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.

Government warned off secret nuclear subsidies

Chris Huhne has been warned that the Energy Department, which he runs, needs to be "upfront" about whether the Government proposes to subsidise new nuclear power stations. The Coalition plans 10 new reactors, although before the election it was Liberal Democrat policy to oppose them. Maintaining and cleaning up after Britain's older nuclear stations cost billions, and the Government said that the new ones must pay their own way.

Glencore mulls gold spin-off after float

Glencore International, the commodities trader which is heading to the London Stock Exchange next week with a $60bn flotation, is looking again at spinning off its gold assets.

Margareta Pagano: How does it feel to be Glencore's $10bn man?

The question I just had to ask Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore International, when we chatted last week was what it feels like to be worth $10bn – the amount he'll be valued at on paper when the mining giant floats next week.

With a mighty $61bn bound, Glencore gets set to enter the FTSE 100

The secretive Swiss commodities trader will come under close scrutiny as it floats with up to 1.25 billion shares this month

Commodities promise an interesting ride for investors

Simon Read asks whether Glencore’s IPO is a positive sign to invest or a warning

Glencore under fire for pushing up wheat prices

Glencore International, the commodities behemoth heading for a £40bn flotation next month, finds itself plunged into controversy this week.

Samira Ahmed: The man from Glencore just doesn't get it

Mr Murray has nothing against women, it's just that they don't meet his standards

Glencore sails straight into FTSE with £6.7bn flotation

World's largest commodity trader names Simon Murray as its new chairman

Commodities fall as Goldman calls time on the bull run

Traders were caught off guard last night after one of Wall Street's best-known commodity bulls advised clients to take profits in oil, copper and other key resources.

Investment Column: GKN still has a higher gear to shift into

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EDF hit by 74 per cent profits drop

The French energy giant EDF yesterday blamed a 74 per cent drop in annual profits on gas and electricity markets still depressed by the economic slowdown.

EDF hikes gas and electricity prices

EDF Energy has become the last of the big six suppliers to announce a tariff rise as it called an end to its winter price freeze on 2 March. Standard tariffs for electricity bills will rise by an average 7.5 per cent, and gas bills will increase by an average of 6.5 per cent.

BP hit by UK safety order and alleged US market fixing

BP was defending itself on multiple fronts yesterday after the UK health and safety watchdog ordered it to fix safety lapses on some North Sea rigs while American regulators mulled charges over alleged manipulations of the gas market.

Secretive trader prepares to open up

Switzerland's Glencore is considering plans for what is set to be one of the biggest listings of the year. Nikhil Kumar reports
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