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Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

Manufacturing output delivers weak performance

Fears that the recovery in the manufacturing sector is starting to lose steam were fuelled today by lacklustre industrial growth figures.

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Business leaders threw down the gauntlet to the Chancellor, George Osborne, last night with demands for an aggressively pro-business Budget to kick-start the economy's fragile recovery.

Get to grips with spurring growth, Osborne is urged

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Facebook to offer free advertising

Facebook announced plans today to help thousands of small firms by offering free advertising to boost their chances of growing their business.

£32bn high-speed rail project given green light

The Government today gave the go-ahead for the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, saying the £32.7 billion project would benefit the whole country.

Jim Moore: Why big business doesn't deserve much sympathy

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Tube workers to stage four strikes

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TV retail expert Mary Portas proposed a national market day and relaxation of rules to stem shop closures

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The state of the UK's high streets was laid bare today when a government-commissioned report described some town centres as "dead", with huge increases in the number of empty shops.

Posen urges bankers to prevent second recession

Adam Posen, the arch-dove of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, has issued his loudest call yet for the world's central banks to embark on another round of quantitative easing in order to prevent a return to global recession.

Britain's manufacturing sector shifts into reverse

The feeble pace of economic recovery was confirmed yesterday in the latest Office for National Statistics data, which also showed Britain's industrial output fell in the second quarter of this year by more than feared.

Weak business confidence still jeopardising investment

Business confidence continues to slide in the UK, with few expecting to see economic growth over the coming six months, according to a survey published today.

Recovery blow as trade gap widens

Hopes for an export-led recovery in the UK economy were dealt a blow today after a widening in the country's trade gap in June.

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Longworth takes the helm at BCC

John Longworth, a veteran retailer, has been named as the new director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, taking over from David Frost, who has run the business organisation since 2003. Mr Longworth has held posts as a senior executive at Asda and Tesco, and is also non-executive director of the Co-operative Group Food Ltd and Nichols plc.

Stephen Foley: Wall St needs to stop fighting Dodd-Frank

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