News The rise in the cost of groceries has contributed to the rise in people using food banks, such as this one in Poplar

The Government has been accused of protecting corporate profits at the expense of the world’s poorest people by trying to block European Union reforms to curb food speculation.

E.On raises gas and electricity prices

The power company E.On has announced price rises of 9 per cent for electricity and 3 per cent for gas from next month, blaming "rising industry costs". The firm said the increase will add 16p a day to its dual fuel customers, adding that wholesale energy prices have soared by 35 per cent since last spring.

David Prosser: Britain's moment to embrace the Brics

Outlook What do Ireland and the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China (dubbed the Bric countries), have in common? Both account for roughly 7 per cent of Britain's export sales. As a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, "The World in 2050", concludes today, if that state of affairs is allowed to continue, the UK will risk "playing in the slow lane of history".

Huhne sets out 'seismic' plans for electricity market reform

Plans to shake up the electricity market and ensure £110bn of infrastructure investment by 2020 were unveiled by the Government yesterday.

LME chief pleads for right to carry on shorting

The drive for regulation could be motivated by political concerns and risks ignoring the underlying factors that drive commodity prices, according to the chief executive of the London Metal Exchange.

Investment Column: Johnson Matthey still has more to offer

Sportingbet; Hampson Industries

Silver traders accuse HSBC of rigging the market

Traders at HSBC and JPMorgan Chase placed "spoof" orders so as to manipulate prices in the silver market, according to lawsuits filed against the pair.

The Business On... Javed Ahmed, Tate & Lyle

So Javed Ahmed's no sweetie?

Market Report: BG falls back as buyers leak out of energy stocks

BG Group was among the losers as commodity prices dipped and investors moved out following a warning about its valuation.

Investment Column: Drax shares continue to suffer, so get out

SSL International; Range Resources

Xstrata reinstates dividend as China supports metal prices

The mining giant Xstrata reinstated its dividend yesterday, adding that stimulus packages in developing economies were underpinning confidence in commodity markets.

Sean O'Grady: Economy's house of horrors has frightened the Bank

Spooked. Though the Bank of England and its Governor, Mervyn King, would never use such indelicate language, it was not just the Hallowe'en experience that has them quaking. The Bank is spooked – shocked might be a better word – by the economy's continuing weakness.

David Prosser: The Bank sticks to its guns on QE

Outlook We will never know for sure whether quantitative easing has worked, says Charlie Bean, the deputy governor of the Bank of England. Well, in one sense, that's a statement of the obvious: the British economy might be in a much worse state had we not had QE – as Mr Bean says, we simply cannot know.

Investment Column: Hold on for a copper stock's bumpy ride

Tullow Oil; Paddy Power

David Prosser: Deflation is scary. So too is a policymaker in a blind panic

Outlook Here's a thought about the terrifying spectre of deflation now looming large if the much bigger than expected fall in inflation seen last month is a taste of things to come. It may not be so terrifying.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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