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

Britain's recovery driven by spending, not trade

ONS shows unbalanced growth, as consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2007

The Business Matrix: Thursday 26 September 2013

Baby boom helps Cussons profits

'Britain is being ripped off over rural broadband': BT handed £1.2bn ‘subsidy’ from the taxpayer

British Telecom has been handed a taxpayer “subsidy” of almost £1.2bn because the Government “mismanaged” its superfast broadband.

Consumer confidence on rise

Fresh signs of the UK’s improving economic health emerged today as a consumer confidence index hit a new high.

Industry backs demand for 24-hour energy firm switch

The energy industry has today been challenged to follow the lead set by the telecoms and banking sectors and speed-up the switching process.

According to the Trussell Trust, the number of people who need food banks like this one has risen by 200 per cent

One in three Britons struggling to feed themselves

A Which? survey out today reveals that rising grocery bills are causing real hardship

Retail sales fall as hard-hit shoppers rein in spending

Britons eased back on the barbecues last month after a glorious July, sending retail sales skidding lower for the first time since April today.

New iPhone apps read blood alcohol levels and hail taxis

Simple to use breathalyser gadgets will help combat drink driving

Kingfisher weathers the ups and downs with rise in sales

Swinging from the coldest March for 50 years to the hottest July since 2006, Ian Cheshire, chief executive of B&Q owner Kingfisher, could not resist calling the first six months of its financial year “a game of two quarters.”

Why don't people switch their mortgages?

Money savings rather than better service more likely to tempt those considering a change

LA Fitness and Dave Whelan Sports improve gym contracts after OFT investigation

Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

Watchdog warns of mobile dangers

People using mobile-banking services to transfer cash are risking making mistakes, the City watchdog has warned.

Revealed: Two-thirds of UK adults have had unwanted PPI calls

One in four people received their most recent call during a family meal

Potential dangers for consumers using mobile banking highlighted

More than a billion people are expected to use their mobile phones for banking services worldwide by the end of 2017

OFT investigates Carpetright and rivals over ‘misleading’ promotions

The floor-covering specialist Carpetright said it is “co-operating fully” with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over the watchdog’s investigation into “misleading” sales practices of furniture, carpet and bed chains yesterday.

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