans to 'send 'em all back' is economic insanity

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The fall in the oil price will hit Russia hard, but is unlikely to personally affect the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin

Most pundits are wrong. The oil price fall is good news at last

The UK is a net importer, and lower costs are just what is needed to sustain and broaden the recovery
Havana Club rum, produced in San José de las Lajas, Cuba, cannot be exported to the US because of its trade embargo

Mark Leftly: A privatisation that should stay under lock and key

Westminster Outlook Interserve’s managing director of justice services, Yvonne Thomas, has tried to ease the concerns of the 2,000 probation personnel being take on by the outsourcing group as part of the Purple Futures partnership.

Mark Leftly: The City can’t toe the party line. It must talk to all the election contenders

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Pain for Russia, gain for the West - the price of low oil

Vladimir Putin warned yesterday it could take Russia two years to emerge from its current economic crisis. What does that imply for Russia? And what knock-on effects could this have on the rest of the world?

James Moore: Time for taxpayers to gain from Lloyds bailout

Outlook The fact that Lloyds Banking Group is unlikely to pay a dividend until 2016 doesn’t appear to have cooled the Government’s ardour for selling off the state’s stake.

James Moore: Settling scores over pay with Sir Martin Sorrell

Outlook Welcome to the jungle Roberto Quarta. The new WPP chairman is a former industrialist turned serial non-executive director. He  currently chairs Smith & Nephew and IMI, but the medical equipment maker and the metal basher aren’t in the same ball park as WPP when it comes to generating heat. They’re not in the same league.

James Moore: Here’s who can stop the bullying by our food-making behemoths...

Outlook Consider, if you will, the response by  2 Sisters Food Group to the mounting scandal over its treatment of its suppliers. In the wake of revelations that the maker of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfella’s pizza has been asking some of them for four months grace before paying them, it suggested that this was merely the starting point in a negotiation. So that’s alright then.

Hamish McRae: Fear factor? Let’s worry about stagnation rather than catastrophe

Economic View: We are not facing anything like as grave a crisis as we have twice in the past decade

Has BT's dashing boss backed the right horse?

Midweek View

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Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring
Don't you believe it, says David Blanchflower
News
Premier Foods changed its policy on 'pay to stay' contracts for its suppliers after they were exposed
If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
News
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
While low oil prices are toxic for the energy export-dominated Russian economy, they are a boon for Western consumers, says Ben Chu
News
Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
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, says Oscar Williams-Grut
News
The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
Voices
Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
News
Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
News
The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
Uber facing down the cabbies by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes, says Oscar Williams-Grut
News
VIDEO City analysts sound the alarm over the upcoming Premier League rights auction as shares in TV giant slide
News
Self-employment is particularly important in construction
Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages, writes David Blanchflower
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