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

Carpetright has confirmed it is one of the companies under investigation, but says there is no suggestion it has broken competition law

Furniture and carpet shops probed over price fixing

Six high street retailers under investigation for allegedly using artificially high prices to make price cuts look better

Investment View: It's worth taking the trip with two travel firms

It's holiday time so it seems appropriate to run the slide rule over the two big tour operators that have recently issued rather positive trading updates. While we relax, they are now starting to focus on the winter season and even next year's bookings. But the numbers to date look good.

Google claims that UK law does not apply to them

UK users who were tracked online against their will are told to file a lawsuit in the US

'Popcorn index' helps Cineworld profits jump

Les Misérables and Iron Man 3 helped Cineworld post a 24.1 per cent jump in pre-tax profits to £16.5m in the six months to June.

Money Alert: Protection from rogue traders

Victims bullied or misled into buying goods and services are set to be given new rights to get their money back from rogue traders.

Market Report: China revival helps miners out of a hole

Good news out of China helped the UK's benchmark index back in to the black after four days of losses and pushed miners to the top of the leaderboard. China's exports and imports data was better than expected for July and metal diggers such as Anglo American soared more than 4 per cent.

Virtual reality game comes with a warning: 'don't try and lean on that!'

The HydraDeck for the Oculus Rift is so immersive that players are warned not lean on ingame objects

Zoo, Nuts, Loaded and Front were warned by the Co-op

Co-op to remove 'lads mag' Nuts magazine from shelves because it won't tone down front page

Publisher says ultimatum from supermarket chain is 'knee-jerk attempt to restrict access to a product that consumers have enjoyed for nearly a decade'

James Moore: We'd better not rush headlong into a party as Carney goes for growth

Outlook Mark Carney seems determined to make a noise, and despite an economic backdrop which appears to give him and his colleagues on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee only limited room for manoeuvre, he's surely done it.

James Moore: High streets need action on charges for recovery

Outlook Are the doom-mongers who warn of high streets turning into identikit wastelands consisting of only Starbucks, Costa, supermarket convenience stores, bookies and charity shops, overstating the case?

Thomson and First Choice parent TUI Travel confident despite heatwave blow

Thomson and First Choice parent TUI Travel said the recent heatwave knocked UK sales growth, but insisted summer trading was strong thanks to growing consumer confidence.

FCA probes UK annuity sales to ensure pensioners get fair deal

Britain's Financial Conduct Authority is considering action to ensure pensioners are not duped into buying annuities that give them a poor deal for their life savings by financial services firms.

Slowing US economy likely to be boosted as Washington eases belt-tightening

Tighter fiscal policy and sluggish global demand, which has dampened exports, are seen as having hobbled the economy in the April-June period

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active isn't child-proof, the warranty says so

Adverts show the phone getting dunked in water but the manual says you'd need to check twenty 'snap points' first

Cuts after 2015 election ‘will slow growth’

Chancellor George Osborne should be braced for slowing growth after the next general election, a leading economic forecaster warned today.

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