Mark Leftly: Builders, recruit an MP who understands housing crises

Westminster Outlook Pre-coalition, Sarah Teather was the go-to Liberal Democrat for current affairs journalists.

Hamish McRae: Jobs are being created faster than at any time since records began – but wages, it seems, remain stubbornly low. What's going on?

Economic View: In the last boom we had false signals from inflation. Now we're getting false signals on pay

It's not a dish that Sainsbury's sells, but Justin King is tasting revenge

Outlook Good on Justin King for dissing his rivals in his final days in the job. Like all modern day chief executives, he more usually trots out the platitudes about "we welcome competition" whenever asked about his fellow grocers.

Unfortunately, this isn't the answer to all our PFI woes

Outlook This week's exit by Northumberland County Council from its local health trust's onerous hospital PFI contract with Lend Lease saved taxpayers millions, but can it be replicated?

Cancelled Airbus order is the superjumbo in the room

Outlook You can't blame Airbus's sales chief for claiming the biggest cancellation of an order in aviation history was no big deal. He's a salesman – turd varnishing goes with the job.

A regulator too far? Icap chooses to stand and fight EU over Libor

Outlook Regulatory agencies: are you running short of funds? Why not skewer the banks and brokers involved in the Libor scandal? It's not as if it will take an awful lot of work. Just use what has already been completed by the authorities in Britain and the United States as a template. Then release the hounds!

James Moore: Survey reveals... unwelcome truth for insurance industry

Outlook The City has a whole industry devoted to studies and surveys. Just occasionally one of them has something interesting to say, beyond claiming that 67 per cent of the 500 people who happened to click on superdupercompany.com while browsing last Thursday agree that the world would be a better place if more people did business with superdupercompany.com.

James Moore: Sudden burst of interest in interest-only borrowers

Outlook Has the warm weather sparked off an unusual outbreak of harmony in the City? The Council of Mortgage Lenders says its members have at least contacted the majority of customers with interest-only loans that are due to mature by 2020.

Chris Blackhurst: A nation of shopkeepers got to taste the difference when Justin King took charge of Sainsbury's

Midweek View: He was in the vanguard of the new breed of egalitarian bosses: out went the pinstripes - titles were banished
Deadly job: More than 1,000 garment workers were killed in the Rana Plaza factory collapse

Satyajit Das: The West wrings its hands over Asian workers, but carries on robbing them

DAS CAPITAL: In April 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight-storey complex of clothing factories near Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100. With its garments intended for export, the Rana Plaza incident quickly became “framed” from a Western perspective.

Bloodied Sports Direct refuses to throw in the towel

OUTLOOK:  Seconds out, round four, or should that be three? PR advisers to Sports Direct, the owner of famed boxing brand Lonsdale, are insistent it’s the latter. Others beg to differ.

TSB: Will this one-trick pony give trusting investors a kick in the teeth?

OUTLOOK: Is TSB a model bank? The sort of UK-only supporter of homebuyers, savers and small businesses we’d all like banks to become?

Talking point: Dr Steven Peters will be on hand in Brazil during the World Cup

Steve Peters: Making money by managing the ‘inner chimp’

The self-styled ‘mind mechanic’ Steve Peters is best known for his motivational work with England footballers. But, he tells Russell Lynch, it’s his advice to businesses that pays the bills

Why it’s time to shine a light on the Flash Boys who trade on the dark side of Wall Street

America’s top financial markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is finally catching up with high-frequency traders and operators of private “dark pool” trading venues. Well, sort of.

Government help for small business is once again too little, too late

My Week: The Independent's Business Editor shares his top stories

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Network Rail (NR)
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
News
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?
News
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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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
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New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

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Richard III review

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