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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