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.

Basingstoke town centre, Hampshire

Goodbye toys and cards. Hello loans and bookies

Britain's chain stores are shutting up shop, and changing the character of the high street

James Moore: Bank's efforts a problem for pension funds

Outlook There has been much gnashing of teeth about companies in Britain sitting on pots of cash that they refuse to invest. At least some of them might have a good reason for this.

Portugal to unveil austerity budget

Portugal's government is putting the finishing touches to a draft budget for next year which is expected to be one of the toughest in the country's recent history.

Portuguese government set to unveil austerity budget

Portugal's government is putting the finishing touches to a draft budget for next year which is expected to be one of the toughest in the country's recent history.

Protesters greet Ms Merkel with Nazi salutes

Greek police fire tear gas as 40,000 vent a nation's anger during Merkel's visit

Crowds burn swastikas and throw rocks at officers in Athens as they blame Germany for austerity crisis

Hundreds of jobs at risk as United Carpets fails

United Carpets has become the latest retail casualty after it collapsed into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Cornelius, Finborough Theatre, London

This J B Priestley play impressed the critics when it opened in 1935 but flopped after only a few weeks and has since sunk into near oblivion. 

Polly Peck creditors will chase Tories for £440,000

The Conservative Party will be pursued by the creditors of Polly Peck International for the return of £440,000 donated by Asil Nadir before his companies collapsed, The Independent has learnt.

Michael Laudrup: 'if it's difficult to reach the top it's more difficult to stay there'

Laudrup is the new pass master of south Wales

It is in the Dane's blood to maintain the club's tradition of possession, he tells Ian Herbert

JJB in fresh financial crunch

The troubled sportswear JJB Sports faces another battle to safeguard its future after a rapid deterioration in its finances.

Bankruptcy too expensive for those in debt

A substantial fall in the number of people going bankrupt could be due to high fees not any improvement in personal finances, a leading debt advice body has warned.

Insolvencies hit four-year low

Personal insolvencies have fallen to a four-year low, despite the toughening economy, official figures showed today.

Legendary Nürburgring faces closure

The Nürburgring, Germany's legendary Formula One racing circuit, faces the prospect of bankruptcy and possible closure next week, because the private operating company which runs it has failed to meet debts estimated to be €500m (£390m).

Cable writes to HBOS about Farepak collapse

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, yesterday wrote to HBOS about the state-backed bank's role in the demise of Christmas hampers business Farepak.

Vince Cable writes to HBOS about Farepak

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, yesterday wrote to HBOS about the state-backed bank's role in the demise of Christmas hampers business Farepak.

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