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”We just spent and spent and spent,“ Mr Hills told the police

Pain on the way for EU powerhouse

The main engine of European growth crunched into reverse inthe final quarter of last year as Germany's economy shrank by 0.25 per cent, official figures show.

Swiss central banker quits over wife's currency trade

Hildebrand admits he can't prove innocence / Sir Mervyn King salutes his integrity

Pilkington picks longevity swap

The glass maker Pilkington has agreed a £0.8bn pension longevity swap with Legal & General. It brings the total number of swaps completed last year to five with a total value of liabilities covered to £7bn.

Police watchdog to probe fatal M25 crash

A crash in which a man died when his BMW collided with a lorry after police tried to stop the vehicle will be investigated by the police watchdog.

triumph powers its way to increased profits

Despite the ill winds blowing through the wider manufacturing sector, Triumph, the Leicestershire-based motorcycle maker with a heritage that stretches back more than 100 years, showed that it was continuing to race ahead yesterday, with turnover up by 11 per cent in the year to June.

Triumph sales accelerate in tough market

Despite the ill winds blowing through the wider sector, Triumph, the Leicestershire-based motorcycle manufacturer with a heritage that stretches back over 100 years, showed that it was continuing to race ahead yesterday, with turnover up by 11 per cent in the year to June.

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BMW motors thanks to China

BMW's profit more than doubled in the second quarter on the back of soaring demand from China. The car manufacturer, which also owns Mini, reported a 115 per cent jump in net profit to €1.8bn (£1.6bn), as record car sales pushed revenues up by 17 per cent to €17.9bn.

Asia sales more than double BMW net profits

German car giant BMW said today that its net profit more than doubled to 1.81 billion euro (£1.58 billion) in the second quarter thanks to booming sales in Asia.

Motorcycling: Checa closes on title after double success takes Ducati to 300 wins

The Spanish rider Carlos Checa flagged himself as the man to hire if you want to get your motorcycle factory into the record books when he gave Ducati their 300th win in World Superbike racing here yesterday.

Toseland comeback inspired by singer Melua

Britain's superbike man of steel James Toseland made his comeback to racing here yesterday – backed by singer-songwriter Katie Melua.

Mini Cooper S Diesel Convertible - iDrive

The new Mini is still too big, too heavy and too expensive

Volvo quick to make mileage out of Labour's woes

Volvo has hit back at the suggestion that their cars were as stodgy and hopeless as Gordon Brown.

Video: BMW invests £500 m in UK car production

BMW is investing £500 million in UK car production which will safeguard 5,000 jobs.

BMW's Mini Coupé – Riley Elf revisited?

BMW has announced its first “three-box” Mini – a distinctively styled coupé version with a notchback profile that sets it apart from the other models in the range. Contrary to appearances, though, the new car doesn't actually have a separate boot but is a hatchback.

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Never mind what you're wearing

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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