Black Friday: UK retailers pin hopes on American shopping extravaganza

Black Friday begins on Monday. If that’s the sort of sentence that elicits a double-take, I can only apologise — and say, blame the Americans.

Mark Leftly: David Cameron walks the walk but he needs to talk the talk with unions

Westminster Outlook Perhaps it was because he opted out of drinking with his advisers at the almost perfectly named Lefty’s, an old-time music hall in Brisbane, in the early hours of Sunday morning, but it was quite remarkable how fresh-faced David Cameron appeared on his return to the House of Commons.

Mark Leftly: Student loans - a sale waiting to happen if the Tories win

Westminster Outlook And here’s one of the first things a Tory government will privatise: the student loans book in England and Wales.

Mark Leftly: Babcock catches the City with its defences down

Westminster Outlook Babcock International’s share price has fallen this year. Yesterday, the FTSE 100 group’s order backlog was up 15 per cent to £18.5bn, reflecting huge contract wins in defence, nuclear decommissioning and naval repairs.

Brussels cap on bankers' bonuses is knee-jerk and ill-conceived

The EU move will only serve to jack up salaries and allowances — it will not reduce their overall pay

Jim Armitage: When a plural turns out to be singular

Outlook An interesting email floated this way via a circuitous route, but originating from the fund manager M&G’s headquarters. It contained a document seeking pitches for a new public relations agency to handle the spin-doctoring for its UK division.

Jim Armitage: When the British public put its stamp on privatisation

Outlook Forgive the nerdiness, but a snippet from Royal Mail’s half-year cashflow figures yesterday showed how savvy we Brits are about privatised utilities.

Royal Mail in trouble? Now, who would have guessed that, Vince?

Outlook Remember when the Government told us the Royal Mail flotation would ensure letters would be delivered from Land’s End to John O’Groats forever?

Hamish McRae: If you lend to the UK you are expecting a zero return. Seems mad?

Economic View: The valuations of the dotcom boom now look absurd. I suggest that applies to today’s bond market

James Moore: Astra’s new drugs could rekindle Pfizer’s interest

Outlook The single life seems to be suiting AstraZeneca. Touting an “industry-leading” line-up of hot new cancer drugs, the company has secured the endorsement of super-fund manager Neil Woodford, who gushed that his belief in the company’s independent future was “even stronger”.

Banks, wake up - complaints cost more than money

Outlook The way banks handle complaints has been a running sore with their consumers for many years. No wonder, when the man in charge of dealing with them at Lloyds seemed terribly proud of the fact that 30 per cent of those it rejected were subsequently upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). It’s more like 70 per cent when PPI cases are included. “We are the market leader,” declared Martin Dodd, customer services director of Lloyds while testifying before the Treasury Select Committee yesterday. If you’re the market leader by dint of having nearly a third (sorry, more than two thirds) of the complaints you throw out kicked back to you, that’s a bad market you’re in.

James Moore: All dressed up but nowhere to go – fashion’s search for cheap labour

Outlook Is the fashion industry’s race to the bottom of the wage scale about to come to an end?

The Barclays Premier League trophy

Yes, we can create jobs – but the future lies in creating better ones

We are probably still in the early stages of the effects of the IT revolution

The biggest contribution to the fall in the inflation rate came from a decline in the price of groceries

UK inflation rate rises to 1.3%: How will it affect you?

A year ago there were just 45 accounts that beat inflation - but that doesn’t mean savers are now in a better position now

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This year, more than ever, Britain will be swamped with discounts promising average cuts of 40%
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Questions over the tax regime when Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg will not go away
He may survive a right-wing coup, but the new boss of the EC still faces a struggle to shake off a tax scandal
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The Independent's Jamie Dunkley explains how the EU cap on bankers' bonuses works - and what it means for the City
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The EU move will only serve to jack up salaries and allowances — it will not reduce their overall pay, writes Chris Blackhurst
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Peter Diamandis wants to mine asteroids for construction metals, rocket fuel and strategic metals such as platinum
The entrepreneur, author and space enthusiast says the human race has its future on another planet, but for now ‘the only constant is change – and the rate of change is increasing’
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What took Ofcom so long? It’s been obvious for a while now that something is wrong with the way TV Premier League football rights are sold, says Chris Blackhurst
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Alexandra Tolstoy is now living with Sergei Pugachev, once known as Putin's banker, in London
The Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev and his English lover Alexandra Tolstoy hit hard financial times when his bank collapsed. Since the High Court froze his assets this year, they have had to live on ‘just’ £10,000 a week, Jim Armitage reports
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Sunday - Greece
Discussion of further fiscal stimulus ignores the high levels of debt, low growth rates and increasing borrowing costs that make the public finances of many countries unsustainable, writes Satyajit Das
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Blame for the return to recession has fallen on Shinzo Abe’s decision to hike sales tax
Shinzo Abe spoke of ‘three arrows’ of reform but, as Ben Chu reports, his plan to slash the deficit nosedived, with a shock return to recession
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Karren Brady has been a sidekick of Lord Sugar on ‘The Apprentice’ since 2010
Karren Brady heavily criticises Ukip leader for his views on gender equality in business
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A protest against low pay in Hyde Park: before the recession wages were rising at more than 4 per cent a year
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The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
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Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

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England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
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Kicking Barbie's butt

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