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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

Yes, we can create jobs – but the future lies in creating better ones

We are probably still in the early stages of the effects of the IT revolution

President Putin in Brisbane for the G20 summit

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The gathering in Australia is unlikely to come up with any surprises, but these meetings still matter

Hamish McRae: Revised inflation figures mean the outlook is still dismal for savers

Economic View: In the US by contrast the mood has shifted towards a rise in interest rates coming quite soon

To control inflation, we need to stop obsessing about it

It is hard to claim that inflation policy under any government has been a great success

German reunification shows what wealth transfer can achieve

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice should give John Malone’s $55bn (£37bn) bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC) the green light
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The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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Tesco has been audited by PwC since 1983
James Moore: Change the incentives and you change the behaviour – that’s the theory
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Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
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