Harsher rules to encourage the long-term unemployed into work state they will only receive their benefits if they either show up at a jobcentre every day or commit to six months of voluntary work
Chancellor George Osborne looks through a microscope at Pfizer's pharmaceutical science lab in 2011

AstraZeneca will fall to Pfizer once the price is right, even if British politicians are jumping up and down

Only the shareholders have the ability to refuse and they’re mandated to seek the best return

Ben Chu: Rent controls are not the answer – more housebuilding is

Chunomics: The most effective way for politicians to help insecure renters is to increase the supply of housing

Mark Leftly: How battling Binley put his stamp on the Royal Mail sell-off inquisition

Westminster Outlook: Mr Binley has absolutely thundered at what passes for the financial logic of the Royal Mail flotation

Jim Armitage: So much for the Government’s clampdown on betting machines - the bookies are winners again

Outlook: The Government never really looked seriously concerned about the social problems of fixed-odds betting terminals

Hamish McRae: By some calculations, China is already the most important economy in the world

It is the world’s largest importer of raw materials and the biggest importer of oil

James Moore: Barclays Americas new chief will have to be worth his weight in gold

Outlook It seems Barclays has become the home of nominative determination, where one's name determines one's job. Former chief executive Bob Diamond could afford several mines full of them by dint of the eight-figure pay packets he used to pick up. They also helped ensure his chief lieutenant Rich Ricci lived up to his name.

James Moore: BP could be scapegoat for US in Ukraine wrangle

Outlook BP is another company potentially facing trouble from the US, even though it is in many ways as American as Mom's apple pie. It's run by an American in the form of chief executive Bob Dudley and has far more invested over there than over here. Even its ownership is more American than British.

James Moore: We can't take our eye off the ball in reforming the banks

Outlook It bears repeating again and again that despite all the excitable talk of the UK having Europe's fastest-growing economy – and the indications that the recovery has moved beyond the mini-consumer boom that kicked it off – its overall GDP has still not reached the level it enjoyed prior to the financial crisis. It bears remembering what got us into that position.

Chris Blackhurst: Of course the flash boys of Wall Street have behaved awfully, but they've not acted alone over high-frequency trading

Midweek View: In truth, it is the entire system that should be in the dock and needs urgent overhauling

A divorce could be very costly if Alex Salmond runs off with Scotland

How will we carve up assets like the Bank of England, the BBC, the DVLA and the premium bond HQ?

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Politicians don't trust Network Rail, are fed up with late trains and don't think UK suppliers get a fair shout, says Mark Leftly
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A worker arranges pasta at a factory in Allahabad. India’s finance minister said he hoped that growth would soon reach 7 or 8 per cent
A budget targeting growth and reducing the deficit has been praised, but will it be enough to help the country regain its economic footing?, Andrew Buncombe in Dehli
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Can you mix business with pleasure? Matt Gingell explores
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The central banks have printed shed-loads of money and it has to go somewhere, but the 'fear index' is creeping up, writes Hamish McRae
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Bailey has little experience of actually running a company - and there is a world of difference between being a “chief creative officer” and a chief executive- no doubt shareholders are unhappy
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Andrew Miller’s £1.4m bonus reflected the sale of Auto Trader
As the owner of The Guardian overcomes the decline of print with strong digital revenues, its chief executive tells Gideon Spanier how it is adapting to the new age of publishing
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The oil giant was overtaken by Wal-Mart as the world's biggest revenue earner, as Mark McSherry reports, 27 other UK firms made it to the Fortune Global 500 list of biggest companies
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Never mind the lack of dialogue and pointless explosions. You'd be a fool to underestimate Michael Bay, because if there's one thing he knows, it's how to make money by heading east, says Maria Tadeo
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Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections
The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it
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Team Tinkoff Saxo during a training session in Leeds ahead of Saturday’s start of the Tour de France
Inspired by the Olympic and road-race success, Britain has fallen in love with cycling. Retailers and sponsors are forming their own peloton, but Jamie Dunkley asks: will the phenomenon ride and ride?
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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
Earnings are 8% lower than before the financial crisis. This is an odd definition of ‘normal’, says Ben Chu
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Some payday lender customers rack up debts with several firms
Consumer credit is certainly not disappearing any time soon- surely that makes it more vital than ever that senior people involved are questioned rigorously in public
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Out in the big wide world Mothercare is doing well, but the UK operation has significant problems
Britain's new parents may shop elsewhere these days, but the nation's biggest babywear retailer is not desperate enough to accept a tax-dubious US bid, writes Simon Neville
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GlaxoSmithKline Chinese headquarters

As a sex video smears the pharmaceutical giant's China boss, Jim Armitage reports on how its private investigator voiced concerns about new secrecy rules weeks before his arrest.

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Benjamin Lawsky

Benjamin Lawsky has worked hard to earn his moniker, the man who makes the banks tremble, writes Jim Armitage

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US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels
Business editor James Ashton shares his top stories of the week
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Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal for Argentina
Argentina due to make its next interest repayment on bonds as default looms large
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David Higgins, at the HS2 offices in Victoria, has a track record on delivering expensive, controversial projects
The chairman of HS2 wants to speed up its arrival in the North and tells Chris Blackhurst the public will get on board
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An effigy of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is held up by National Association of Probation Officers protestors outside the Houses of Parliament
Despite an overall cost of £8bn to reorganise the probation service, Mark Leftly reveals that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is determined to ignore the critics and push ahead with his plans
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