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

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in October 2012

Rhodri Marsden: Windows 8 U-turn based on nagging fear users will desert Microsoft for Apple

Millions have downloaded utilities to bring back some traditional lements of Windows

Cold March drove down high-street inflation

Frantic price-cutting by clothing chains and DIY stores in the wake of March's cold weather has driven down high-street inflation to its lowest level for three and a half years, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Simon Read: Even more choice for those facing annuity puzzle

Yeah, I know that pensions are boring but one of the most crucial financial decisions anyone may take is getting the right annuity.

Home Retail is hobbled by blow from soggy summer

Home Retail chief executive Terry Duddy has blamed last year’s spring and summer washout for annual profits more than halving at its DIY chain Homebase.

The credibility of George Osborne’s £310bn plan to boost economic growth has been thrown into doubt by MPs

MPs raise doubts over credibility of George Osborne's £310bn infrastructure plan

The credibility of George Osborne’s £310bn plan to boost economic growth by building roads, railways, airports and power stations is thrown into doubt today by MPs.

TalkTalk fined £750,000 for making excessive number of silent calls

Ofcom has fined TalkTalk £750,000 for making an excessive number of abandoned and silent calls, the regulator said.

The 'space race' of opening big supermarkets is over

Why big is no longer beautiful for Tesco

The supermarket chain's relentless hunger for giant new stores is over, it has signalled. So what's the strategy?

Global PC sales dive in move towards tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said last night. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent in the first three months this year, it said, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994.

James Moore: Vince Cable's £300m is a drop in the ocean

Outlook A starving man will jump at anything resembling food, and so it's no wonder that the business community was cheering the £300m that Vince Cable's business department is making available for business lending.

FCA will try human touch

The boss of the new Financial Conduct Authority, Martin Wheatley, will say in a speech tonight that he wants to bring a “more human” face to the financial regulator which has taken on many of the roles of the old Financial Services Authority.

Sinclair sales nipped in the bud as freeze hits gardeners

British gardeners have suffered one of the slowest starts to the growing season for years with daffodils and snowdrops still crowding the flowerbeds where bedding plants would normally be taking root by now.

Online and services sectors ride out storms

Freezing conditions across the UK haven't stopped people spending – but it was online retailers and the services sector that benefited.

Under the new rules traders are expected to ensure any surcharges are representative of the actual processing cost involved

Big fees for credit card bookings now banned

Businesses are banned from today from automatically imposing excessive charges when customers use credit or debit cards to pay for a holiday, an air or train journey, a concert ticket or a visit to the theatre or cinema.

Metalrax sale saves 387 jobs

Almost 400 jobs have been saved after Metalrax, the Midlands-based maker of bakeware and kitchen accessories, was sold out of administration to the engineering group Bowman Birmingham.

Numbers of complaints about unwanted calls have trebled in just six months

Campaigners are calling for action against rogue operators

Whether it’s PPI mis-selling, double glazing  or accident insurance claims, the plague of unsolicited calls has reached the status of No. 1 complaint to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
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Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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All the wood’s a stage

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Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

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Self-preservation society

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