Artist Kaya Mar stands near Parliament with his painting depicting the Chancellor

Autumn Statement: The Chancellor needs to stand up and deliver, or find himself on the end of a punchline

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

Pleasant surprise: Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement

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

Outlook It might seem strange to say it on the day Aviva and Friends Life confirmed their huge tie-up, but mergers and acquisitions involving this country’s companies are becoming a rarity, according to the Office for National Statistics. Its figures show that the number of takeovers between British businesses fell during the third quarter of this year to the lowest level since records began 45 years ago. The agency recorded just 30 involving firms worth £1m or more, down from 46 in the second quarter, itself hardly a big number.

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

Midweek View: Where is the growth going to come from? Aviva is buying a business in a no-growth industry

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

James Moore: Michael O’Leary’s mouth is not the biggest problem at Ryanair

Outlook: Life would be boring if he were to turn into an identikit corporate clone

James Moore: Through thick and thin, Co-op Bank still has friends

Outlook: Fortunately the bank has some breathing room

A third of the recent increase in employment has been from new European Union countries

Sorry, but this is no entrepreneurial revolution

Death rates are down but the vast proportion of these new firms are probably on life support

The fall in the oil price is the biggest thing to happen for six months

Every swing in commodity values has winners and losers, but here there are many more winners
The Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi may have removed the floor under the oil price, but the gamble on undermining US shale production may backfire
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Barclays’ New York office is being pursued by state prosecutors who say it failed to police its dark pools
Barclays is accused by New York regulators of fishing in some unethical waters. But this time the bank is holding its course, writes James Moore
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Railway workers on the tracks outside King's Cross, London
Given we are trying to boost domestic industry, there should also be some effort to do the same at the top of engineering, says Mark Leftly
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The government say a one-off payment to the EU meant that borrowing was higher than expected for December
Video: Oscar Williams-Grut provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City
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Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United, took USC into a pre-pack administration
A factory stand-off. Debts unpaid. Workers laid off. Simon Neville investigates the messy demise of the billionaire's fashion brand
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The new pub will open at the Extra service station in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire later this year
I’m much more inclined to feel sympathy for a family sandwich shop than I am a 900-strong pub chain, says James Moore
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It is the 'unknown unknowns' to use Donald Rumsfeld's famous expression that bite investors on the backside
When you make money you are clever; when you lose it, it is someone else's fault, writes Hamish McRae
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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