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John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

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House prices rising at fastest pace in six years, says Halifax

Prices rose by 1.1 per cent month on month to reach £174,910 on average

Consumer splurge in third quarter fuels fears for "unsustainable" recovery

The Office for National Statistics maintained growth figures unchanged at 0.8% for the third quarter

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The dominant companies - EDF, E.on, British Gas, Scottish and Southern,Scottish Power and Npower - will have to overhaul their confusing and expensive tariffs this year to escape tougher action, it said

Npower blasted over performance as energy company tops complaints

Soaring prices and poor customer service have contributed to a surge in complaints from energy customers - with npower receiving a higher rate of customer dissatisfaction than any other “big six” company.

Co-operative Energy has scaled back a planned price increase

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Co-operative Energy has scaled back a planned price increase amid expectations that the Government will axe green levies from bills.

Surprise dip in inflation dampens calls for BoE to put interest rates up

The prospect of an early hike in interest rates by the Bank of England receded yesterday as prices rose by considerably less than expected last month.

A petrol pump price war saw 4.9p cut from a litre of fuel

Inflation falls to its lowest level for more than a year as consumers benefit from petrol pump price war

Figures ease pressure on the Bank of England as it strives to meet its inflation target of 2 per cent

Shock as ECB cuts interest rates to a record low of 0.25 per cent

Stronger euro and fears of deflation thought to be behind surprise move

Shops cut prices for sixth month in succession

Shopkeepers are still furiously cutting prices in an attempt to retain market share and boost sales, despite the brisk economic recovery, a survey shows.

Petrol prices fell 0.2 per cent over the month, or 0.5p per litre, to stand at £1.37 a litre

Fall in petrol prices fails to make a dent in inflation as rate remains at 2.7%

Meanwhile the Retail Prices Index fell from 3.3 per cent in August to 3.2 per cent in September

The Week Ahead: Investors unlikely to clean up on McBride

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There is pressure for the City to clean up its act, but today’s first-quarter update from soap-to-detergent maker McBride might not be what people had in mind. Analysts expect the squeaky-clean update to be largely lacklustre because its results usually improve in the second half.

Energy bill rises curb fall in inflation

Looming hikes in gas and electricity costs are likely to keep inflation higher for longer next year despite another fall in the cost of living expected in September, economists have warned.

Simon Read: Rising energy prices will lead to more winter fuel deaths

I'm not angry at energy giant SSE which on Thursday announced an 8.2 per cent hike in prices from November. The company is just the first of the Big Six to make a move and the others will certainly follow with similar – or higher – increases.

'A gimmick': David Cameron hits out at Ed Miliband in PMQs clash over Labour energy price freeze vow

Labour leader says PM has 'no answer' to pledge introduced last month

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