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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links