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Games stay-at-homes send travel firms bust

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

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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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