Shoppers across the eurozone have benefited from falling prices thanks to deflation over the past year

Hamish McRae: Deflation – like the falling cost of oil – isn’t a bad thing for most of us

Economic View: The euro has encouraged economic divergence, exactly the opposite to what its promoters predicted

Greek exit from the EU could be imminent, for better or for worse

Greece could be to the euro what Northern Rock was to the banking crisis

The fall in the oil price will hit Russia hard, but is unlikely to personally affect the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin

Most pundits are wrong. The oil price fall is good news at last

The UK is a net importer, and lower costs are just what is needed to sustain and broaden the recovery

Hamish McRae: Fear factor? Let’s worry about stagnation rather than catastrophe

Economic View: We are not facing anything like as grave a crisis as we have twice in the past decade

Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office

BT's takeover of EE is a story about how we live now

BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable

Economic forecasts are often wrong, but they are still needed

No one predicted the drop in oil prices, but that will not deter the current crop of crystal-ball gazers
Twitter could be used to improve public services, just as it does private

It's not just businesses that can benefit from embracing technology

The pressure will be on the next government to use this extraordinarily powerful tool

When it comes to our economy, neither East nor West is best

The eurozone may be 'the new Japan' but the UK isn't, and we won't become a mini-America either

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

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

Black Friday: The important changes in how we shop

We are not used to getting higher living standards in the form of lower prices rather than higher wages

The mystery of the disappearing income tax receipts

With growth strong and inflation low, you would expect cash to be rolling into the Treasury

We Brits have our failings, but we know how to shop

It is a trait we share with Americans, and it helps explain the economic resilience of the Anglosphere

Hamish McRae: If you lend to the UK you are expecting a zero return. Seems mad?

Economic View: The valuations of the dotcom boom now look absurd. I suggest that applies to today’s bond market

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Mark Leftly with Parliamentary Business
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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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Shopping on Oxford Street: the new year begins with a rise in VAT, which will impact on high-street spending
There’s something perverse about the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to block Poundland’s attempted takeover of 99p Stores, says Simon Neville
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Ferdinand Piëch, the powerful chair of VW, has fallen out with his chief executive and protégé Martin Winterkorn. Tony Patterson lifts the bonnet and examines what’s going on at the German automobile giant
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The Conservative party is ahead of Labour in the polls for the first time since 2011, with the NHS likely to matter more to people than the economy when they decide how to vote in the general election (EPA)
Be sceptical when you hear tales of impending financial panic during election campaigns, warns Ben Chu
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China’s size and complexity frequently obscures its reality, says Satyajit Das
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Max-Hervé,  a Frenchman who lives in Switzerland, does not immediately strike you as a financial terrorist or a man who might be a billionaire by the end of the decade.
The Frenchman could end up destroying, or owning, the company which runs the pension funds for hundreds of thousands of people. John Lichfield speaks to him
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Labour says higher corporation tax would be used to finance a cut in business rates. David Prosser reports
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The trade deficit has worsened amid difficulties in export markets
The UK’s trade deficit worsened by much more than had been expected, says David Blanchflower
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Even taking Exxon’s recent chest beating about its appetite for deals Jim Armitage thinks it's unlikely
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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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