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Outlook Now just how does that saying go about sinking ships and desertion?

Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi yacht heads down the Solent yesterday

Injured servicemen dip a 'toe in the water' with entry to gruelling yacht race

Amputees among 2,500 competitors in biennial 608-mile race featuring more women than ever

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas plans to offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays.

Centrica said an 11 per cent rise in profits at British Gas residential came after last year's colder-than-normal weather saw gas use leap 12 per cent

British Gas owner Centrica criticises tax regime as it announces residential profits of £356m

Residential arm sees 3.2% rise after raising tariffs in December

Industry figures Lord Browne, Baroness Hogg, Sam Laidlaw, and Lord Howell all advise the government

Revealed: Fracking industry bosses at heart of coalition

Campaigners warn of potential conflicts of interest from energy-sector leaders advising on policy

Centrica eyes move for top BP executive

One of BP’s top executives has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next chairman of British Gas owner Centrica.

Shale gas: Centrica puts £160m into fracking fields around Blackpool

Parent group of British Gas will take 25% stake in six Lancashire wells

Defence: Sir Roger Carr confirmed as BAE chairman

The defence giant BAE Systems hailed Sir Roger Carr's skills with investors and government as it confirmed him as its new chairman. He is viewed as a safe pair of hands following a year that saw the collapse of a £30bn merger with the Airbus manufacturer EADS.

Sir Roger Carr named as new BAE chairman

Sir Roger will replace Dick Olver, who has held the role for nine years

British Gas owner poised for role in UK fracking

Centrica, British Gas’s owner, is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by the former BP chief executive Lord Browne, in a move that could boost the UK’s nascent shale gas industry.

British Gas owner Centrica sets sights on shale gas drilling licences

News that British Gas owner Centrica is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by former BP boss Lord Browne, could prove a major boost to the UK's nascent shale gas industry.

British Gas pledges to put lid on prices after cold-weather boost

Bonanza from tough winter 'will be used to benefit customers for as long as possible'

James Ashton: Here’s the way to hand real power to women

Sir Roger Carr was back beating the drum for greater diversity at the top of British companies at an Ernst & Young reception on Tuesday night.

Business week in review

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A snow plough clears the A66 near Bowes where the road was closed for several hours due to heavy snow as forecasters have warned that another cold snap is on its way -

Snow and cold weather in March adds £80 to cost of home heating

Increases in energy prices threaten to push much of the population into fuel poverty

Trouble in store as snow and cold weather hits gas supplies

Britain's supplies are at the mercy of the weather and volatile markets unless it increases its meagre storage capacity, says Tom Bawden

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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