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Britain's oldest private-equity firm has written down the value of its investment in the retailer Hobbs because of poor trading over the festive period.

A growing body of research suggests that a good cackle carries health benefits

Laughter Inc: the cheering growth of the chuckle industry

Getting people to guffaw together has become a serious enterprise, report Sarah Morrison and Beren Cross

Now the Chancellor has trumped the City again with his brutal sacking of Stephen Hester

George Osborne and Stephen Hester: A giddy game of musical chairs in the City

The City hasn't seen this sort of blood-letting or excitement for years, possibly decades. First of all came George Osborne's stunning decision to overlook all the City grandees and appoint Don Draper, sorry Mark Carney, to be the new Governor of the Bank of England, thus over-turning centuries of tradition and ignoring months of lickspittle by wannabe governors.

Singapore punishes RBS and others for rate manipulation

Royal Bank of Scotland was yesterday among 20 banks punished by Singapore's central bank for trying to manipulate benchmark borrowing and currency rates.

Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker is to step down

Deputy Bank of England Governor Paul Tucker quits

Mr Tucker said he planned to spend time in academia in the US

A Coalition row has broken out over the proposed sale to the public of shares in the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland as Liberal Democrats warned that they will not allow ordinary people to be 'conned'

Coalition row breaks out over sale of RBS shares to the public

Although both parties want to see many of the shares go to ordinary people, Lib Dems are worried that George Osborne may adopt a scheme that would see a rise in the share price benefit the Treasury

Nathan Bostock in running to replace Stephen Hester at RBS

He was recently announced as the bank's new finance director

Police officers detain a protester demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in central London

G8 protests: 57 people arrested in London after clashes between police and anti-capitalist demonstrators

Major operation launched to clear central London HQ of anti-G8 movement in former police station

Emily Thornberry: Weak UK laws meant US took the lead in Libor scandal, she said

Labour plans a white-collar crime blitz to tackle financial mis-selling and fraud - with fines based on turnover

UK banks and businesses could face multimillion pound fines for defrauding their customers in a crackdown on white-collar crime to be announced by Labour.

Bankers' bonuses 'could be delayed for a decade'

Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards says move would make bankers think more about their behaviour

Market Report: Samsung suppliers hit by Galaxy cloud

Back in April, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone was the hottest device around, but fears that demand has waned swept the stock market yesterday and investors hung up on its suppliers.

Mark Dampier: Ten years on, and you can still bank on Ian McVeigh

Investors need to take care when looking at a fund's performance history. A five- or ten-year track record might be available, but it doesn't mean the same manager has been at the helm throughout. Continuity of management is a rare thing these days. Fund managers move around regularly, making it difficult for investors to track their progress.

Easy financing helps car sales return to 2007 levels

Car sales returned to pre-recession levels last month as consumers took advantage of special offers and shifted increasingly to more energy-efficient vehicles.

Bank’s flagship credit scheme flops again as lending falls £300m

The Bank of England’s key tool for boosting credit to the economy drew heavy fire today as lending shrank by £300 million in the first three months of the year.

The Business Matrix: Monday 3 June 2013

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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