James Moore: This boardroom stand-off is unseemly now AA is a public company

Outlook The AA’s boss Chris Jansen has all of a sudden found himself in the position that his customers hire his company to get them out of.

The Bank of England’s Funding for Deleveraging

The Bank of England and the Treasury released data on the usage of their Funding for Lending Scheme in the second quarter of 2014 this morning.

Jim Armitage: Rural businesses let down by poor internet connections

Outlook The criticism of David Cameron for being on holiday while Isis loonies ran amok last week seemed unfair. After all, the poor man was only in Cornwall – hardly the most impenetrable part of the planet for modern communications. Or is it?

Why the Chelsea oligarch’s steel giant is losing no sleep over sanctions

Outlook Russian steel giant Evraz says it has so far managed to steer clear of any sanctions or financial restrictions arising from the war in Ukraine.

Satyajit Das: Mario Draghi may as well roll the dice – we’ve tried everything else

Das Capital: It is unlikely the policies will result in an immediate return to the required levels of growth

James Moore: Storm in a Canadian coffee cup over Tim Hortons deal

Outlook Canada looks set to lose one of its icons.

James Moore: Scotland could lose out whether it’s Yes or No

Outlook It was inevitable that Sir Martin Sorrell would be asked to opine on Scottish independence alongside WPP’s results.

James Moore: Upbeat Sir Martin Sorrell’s going for growth – so why’s he moaning about sterling?

Outlook Behind the headlines, WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, put together an excellent set of results for the first half of its financial year.

Chris Blackhurst: Rory McIlroy gets £155m from his sponsor Nike – yet the industry is in crisis. Maybe bicycle golf is the answer?

Midweek View: As a sport it doesn’t reflect  the kind of values millennials like – diversity, inclusion

Ian McCafferty, left, and Martin Weale, second left, are the ‘irrelevant minority’ of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee

David Blanchflower: The inflation nutters are on the march again – and they are as wrong as ever

Martin Weale voted for rate rises in 2011 but his predictions of rising inflation did not materialise

Ever felt that financial forecasters are making it up as they go along?

If so, you are worryingly accurate, as the most important economic measure can only be guessed at

Rupert Cornwell: It’s caught in a trap and now Italy can’t just muddle through

Global Outlook Sadly, the same cannot be said of the eurozone, and least of all of Italy, the true sick man of the 18-country bloc. Italy is not the only laggard – the German and French economies both stalled in the second quarter – but it is different in terms of both statistics and the structural nature of the crisis that it faces.

Rupert Cornwell: It’s a lovely view from Jackson Hole but the only prospect detaining bankers is higher interest rates

Global Outlook Just how long, in Fed speak, is “a considerable time?” That was the all-important issue as the US Federal Reserve’s chairwoman, Janet Yellen, gave the now-traditional keynote speech yesterday at Jackson Hole, Wyoming – surely the most agreeable moment on the calendar of central bankers.

Mark Leftly: You hold constructive talks and then you cough up £224m

Westminster Outlook It emerged this week that the Massachusetts-based Raytheon has won a drawn-out legal fight with the Home Office. 

Mark Leftly: The tax guns will fall silent when American experts man our defences

Westminster Outlook Kevan Jones was one very unhappy Labour MP last Saturday. The shadow armed forces minister had just read our scoop that the US engineering giants Bechtel and CH2M Hill had won the critically important contracts to manage vast chunks of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). This is the Ministry of Defence agency that has a £14bn budget to buy all the military’s kit, from surveillance systems to submarine-hunting helicopters.

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Places like Clacton have been left behind by economic growth
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Jimmy Choo, whose shoes are designed by Sandra Choi (left), only raised £545m from its London listing
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We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’
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Eurostar’s sale is expected to attract £300m with French state-controlled firm Keolis tipped to bid
A stake in Eurostar is up for grabs and will herald a privatisation jamboree to tackle the nation’s debts and fix the economy. But not everyone is keen, writes Jim Armitage
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American dominance of key industries makes it an indispensable monopolists, says Satyajit Das
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Minecraft has won praise for its minimal violence and for stimulating spatial awareness
Minecraft is the most successful game since Angry Birds, but will it retain its minimal merchandising strategy once it’s in the hands of Microsoft? Gideon Spanier reports
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A recent manufacturing surge is running out of steam with industrial production now down 9.6 per cent from the pre-downturn peak in 2008
The growth surge enjoyed by UK manufacturing over the past year is running out of steam, writes David Blanchflower
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Banks fear imminent Russian cyber-attack
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Campaigners say it is no coincidence the EU is looking at consumer-facing companies such as Amazon
The EU’s Joaquin Alumia wants to know if Luxembourg gave the online retail giant a ‘sweetheart’ deal. If it did, that could change everything, Simon Neville reports
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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
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