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.

Blood Land, By Alan Glynn

Intercontinental ballistic missive

Clinton Cards in turnaround struggle

Embattled retailer's chief completes review after failed bid to sell company

Lehman paid $700m to 50 top staff before crash

Lehman Brothers paid senior executives millions of dollars in the run-up to its collapse in 2008, new documents reveal.

First edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest up for auction

A first edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, dedicated by the writer to his first gay lover, is going under the hammer.

Rangers postpone bid announcement

Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps have been forced to delay the announcement of a preferred bidder for the Ibrox club due to proposed changes to Scottish Premier League rules.

Bankrupts warned pension may count as income

Bankrupts could face losing their private pension income, according to a High Court judgment handed down last week.

Former deputy prime minister Baron Heseltine of Thenford

Diary: Hideaway ex-PM Misick feels the weight of 'persecution'

Michael Misick, the former prime minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is feeling persecuted.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Murray bid hits 'fitness' hurdle over Rangers buyout

Former Rangers director Paul Murray stepped up his plans to launch a buyout of the beleaguered Glasgow club yesterday, amid fears that he would not be allowed to rejoin the board if his consortium succeeds.

Glasgow Rangers owner Craig Whyte

Rangers fined £50k over Whyte ban

Rangers were fined £50,000 by the PLUS Stock Exchange yesterday, for failing to disclose Craig Whyte's previous disqualification as a director when the businessman completed his takeover in May last year.

Insolvencies drop to lowest level for a year

The credit ratings company Experian will today issue a rare piece of upbeat economic news, with its latest survey of UK business's financial strength showing a fall in insolvencies.

Spotlight on: Keith Jones, JJB Sports chief executive

Not seen this chap before.

High rents and rates see more shutting up shop

The UK's retail chains closed an average of 14 stores a day in 2011, as retailers exited more shops than they opened for the first time.

KKR lifeline buys time for Coryton

Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR), the US buyout firm, threw a lifeline to the Coryton refinery in Essex yesterday, striking an agreement that will keep it in business for the next three months.

Chips are down as Britain's diners lose taste for eating out

Bankruptcies rise by a third across the sector as people tighten their belts and eat at home
Riot police are attacked by a petrol bomb during anti-cuts protests in Athens yesterday

Greek MPs warned of catastrophe as Athens erupts in violence

Rioters set buildings on fire as highly divisive austerity package is passed by parliament

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