News TÜV could be liable to eventual damages of over €6bn

A legal ruling made in France today has opened the way to millions of euros in compensation for British and other women who were fitted with defective French-made breast implants.

Pressure rises on banks over interest rate swaps scandal

Small businesses paying huge fees from interest rate swaps to their banks are set to meet the Financial Services Authority this week to call for a quicker and more transparent process.

Anthony Hilton: Comet might be the only casualty this Christmas, but watch out next year

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Construction companies that pay suppliers late are causing hundreds of businesses to go under every month, it has been claimed.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Ronald Wayne decided to get out just two weeks after Apple was registered for business'

Who knew that Apple – the technology firm, not the record label – had its very own fifth Beatle? The Stu Sutcliffe to Steve Jobs's Lennon and Steve Wozniak's McCartney is Ronald Wayne, now 78 and living alone in a bungalow in Nevada from where he supplements his social security payments by selling stamps and old coins.

Closed down businesses leave billions in unpaid bills

Almost £5bn of unpaid debt is left behind by businesses that close down each year – on top of the £11bn debts left by insolvent firms, figures published today reveal.

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Investors are heading for the safe havens

Two-year German bond yields fell below zero yesterday as low-risk assets rallied before an uncertain United States presidential election and another make-or-break parliamentary vote in Greece.

Games stay-at-homes send travel firms bust

The number of travel companies going under in the UK in the last 12 months has doubled as the recession, Jubilee celebrations and Olympics kept British holidaymakers at home.

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Quinn gets nine weeks for contempt of court

Bankrupt Irish businessman Sean Quinn, once the country's richest man, was sentenced Friday to nine weeks in jail by a Dublin court.

Insolvencies fall to two-year low

The number of companies going insolvent has fallen to its lowest level in two years, official figures show.

Insolvencies increase for the first time in a year as people struggle with debt

Personal insolvencies have increased for the first time in a year as more people struggle with unmanageable debt, official figures showed today.

Insolvencies drop to a four-year low

The number of Britons who were declared insolvent fell to its lowest since the start of the recession in 2008 during the last quarter, in the latest sign of an improving economy in the UK.

Bailout fund is 'robust' but pensions still at risk

Britain's pension bailout fund will warn today that the country's economic problems are pushing more pension schemes to the limit.

Pensions funds pushed to brink by downturn, says bailout fund

Britain's pension bailout fund will today warn that the UK's economic problems are pushing more pension schemes to the limit.

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