‘Candy Crush’ has turned sour, so is it game over for King Digital?

Outlook With the CNBC set on one side and blue-coated traders rushing around, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is used to being a hive of activity.

The black cloud hanging over Britain’s impressive economic recovery? Weak productivity

The Bank slashed its 2014 productivity growth forecast to just 0.25 per cent

Peter Humphrey, the investigator hired by GlaxoSmith-Kline to investigate bribery allegations in China, has been jailed for two and a half years for breaching privacy laws

Drugs and sex and closed legal proceedings

Outlook What price do corporations place on a transparent justice system? The Shanghai trial of the private investigator Peter Humphrey – hired by GlaxoSmithKline to investigate an apparently malicious leak of a sex tape by someone in the drug giant’s China operations – should send a cold feeling down the spines of foreign investors.

It would be prudent for Tidjane Thiam to stop harping on about the one that got away

Outlook Fans of Vic Reeves Big Night Out will recall the catchphrase: “You wouldn’t let it lie.” One person who refuses to let it lie is the chief executive of the insurance giant Prudential, Tidjane Thiam. Yesterday he was complaining about the fact that his bid to acquire AIA, the Asian arm of the bust American insurer AIG, in 2010 was scuppered.

Chris Blackhurst: The Government must intervene to unmask foreign buyers inflating a new property bubble with questionable cash

Midweek View: They’re buying because our regulation is ‘light touch’ - code in international circles for non-existent

George Osborne

Britain's trade headache could be about to get worse

The latest trade figures are pretty abysmal. The trade in goods deficit in June rose to £9.4bn, up from £9.2bn in May.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration ceremony at Katra railway station in Katra

Satyajit Das: India’s new rulers won a mandate for change. That was the easy part

Das Capital: Narendra Modi could join an illustrious line of political leaders who do not live up to their promise

Britain has one of the most flexible labour markets: employment is up by nearly 1.7 million since May 2010

David Blanchflower: Don’t be misled - the fall in unemployment has nothing to do with the Coalition’s welfare reforms

There are no credible empirical studies that show joblessness is being reduced by welfare changes

Richard Dodgson - Founder, Timebased

Small Business Person of the Week: Richard Dodgson - Founder, Timebased

'Events can increase footfall and drive social media'

Vince Cable: The Business Secretary has been pressing for banks to be obliged to help businesses they reject to find alternative finance

David Prosser: The big banks are right to feel nervous about alternative lenders as new legislation looms

Small Talk: Treasury has pledged to act under forthcoming Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Indonesian people were exposed to leaded petrol long after the government there had wanted to eliminate it

New rules on fines risk making it easier to do dirty business

The Serious Fraud Office is to allow plea bargaining, which will raise cash but leave justice short-changed
Salmond and Darling during the ScotsDecide debate earlier in the week

No such thing as 'amicable': The price of a Scottish divorce

Should the Better Together bandwagon be taking the high or the low road? With just a month to go until the Scottish referendum on independence, that's the big question being batted around inside Alistair Darling's campaign team: step up the heat or stay quiet.

Coca-Cola, which has been in Africa since 1928, is among the multinationals investing billions in the continent

Persistence may well pay off for the American big guns

Westminster Outlook Here’s a bit of Government contract gossip. This month – probably next week – new Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will push ahead with one of the big departmental reforms launched by his predecessor, Philip Hammond. The department will announce which companies have won the first four packages of work to introduce greater private-sector discipline to Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the £14bn budget agency that buys military kit.

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Howls of outrage would normally ensue, but the housebuilders have gotten away with it, says Russell Lynch
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Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board
The Federal Reserve has become a rogue hedge fund, taking massive, wildly speculative positions
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The Ummah Welfare Trust called on its supporters to boycott HSBC
Customer with Iranian links are being ditched by HSBC and others. They deny discrimination, but have hefty fines led to some banks being far too cautions? By Maria Tadeo
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'Political Ravishment - Or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!' from 1797 by James Gillray
Like Caesar’s wife, the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is supposed to be above suspicion. But some members of Parliament have suspicious minds, writes Ben Chu
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Detroit’s once glorious and now decrepit Michigan Theater now operates as a car park
They forgot the motor city in the years of American urban renewal, but now JP Morgan is writing a $100m cheque to kickstart Detroit. Some doubt the bank’s motives
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Gerard Lopez took the wheel at the Lotus team five years ago with his business partner Eric Lux
He has investments ranging from real estate to Charlie Chaplin. But right now Gerard Lopez has Lotus on his mind
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Mark Carney lamented ‘remarkably weak’ pay growth at last week’s Inflation Report after claiming in May it could hit 2.5 per cent this year
The unprecedented collapse in real wages under the Coalition is even greater than in the period of the Great Recession from 2008 until the Coalition took office in May 2010, writes David Blanchflower
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Business editor James Ashton shares his top stories of the week
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Edi Truell wants to emulate the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in boosting pension funds in London
What do rhinos and retirement funds have in common? The investor and deal maker Edi Truell has an interest in both, and many projects besides. Jamie Dunkley tries to keep up
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Whether King can bounce back depends on what it can pull out of the hat, but there are some worrying implications for the UK tech scene, says Toby Green
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Tidal Lagoon Power see the proposed structure as providing social space as well as producing energy
A seawall and 16 turbines in Swansea Bay could generate electricity for 120,000 homes, writes environment editor Tom Bawden
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A shopper poses on an enamel throne at the Luxury China exhibition in Beijing. The ‘golden age’ of China’s luxury consumption is over – but brands are recovering
High-end goods are starting to recover from the hangover of China’s assault on business ‘gifting’, says Laura Chesters . But the brands can no longer take their cachet for granted
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Peter Humphrey, the investigator hired by GlaxoSmith-Kline to investigate bribery allegations in China, has been jailed for two and a half years for breaching privacy laws
The trial of Peter Humphrey is no advert for China as a place for even fully upright foreign firms to do business, says Ben Chu
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration ceremony at Katra railway station in Katra
Interestingly, Mr Modi's desire for accountability and transparency did not extend to the BJP's coffers, says Satyajit Das
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Taking the bull by the horns: miners have been buying into beef to cater for a growing appetite in China
In Western Australia, industry giants such as Rio Tinto are turning increasingly to cattle farming as beef prices soar and iron ore goes the other way, Rebecca Keenan reports
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George Osborne
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Britain has one of the most flexible labour markets: employment is up by nearly 1.7 million since May 2010
There are no credible empirical studies that show joblessness is being reduced by welfare changes, says David Blanchflower
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The Indonesian people were exposed to leaded petrol long after the government there had wanted to eliminate it
The Serious Fraud Office is to allow plea bargaining, which will raise cash but leave justice short-changed, writes Jim Armitage
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment