Moss Bros hits eight-year high and hikes dividend after Christmas sales surge

Shares of Moss Bros soared to an eight-year high in London trading after the suit hire and retailer unexpectedly said it will boost its dividend.

Six months to recover from the festive fun

Two out of five parents are worried about how they will manage in the new year because of the financial hangover from Christmas.

Cheques with a value of almost £840bn were processed in the UK in 2012 – 10 per cent of all payments by individuals.

Treasury unveils ‘smart’ way to cash a cheque: Take a photo on your phone and mail to the bank

People will be able to take pictures of cheques on their smartphones and send them to their bank to receive the money early, under a Treasury plan announced today.

The winner of the 2013 'The World's Biggest Liar' competition Mike Naylor

Story of mythical marine creature takes top prize at Cumbria's World's Biggest Liar competition

Mike Naylor, aka Monkey Liar, defeats tall tales of 11 fibbers to claim £25 prize

Consumers are expected to spend a total of £82.7 billion on their cards and by cash and cheque this December

12 per cent of 2013 festive spending will be digital, forecasts payments monitor

Around 12 pence in every £1 of consumers' Christmas shopping this year will be spent online, according to forecasts by the body which oversees payments in the UK.

Businessman Sir Philip Green leaves the High Court after giving evidence in the case brought by Michelle Young against her estranged husband, Scot Young

Topshop boss Sir Philip Green ‘lent tycoon friend Scot Young £80,000 to help pay his rent’

Michelle Young claims her husband has squirrelled away 'a few billion at least' in offshore tax havens around the world

Paul Pogba

Transfer news: Juventus president admits a 'massive offer' for Paul Pogba would be impossible to resist

The former Manchester United player has become a regular since switching to Turin

Electric pylons are shown linking the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station to the National Grid

EDF deal paves way for UK’s first new nuclear plant in 20 years at Hinkley Point

Reactors could be announced ‘within two weeks’, sources claim

Postcard from... Madrid

Labour Party conference: Future of HS2 in doubt as Ed Balls warns of veto

Announcement marks a significant change of policy

Robert Devereux is permanent secretary at the DWP

Civil servant who presided over Universal Credit programme accused of a 'litany of failures' by MPs

Robert Devereux admitted it had taken him more than a year to realise that there were problems

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

US Open: Serena Williams claims 17th Grand Slam with victory over Victoria Azarenka

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

Ed Miliband wants union members to opt in to joining Labour rather than being automatically affiliated

GMB union fear for Labour role under Ed Miliband's reforms

The Labour leader is due to meet GMB general secretary Paul Kenny later today

X Factor judge Gary Barlow in Glasgow.

Gary Barlow offers to light up Blackpool after Danny O'Donoghue pulls out

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has offered to step in and perform at the turning on of the Blackpool Illuminations after The Voice star Danny O'Donoghue and his band pulled out.

The estimated cost of the HS2 rail link continues to rise

HS2 is a 'giant folly' and should be scrapped, warns influential Institute of Directors

The influential Institute of Directors today became the latest voice to join growing calls for the Government to scrap the high-speed rail project HS2.

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