Mark Leftly: Expect a disunited kingdom when it comes to taxing corporations

Westminster Outlook The €60m (£47m) Santiago Calatrava-designed Samuel Beckett Bridge, with its support cables towering 48 metres over the River Liffey, is a symbol of Dublin’s commercial power.

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Economies are sustained by spending

Jim Armitage: When card sending becomes a joyless affair

Outlook “Have you sent your social expression stationery yet for the winter holiday season?”

How long can growth sustain itself without overseas demand?

Outlook So much time and effort expended on the Autumn Statement, but so little actual power for the man who delivers it.

Chancellor George Osborne holds a copy of the Autumn Statement at Downing Street on Tuesday
Artist Kaya Mar stands near Parliament with his painting depicting the Chancellor

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Small Business: RBS should play a bigger social role in helping the recovery

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George Osborne's Autumn Statement gave cleverly with one hand and removed cunningly with the other

Business View: The Chancellor has learnt from a PM who likes to kick a thorny problem into the long grass

James Moore: ‘Don’t mention the deficit’ – that’s the rule at Westminster

Outlook Deficit? What deficit? After days of flashy spending announcements from the Government, poohed poohed and countered by even more promises from Her Majesty’s Opposition, you could be forgiven for forgetting we even had one.

James Moore: Will Black Friday be the day retail eats itself?

Outlook More proof that Friday’s ugly consumer grab-fest worked wonders for shops’ sales figures has emerged from John Lewis. To no great surprise its weekly numbers confirm that last week was the best, in the partnership’s 150-year trading history. There’s a degree of danger in using John Lewis as a bellwether for the retail industry. It has a unique structure and brand and an upscale customer base, and it has proved quite capable of bucking trends in the past.

James Moore: For most British firms, the talk’s about expansion not takeovers

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Chris Blackhurst: Aviva may crow over this merger, but now it must show its mettle

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As its economy collapses, Russia needs some help from its friends...

It turns out we need not have bothered with sanctions, for their impact has been marginal

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

Satyajit Das: With rates at or near zero, central banks are having a hard time firing up their economies

Das Capital: The strategy relies on the wealth effect which central bankers hope will lead to higher consumption

BG discovers the Goldilocks point for massive executive pay deals

Outlook: Now BG shares haven’t been this low since the depths of the financial crisis back in 2008

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Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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The Ferrari factory in Maranello churns out cars whose high-end credentials could be diluted by the diversification championed by chairman Sergio Marchionne
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