A Grimsby trawler: outside the South-east the economy is weak

David Blanchflower: The problem for the Tories is that their economic plan has failed

There is widespread evidence that under-employment has risen even more sharply than the unemployment rate

Stupidly, the election doesn't seem to be about the economy this time

Which might be a good thing with all the false assumptions out there; let's debunk a few of them

Bill Gross had such an awesome idea earlier this week that he just had to tell the whole Twitter world about it
It is tempting to interpret HSBC’s review of whether it should move its headquarters out of London as the company making plans to go before Miliband takes the reins

Not even two cheers for this wealthy boss's gesture

Outlook Is American Airlines’ Doug Parker a chief executive we should be applauding?

Bob Diamond’s bonuses ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds at Barclays
Dave Lewis, chief executive, has already closed 43 stores and scrapped 49 planned ones, yet has admitted that more stores are still losing money.

Tesco results: The lessons for Dave Lewis's big rivals

The era of “big is better” has come to an end

Protest rally in June 2011 in front of the parliament in Athens expresses opposition to a new austerity package

Metro Bank may grow into more than just a mosquito

Outlook Another company that has made deft use of PR stunts and branding is Metro Bank, but I’m not about to throw any bricks in its direction. It was a bit hard to take seriously when it launched, what with the gaudy merchandise and the free dog biscuits on offer at its Central London branch.

BrewDog barks up the wrong tree with grandiose claims

Outlook Most of the time I’m a fan of BrewDog. It makes good beer and gets up the nose of all the right people. Its warning about the dangers to business of David Cameron’s proposed EU referendum was also well timed. Where I have a problem is when the founders’ penchant hyperbole starts to extend to the company’s financial offer.

Tesco has more than £8bn of debt on its books

Renault driven to the edge over double-voting rights

Outlook Time for Renault to check its airbags are working. The car maker’s board looks set for a nasty collision with the French government.

Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in the Sky drama 'Fortitude'
The SNP wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year by 2019-20, thereby reducing the cost to business of creating jobs

The City should not dismiss the SNP as a single-issue party

Parliamentary Business: It wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year, thereby reducing the cost of creating jobs

People should be saving more for their retirement, hence the introduction of auto-enrolment schemes

Beware these bad ideas about reforming the taxation of pensions

City View: The area where most damage is being done is the tax treatment of private-sector pensions

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A court sketch shows Navinder Singh Sarao opposing his
extradition to the US at Westminster magistrates’ court
The Independent spoke to workers in the City on their lunch break
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Protests against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff
After a clear-out of executives and with dozens of politicians being investigated, the company's new chief has announced a clean start. Tom Bawden and Jamie Dunkley report
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Bob Diamond’s bonuses ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds at Barclays
The disgraceful, shameful actions of Deutsche’s traders and of their colleagues who attempted to frustrate regulatory investigations are beginning to elicit merely a weary shrug of the shoulders, says James Moore
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Protest rally in June 2011 in front of the parliament in Athens expresses opposition to a new austerity package
Hamish McRae can’t find a single developed country that has accumulated a national debt of 175 per cent of GDP in peacetime and not defaulted
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Barclays is set to face its shareholders during what is likely to be another hostile AGM season after the demonstrations last year
Boardroom heads rolled when investors rose up and staged a series of pay revolts in the 2012 AGM season. Jamie Dunkley examines whether the events that rocked the City of London were game-changing or have been consigned to history
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Tesco is looking for ways to plug its estimated £5bn black hole
We’re about to find out whether he’s worth it, says Mark Leftly
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Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis is reforming the struggling retailer, but he will need to raise some cash fast to make progress
Simon Neville writes that the era of “big is better” has come to an end
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Wonga is Britain’s most-profitable payday lender
Wonga is considering a name change as it seeks to re-position itself as a responsible lender – one that checks prospective clients have some hope of repaying their loans before advancing them any money. James Moore writes
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The SNP manifesto has targeted full control of Scottish finances
It wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year, thereby reducing the cost of creating jobs, says Mark Leftly in Parliamentary Business
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Clive Schlee, chief executive of Pret a Manger, says customers want to know that their food is healthy and fresh
The ambitious chain's chief tells Simon Neville that its shops in Paris are the busiest, America's biggest seller is a salad and that he wishes more Britons would apply for jobs
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Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in 'Fortitude'
Sky is a juggernaut – one that just keeps rolling. Far from reaching saturation point in the UK, the rate at which it has been adding net new users has been increasing at quite a clip. James Moore reports
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All campaigning and no investing... Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne at Arriva TrainCare in Crewe on Monday
Surveys suggest that uncertainty over the outcome of the poll on 7 May is hitting investment by firms and depressing consumption. How worried should we be? Ben Chu investigates
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Don’t count your retirement money yet: employers will stop receiving a pension rebate next year and their staff may lose out
The area where most damage is being done is the tax treatment of private-sector pensions, says Rupert Pennant-Rea
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HSBC's chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, had insisted he had always paid full UK tax on all his earnings
The bank, all of a sudden, has become the injured party, says James Moore
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Unpaid internships lasting longer than four weeks would be banned by Labour if it wins power next May
Miliband has promised financial protection for interns. Does it make sense? Matt Gingell takes a look
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage waits to speak at a public meeting in Cliftonville, Kent, as he continues his campaign for the South Thanet seat at the General Election
Nigel Farage is right: we should be having a more honest debate about immigration. But the issue is not the one with which the Ukip leader is obsessed: in fact, we need more immigration, not less, according to David Prosser
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Many in business believe even the prospect of a referendum is harmful
A 'Brexit' would raise the price of your goods and services
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‘Missing our deals will haunt you’ – Phones 4U’s TV ad came back to haunt it
It seemed bad enough that a popular retailer could be allowed to collapse simply because its suppliers suddenly decided to pull the plug. Now Simon Neville reveals who got their money back – and who didn't
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Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis has decided to buy out Euphorium completely. Jim Armitage reports
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Bernanke’s move does show the more subtle side of the Washington-Wall Street nexus, says Jim Armitage
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