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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.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' name mispelt on Hollywood Walk of Fame

They misspelled Julia Louis-Dreyfus' name on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, but the Emmy-winning star of "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" seemed tickled by the typo.

Interest rates held at 0.5%

The Bank of England kept interest rates at their record low level today.

UK exports plunge by £1.4bn

UK exports took their biggest plunge in more than three years during January, official figures showed today.

'Lay foundations for growth,' BCC tells Alistair Darling

British growth will stall in 2011 as the economy struggles to overcome a series of obstacles this year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned in its latest forecast released today.

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India's tourism mecca Goa is fast becoming a centre for the sex trade and drugs, a leading business group has said.

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US court strikes down law limiting campaign finance

The part played by money in the democracy that is the United States threatened to expand dramatically yesterday, when the Supreme Court struck down 20-year-old campaign finance laws that greatly limited the volumes of cash corporate interests could throw at individual candidates.

French town cashes in on forgotten francs

Shopkeepers invite customers to spend their old notes before it's too late

Steve Richards: Brown... mighty Chancellor, weak PM

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Retailers count the cost as VAT returns to 17.5 per cent

Big stores promise to absorb or delay increase in bid to attract shoppers

Scrappage boost fails to close growing trade gap

The UK's goods trade gap rose to a nine-month high of £7.1 billion in October despite an export boost from car scrappage schemes, official figures showed today.

Bank of England faced with its biggest split on policy in a decade

MPC to discuss pumping more billions into economy

Rupert Cornwell: Spot the hoax in the land of Fox News

Out of America: 'Balloon Boy' took the nation in – but it's even harder to distinguish fact from fiction among the polarised cable TV networks

Sir Max Brown: Civil servant who helped oversee the creation of the Department of Trade and Industry

Sir Max Brown was a much admired and respected Permanent Secretary in the Board of Trade and its successor, the Department of Trade and Industry.

US business lobby spent $35m fighting Obama plans

Friction between the business community and the Obama administration was on display in the third quarter, as the US Chamber of Commerce spent a record $34.7m (£20.9m) lobbying against a raft of legislation that it said will be bad for business.

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