Lost in translation: it’s time that outsourcers were brought to justice

Answering his mobile phone, one grouchy Scottish MP moaned last week that secession was overshadowing crises in Syria and Iraq: “You want to talk about the referendum don’t you? I was just about to leave the house and go campaigning [for a No to independence].  I’m having to do this while the world goes to hell in a handbasket.”

Alibaba IPO: Lessons the City can learn from New York float

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Scottish independence: What a Yes vote would really mean in the longer term

Any American will tell you the country became independent on 4 July 1776, but it did not. That was the date of the Declaration in Philadelphia, but legal independence only arrived when the British government conceded it under the terms of the Treaty of Paris seven years later in 1783.

Jim Armitage: As the Phones 4U wrangle shows, it was a classic suckers’ market

Outlook: I like conspiracy theories as much as the next UFO enthusiast, but I find myself in the uncomfortable position of taking the side of the oligopolistic multinationals – Vodafone and EE – in the Phones 4U wrangle.

The Bank of England’s rate setters were suitably cautious over the direction of the eurozone, but it’s clear the UK is a growing economy

Hamish McRae on global cycles: The trick is to position ourselves to cope with the downturns

In terms of unemployment this recent recession was not as serious as the previous ones

James Moore: If hedge funds fail to deliver they must expect consequences

Sadly, no one’s forcing the world’s legislators to follow the rules

The collapse of Phones 4U will threaten the loss of 5,000 jobs

Chris Blackhurst: There is no one cause for the demise of Phones 4U

But the end result is unsatisfactory for most

Italian PM Matteo Renzi called for more help from the EU

Matteo Renzi’s corruption fighting cred in question over new ENI investigation in Italy

It's nearly time for the Sirocco to blow its wet and windy way through the Italian peninsula

James Moore: Takeover Panel may have to bare its teeth since playing nice is outmoded

Outlook: Companies pledging commitments may find themselves landed with supervisors to ensure they keep their promises

Latest figures say export growth in Britain has slowed to its lowest point since April, while factory output is at its weakest since the start of 2013

David Blanchflower: Prices are easing and industry is slowing. Why on earth would we put up interest rates?

The underlying trend in  factory output is its weakest since the start of 2003

Who wants to chair a British bank? A big fish or two in a very small pool

John McFarlane should be able to restore some confidence to Barclays

‘People listen to business leaders’ shock. Is it an omen for that other referendum?

Scots seem to be listening to the bosses on independence while the UK ignoring them on the EU

Jim Armitage: Shares in assault rifle makers among the most bet-against on Wall Street

Outlook Shell oil employees beware: your pension fund’s investment in that great peddlar of deadly weapons, Smith & Wesson, is coming under attack.

Alex Salmond and the nationalists reject claims that Scotland's economy would suffer if the UK broke up

Scottish independence: How Scotland could benefit if its big banks leave

It’s been a while since politicians have been so keen on hosting bankers. The confirmation from an array of banks yesterday that they will move their legal domiciles form Scotland to England if the “yes” campaign triumphs in next week’s independence referendum has provoked a tug of war between the two camps over financial services jobs.

Westminster Outlook: A wafer-thin ‘no’ vote and Scotland will be condemned to living in limbo

A “yes” vote in the independence referendum would be a terrible outcome for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Make no mistake, the rest of the UK would fall into recession, reopening the deep, freshly stitched wounds of the financial crisis, while business for far too long believed the line in Westminster that a vote to leave the Union was borderline impossible.

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