Campaigners hold a solidarity protest for Greece in Trafalgar Square

Greece bailout: Why won't Athens accept a bailout extension and what does Syriza want instead?

Greece's debt is currently €322 billion

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation fell to 4.8% in November

UK inflation at record low of 0.3%: Why is it important and what does it mean for you?

Falling fuel prices and supermarket price wars have contributed to the drop in inflation of a record 0.3 per cent low, which in turn is boosting household spending power. But what is low inflation and what are the consequences?

The Swiss National Bank pictured on 15 January, 2015, in Bern, Switzerland

Satyajit Das: Switzerland had to bite the bullet and drop franc ceiling

Das Capital: In reality, the policy was unsustainable in the light of rising currency inflows

James Moore: HSBC’s mea minima culpa is really about PR and damage limitation

Outlook: Mr Gulliver is a clever man and an executive of considerable skill. But that shouldn’t get his bank off the hook

Boston in Massachusetts: America has not yet escaped the grip of the economic downturn

David Blanchflower: Beware - the American jobs market is still feeling the chill

There was a surge in hidden unemployment in the wake of the Great Recession

Janet Yellen is set to repeat her first triumphant year as chair of the US Federal Reserve board

Maintaining America's economic recovery will be tricky, as interest rates are expected to increase by June

Mark Leftly: There's no hedge with Margaret Hodge and no avoiding a tax outcry

Westminster Outlook If there is any fire left in the belly of the House of Commons, then it is to be found in the perpetually incandescent form of the Public Accounts Committee chair, Margaret Hodge. In allegations that HSBC’s Swiss arm might have helped the wealthy avoid or even evade tax, she has an issue suited to her unique brand of fury and indignation.

Mark Leftly: Air passengers need MPs to leave the transit lounge and seek compensation

Westminster Outlook The final signs of life have drained out of this greying, decaying corpse of a parliament. Any vigour and colour is now on the road, as Harriet Harman tries to get out Labour’s female vote by visiting marginal constituencies in her pink/magenta battle-bus/minibus.

James Moore: A giant is born in the world of cloud computing

Outlook The ever-active market rumour-mill has had Telecity as a private equity target for a while now. The company appears to have come up with a better answer: a merger with a similar-sized rival to create a monster.

James Moore: That Sky-high bill went down like a poleaxed striker

Outlook The markets’ reaction to the blockbusting football rights packages secured by Sky and BT when trading opened in London was very telling.

HSBC is apparently facing no sanction despite the fact that other countries are gunning for it

James Moore: Would the HSBC tax debacle have come to light if the media hadn't got involved?

It’s true that £135m of tax has been recovered. But that’s less than the French achieved. And less than the Spanish.

Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai

Hamish McRae: India's growth is outpacing China's. What happens next affects us all

Economic View: India's GDP per head is only about one-fifth that of China, so it can grow faster for longer

James Moore: Tesco turnaround may finally be taking shape

Outlook It appears that Tesco is clawing its way back. The latest figures from researcher Kantar Worldpanel show a 0.3 per cent increase in sales during the three months to 12 February.

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British Gas announced yesterday that it will cut bills – but only by 5 per cent, and not until the end of next month, when the coldest weather is likely to be over
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

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