James Moore: These latest CPI numbers add up to very bad news for Labour

Outlook Are we seeing the end of the cost-of-living crisis and with it one of Labour's best lines of attack against the Coalition Government?

Debenhams online plan better work or we'll see a Sharp end

Outlook Another factor that kept inflation down is the competition for the shopper's pound on the high street and especially online.

Don't expect pay restraint by Barclays new-boy Crawford Gillies

Outlook One thing that never seems to get cut is bankers' bonuses. Take Barclays, where they were boosted by 10 per cent despite falling profits.

James Moore: Barnier’s EU crackdown on HFTs won’t take effect for years – if ever

Now Michael Lewis has written about high-frequency trading in Flash Boys it has become big news.

James Moore: Why wasn’t fare-dodging hedge-fund manager named?

Loopholes are the very essence of the hedge-fund business. The funds’ managers are incredibly adapt at finding where they exist in financial markets and then exploiting them.

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke need to convince investors things are moving in the right direction

The business week ahead

Tesco is fast becoming the black sheep of the City and its chief executive, Philip Clarke, will have a tough job convincing investors things are moving in the right direction when the supermarket delivers full-year results on Wednesday.

Trustee savings banks had promoted the idea of saving

Lord Myners quits the Co-op: It's not who owns a company that matters – but how it's run

We are unlikely to create a new Co-op or set of mutuals, but the spirit they embody should be saved

Vladislav Inozemtsev: We can achieve the European Dream if we set ourselves the goal of uniting all the nations – and that includes Ukraine and Russia

If Europeans are brave and seduce neighbouring nations, the world will be a lot better

James Ashton: More entrepreneurs in
politics – that’s diversity

In San Francisco there is much excitement about Dropbox, an online document-sharing firm designed to chip away at the all-powerful Microsoft Office (in which Index is an investor). This week it paraded new apps that take it further into the Flickr and Instagram territory of photo sharing.

James Ashton: You can legislate for top pay
but it doesn’t seem to work

I am doubtful that the EU commissioner Michel Barnier has cracked the executive pay puzzle with his latest clampdown.

James Ashton: A few pricked bubbles won’t curb our appetite for a new wave of tech floats

Danny Rimer, a prime mover at the internet investment house Index Ventures, debunked a few theories when we met last summer.

Reform is needed at the Co-op, but a plc model won't work

It's chaos at the Co-op. That's one way of reading the resignation of its senior independent director Lord Myners in the midst of his governance review – one that's gone down in parts of the organisation like a cup of cold sick.

Mark Leftly: If we want to bridge the North-South divide, let's send the Lords to Salford

Westminster Outlook The North of England has been under-represented in terms of peers since Mauger le Vavasour made the 180-mile trek from Denton in Yorkshire to Westminster as one of the initial clutch of 14 commoners 766 years ago.

Ben Chu: Can the International Monetary Fund warn us of the next crisis?

Outlook The International Monetary Fund is often accused of failing to foresee the global financial crisis of 2008. And there's an element of truth in that criticism. The Fund's Global Financial Stability Report which was published in April 2007 was hardly a klaxon of alarm, yet it wasn't a soothing lullaby either.

Ben Chu: Don't expect revisions to save the day

Outlook It turns out we're a nation of savers after all. That's what some headlines implied this week after the Office for National Statistics said the new pan-European Union statistical methods it will implement this autumn will have the effect of boosting the household savings ratio from its current paltry-looking 5 per cent to a much healthier 10 per cent.

Life & Style
Facebook intends giving users the ability to transfer cash
The social network wants to tap into a new generation of smart spenders by entering the financial services arena
Chief executive Philip Clarke has introduced a new testing process so that customers can be sure that what is on the label is in the packet
The knives are out for Philip Clarke. But only a fool would write him off, yet... Alex Lawson reports
Chancellor George Osborne will reject tax cuts for middle classes in his Budget
Osborne’s handling of the economy has resulted in an ignominious defeat for the Chancellor, says David Blanchflower
Dividend time: The Co-op goes the extra mile with puddings for drivers. Now it has lost its way
The community-minded movement ticks a lot of boxes but its virtues have been squandered
York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive
A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide, James Legge reports
The London Book Fair took place this week in Earls Court, a showcase for the UK’s £3bn-a-year books business
By adopting the methods of their online rivals, traditional publishers can ensure a bright future. Gideon Spanier on the industry's resilience
Dan Loeb has a fearless and brash style
The 270-year old auction house has come out fighting against the hedge fund king's attack on its board. Laura Chesters reports
The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is the UK’s busiest container port
The IMF is sounding a warning shot over Britain's economy recover. Ben Chu examines how concerned we should be about prospects for growth
Bellyaching about foreign investors, empty properties and taxes won't stop a bubble. We must get building, says Chris Blackhurst
By 2016 Britain's biggest coal-fired generation station aims to produce half its electricity from biomass. Margareta Pagano meets the woman driving the transformation to a green future
Economic, financial and structural reform is badly needed- but no such reform is politically palatable, Satyajit Das
Caroline Murphy wanted to turn Murphy Group into a workers’ co-operative
The acceptable face of capitalism? Meet Caroline Murphy, the heiress who walked away from a fortune
Does the Chancellor want lots of eighty-year-olds in employment? And if so why? asks David Blanchflower
Office for Budget Responsibility head Robert Chote
The OBR's chair talks to Ben Chu about the Treasury's bad old days and whether he could work with Ed Balls
Cupid has to be agile to keep up with rivals
The online dating agencies are fighting it out for business as more and more Britons turn to a new way of looking for love. Alex Lawson reports on how money can be made out of romance
Balderton’s big hitters: (clockwise, from top left) ‘Grand Theft Auto’ which uses Natural Motion’s engine Euphoria; Betfair; Wonga; and LoveFilm
London's Balderton Capital, the capital behind Betfair and Wonga, is pulling the centre of gravity across the Atlantic, says Oscar Williams-Grut
Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Lewis exposed a Wall Street run by gambling addicts. These days he reckons it’s rigged, says Chris Blackhurst
The shadow banking system exemplifies a popular Chinese saying – “policies come from above; countermeasures from below”, says Satyajit Das
Andrew Tyrie says too much regulation has been ‘mindless box ticking’ designed to protect the regulators’ backs
Andrew Tyrie tells James Moore he believes financial reward should be earned, and senior figures held accountable
Steady and solid growth – rather than boom and bust – shows a welcome return to stability, says Hamish McRae
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Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

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