In its annual report published today the company revealed it made an operating profit of £294 million.

Vodafone pays no UK corporation tax for second year running despite earning £5 billion in sales

In its annual report published today the company revealed it made an operating profit of £294 million but paid no corporation tax

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Former England left-back Wayne Bridge completes move to Reading

The 32-year-old had been released by Manchester City

Christian Wade will make his England Test debut on Saturday

Christian Wade: I will make England shirt mine

Christian Wade insists he is not just keeping the England shirt warm for Chris Ashton as he prepares to make his Test debut against Argentina on Saturday.

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Coach surprised by criticism and says 'all that was missing against Ireland was second goal'

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England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi commits future to Leicester

Tuilagi has scored 19 tries in 62 appearances for the club

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Dylan Hartley faces anxious wait on Lions ban

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The latest report from the second Test at Headingley

Alastair Cook feared England’s lead was insufficient

England v New Zealand: Hard work on beating left-handers should keep paying dividends

A day that began with victory a possibility for both sides ended up being as short as it was Broad's.

Live: England vs New Zealand

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The on-loan Liverpool striker has been rewarded for his strong finish to the season

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