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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Chinese luxury shoppers seek home comforts

Wealthy Chinese shoppers are beginning to ditch European shopping trips for Asian spending sprees.

Tomorrow is the FSA's final day

Julian Knight: Changing of the regulator guard ought to be good news for consumers

On Monday, the Financial Services Authority ceases to exist, to be replaced by the Financial Conduct Authority. The offices will be the same and the overwhelming majority of personnel remain.

One in four families cutting back on energy bills to pay rent or mortgage

Four out of 10 families with children have cut down on food spend to pay housing costs

Fastest growth posted by Sainsbury's

The supermarket chain Sainsbury's has emerged as the fastest-growing of the big four grocers so far this year, putting rivals Tesco, Asda and Morrisons in the shade.

Charges: Stop firms hiding unfair fees in the small print

Annoyed by hidden charges? I am. When I buy flights or tickets to concerts or football matches I expect to pay the advertised rate. But you never do. There’s always an “admin fee”, “booking charge” or even “credit card surcharge” added on top. It’s sneaky and misleading.

European regulators scrutinise Apple's demands on networks selling iPhone and iPad

The demands made by Apple on networks selling its iPhone and iPad devices are being scrutinised by European regulators.

European regulators scrutinise Apple's demands on networks selling iPhone and iPad

The demands made by Apple on networks selling its iPhone and iPad devices are being scrutinised by European regulators.

Next warns of tough times ahead for retailers

Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, has warned of another year of “subdued” trading for the retail sector after the fashion chain delivered a healthy uplift in annual profits.

Marketing: Get your hands off my man cave

Ranging from a tiny spare room decked out with games machines to a vast basement of metal work tool memorabilia, man caves are the personal spaces us guys retreat to be away from women and all things girly.

Companies that hide charges in small print should be taken to court, says Law Commission

Companies which tuck away hidden charges in the small print should face being taken to court, the Law Commission has recommended.

Simon Read: help us George, consumers say ahead of budget

The cost of household bills has soared by a quarter in the past five years, according to research by uSwitch.

Google fined $7m for Street View snooping

Google has acknowledged that it violated people’s privacy by "snooping" on personal data via wi-fi during its Street View mapping project.

Consumers fear call-centre security lapses

British consumers are living in fear of security breaches in firms they deal with on a daily basis, a new survey suggests.

In good shape: Pure Gym plans 30 new sites

Pure Gym is to more than double its number of outlets in London this year, as the low-cost gym operator seeks to raise funds to drive its rapid expansion across the UK. 

Letting agents are failing to disclose fees properly, claims report

An investigation by Which? suggests that major letting agents are acting unlawfully by not being upfront about the fees charged to clients

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

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