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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.

Ed Miliban has pledged to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months if Labour wins power

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Labour plans to rein in energy lobbyists as analysis shows ministers have met with energy giants five times more often than with consumer groups

Ed Miliband has pledged that an incoming Labour government would freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months

Labour energy overhaul could see thousands club together to set up their own companies

Tens of thousands of people would club together to set up their own energy companies under plans being considered by the Labour Party.

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The protests in Kadro, north of Khartoum

At least 30 protesters killed after Sudan fuel price hike

One analyst said the lethal crackdown showed the unrest ‘terrified the government’

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown during TV debates in 2010

Time for David Cameron to stop 'ducking and diving' and agree to TV election debates, says Ed Miliband

Three televised debates during the course of the campaign would exclude both Ukip and the SNP from participating

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch in UK for £599 and £299

Phablet-smartwatch combination offers incredible functionality at a steep price

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

Exclusive poll: Labour just as much to blame for current crisis as Coalition, say voters

Blow for Ed Miliband as he prepares to put the cost of living at the heart of his appeal to the country

John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser embroiled in sports bra price fixing accusations

Office of Fair Trading accuses retailers of entering into illegal anti-competition deals with retailer of the Shock Absorber range, famously marketed in adverts with Anna Kournikova, from 2008 to 2011

Food inflation 'could drop to near 1 per cent soon'

The lingering cost-of-living squeeze on household budgets could ease much sooner than the Bank of England expects, thanks to falling food prices, experts said yesterday.

Clothing and footwear inflation came in at 2%, compared to 2.8% last year, at a time of year when retailers are introducing new full-price autumn ranges

Inflation down to 2.7% as rise in cost of petrol and clothing eases

Petrol prices rose 2p per litre compared to a rise of 3.5p per litre in the same month last year

A bendy London bus that has ended up in Malta

Tourists visiting Malta driven round the bend by the unpopular buses that Boris Johnson rejected

Visitors vow to avoid island until saga over unpopular Arriva buses is resolved

The £7,000 curved television that lets viewers watch different programs simultaneously

The Samsung S9C is the first to go on the market in the UK equipped with Multi View technology.

The new iPhone 5C will come in five different colours

iPhone 5C: Apple's first departure from high-end devices

The introduction of the iPhone 5C marks Apple's first departure from high-end devices.

The Touch ID feature on the iPhone 5S allows users to unlock their phone using their fingerprint

iPhone 5S: Key features on Apple's 'forward-thinking smartphone'

Apple has described the new iPhone 5S as the “most forward-thinking smartphone in the world”.

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