Marks & Spencer rests its case: Its performance isn’t bad at all

Outlook There’s a trick that some defence lawyers like to use: however strong the evidence of the client’s guilt, deny, deny, deny. It doesn’t matter if the bad guy was caught on film with a gun in his hand and a bag labelled “swag” while demanding the teller fill it with cash. He didn’t do it. He didn’t. He didn’t do it!

Taylor Wimpey should be made to do more to earn the Help to Buy windfall

Who is Help to Buy actually helping? You can add developers to the well-to-do families and London professionals that critics have identified as big beneficiaries of the taxpayer-underwritten mortgages accompanied by deposits of as little as 5 per cent of a home’s value.

Satyajit Das: India’s new saviour will need to pray for some miracles

Das Capital: Narendra Modi will find governing India is more difficult than winning power

Mark Leftly: Serco's woes show how anyone can struggle to benefit from outsourcing

Westminster Outlook Outsourcing is a dreadfully prosaic word for a process that is fundamentally realigning the balance between commerce and state.

Mark Leftly: Ineptitude in matters of defence is no laughing matter

Westminster Outlook Dear oh dear, this is damning.

Satyajit Das: The West's reward is still the riches that developing nations 'don't value'

Das Capital: For emerging nations to rise out of poverty always entailed a risky, uncertain and tragic future
Wonga is Britain’s most-profitable payday lender

Wonga 'letters' can’t be left to slip quietly off MPs’ agenda

Unfortunate news comes in from Westminster Wonga watchers.

Jim Armitage: Out-of-the-blue claim of Stock Exchange rigging is meaningless without evidence

Outlook Just when you thought two investment banking scandals in five days was probably enough – Barclays and Goldman Sachs both being rapped over their “dark pools” trading operations – along comes another.

Be wary of weak arguments for an early interest rate rise – moving too soon is the biggest risk

Earnings are 8 per cent lower than before the financial crisis. This is an odd definition of ‘normal’

James Moore: It seems the big beasts of banking really are too big to jail after all

Outlook US Attorneys certainly have a neat line in soundbites. "A Tour de Fraud," is how Preet Bharara described the conduct of French bank BNP as he and his colleagues confirmed what we all knew: BNP will pay a record $9bn for its alleged involvement in sanctions busting.

James Moore: Asda proving the big winner of the supermarket price war

Outlook With all eyes focussed on the invasion of the European discounters Aldi and Lidl, and the impact of their rise on the likes of Tesco and Morrison's, Asda is remarkably quick to protect itself from getting caught by the squall.

James Moore: Forget today's best deals and fix your mortgage for longer

Outlook Moneyfacts, the financial data company, says it's time to celebrate 25 years of the fixed rate mortgage.

Chris Blackhurst: We can't prevent the next economic crisis. But attempts to do so could threaten jobs and research

Midweek View: By wanting to prevent the big boys from having special access, regulators have created another uneven pitch

Ageing assets need improving, but at what cost to struggling households?

Outlook: If the widespread use of food banks is worrying you now, just imagine what will happen when those bills start to come in

My Week: Tax tourism is a flagship policy, and Obama is helping things along

There are several factors that have turned the cross-border mergers and acquisitions tap back on this year. A recovering world economy, boardroom confidence and cash piled high on balance sheets have all played a part. Over lunch this week, one senior corporate adviser pointed out another secret weapon in generating deal fees: Barack Obama.

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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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HSBC has cut loan rates for current account holders
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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

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But could his predictions of war do the same?
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'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