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Retail sales rose at their fastest rate in nine years in December, the Office for National Statistics reported yesterday. However, some City analysts immediately cast doubt on the reliability of the figures.

Insider dealers will not be charged for a year, says FSA

Financial watchdog is building case against those arrested in dawn raids

Fit and firing Nadal reaches the last four

The defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 late on Thursday night in Indian Wells to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in his first tournament since returning from a six-week injury lay-off.

Nadal powers on at Indian Wells

Defending champion Rafael Nadal booked his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych.

Almagro collapse hands Murray victory

Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after fourth-round opponent Nicolas Almagro was forced to retire with an ankle injury. Fourth seed Murray was leading 6-2, 1-0 when his unseeded Spanish opponent was forced to call it a day having already called a medical time out at the end of the first set. Next up for Murray is a tricky looking encounter with sixth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling.

Federer overcomes error-strewn display to see off Hanescu

Roger Federer made hard work of beating Victor Hanescu at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Sunday but eventually made it through to join Andy Murray in the third round.

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Banks bid for £2bn Arriva deal

SNCF, the French national rail operator, will move closer to a £5bn-turnover merger with Arriva, the British Ftse 250 transport group, with the appointment of deal advisers this month.

Henin granted Indian Wells wildcard

Australian Open finalist and former world number one Justine Henin has been granted a wildcard place in next month's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Abu Dhabi in for EDF asset

The auction for EDF Energy's electrical distribution business is expected to heat up after news emerged that Abu Dhabi, which has run the slide rule over the asset in the past, has held talks over a potential £5bn joint bid.

US economy recovering less quickly than forecast

The American economy grew less quickly in the third quarter of the year than official data has previously suggested, the US Commerce Department admitted yesterday, as new figures on house prices and consumer confidence suggested the country was coming out of recession only slowly.

EDF looks to cut debts with €4bn sale of UK electricity distribution business

The French energy company EDF may sell off part of its UK operation in a move that could raise more than €4bn to help it reduce its debts.

Madame Tussauds plans to remodel its future

The owner of Madame Tussauds, Merlin Entertainments Group, is believed to be in final preparations for a £2bn London Stock Exchange listing early next year.

Ian Birrell: Big men, bankers and the stench of corruption

We cracked down on terrorism, so why not on this larceny that kills far more people?

Sarkozy calls French banks to account

President Nicolas Sarkozy is to warn France's banks to stop paying big bonuses to traders.

Swiss UBS continues in the red as costs weigh

The Swiss banking giant UBS has failed to emulate some of its biggest rivals at home and abroad as it posted a third consecutive quarterly loss, hit by exceptional charges.

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