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Unilever has announced plans to ditch PricewaterhouseCoopers after 27 years and is set to move its  £18 million a year audit to rival KPMG.

Beginner's Guide To: Personal loans

Loan rates are starting to gradually fall, however, providers continue to be very selective on who they will offer their best deals to with many of the most competitive products available to existing customers only.

EU antitrust chief-to-be backs mega-fines

The European Union's designated antitrust commissioner said he considered the EU's high fines an effective deterrent to cartels or monopoly abuse.

Intel hit with lawsuit over competition abuses

Intel, the world's leading microchip maker, which is already facing the largest European Union fine for anti-competitive practices, was yesterday hit with further legal action in its main market, the US.

Intel pays out $1.2 billion to chip maker rival

Intel is paying Silicon Valley rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) $1.25 billion (£749 million) to squash a legal battle over Intel's sales tactics, a rift that led to antitrust charges against Intel in several countries and was headed toward a costly and nasty trial next year.

Axe swings at Sun Micro as Oracle deal looms

Sun Microsystems plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs as it awaits a takeover by Oracle, a deal that is being held up by antitrust regulators in Europe.

Competition Commission fights on against PPI

The Competition Commission will continue its campaign against payment protection insurance (PPI) schemes, which consumer lobby groups have long condemned for their loopholes and poor value for money.

David Prosser: FirstGroup offers Adonis a cheap fare

Outlook: The combination of FirstGroup and National Express would have a stranglehold on certain types of service

Google CEO to stay on Apple board despite antitrust inquiry

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says he doesn't plan to resign from Apple's board despite a government inquiry into whether the ties between the two companies violate antitrust law.

EU forced to go soft on budget deficit breaches

Brussels is to take disciplinary|action against six European Union members for breaching the bloc’s maximum allowed budget deficit as they attempt to shore up their faltering economies. But it emerged last night that France, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Malta and Latvia are likely to escape relatively unscathed, with the European Commission under heavy pressure not to slap the heavy penalties that breaking EU’s budget deficit rules would normally incur.

Apax edges away from £1.25bn Reed bid

Apax has cooled its interest in the £1.25bn auction for Reed Business Information (RBI), the publisher. Rivals United Business Media and Informa have already indicated that they are not interested in the auction.

Sky appeals against ITV share sale order

BSkyB will launch a formal appeal today against the Competition Commission's ruling that it must sell more than half of its 17.9 per cent stake in rival broadcaster ITV at a cost of hundreds of millions of pounds.

How we met: Danny Brocklehurst and Max Beesley

'I have a difficult relationship with actors. It doesn't always do to be friends with them'

Howard Jacobson: It's official... if you take the trouble to read Shakespeare, your brain will thank you for it

Forgive my jubilation, but I have been waiting for this scientific proof for a long time

Gill warns Fifa over cash row

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Russia's gulag museum

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable