News John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

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.

Protesters at Balcombe, Sussex

Balcombe protesters to be evicted as Ed Davey contradicts David Cameron’s claim that fracking boom can bring down energy bills

Six-week protest outside a potential fracking site in West Sussex village dealt a blow as eviction order is served

Bill Grimsey urges £550m levy to aid high street in alternative to Portas plan

The veteran retailer Bill Grimsey has called on national retail and leisure chains to come to the rescue of ailing high streets by pumping £550m into a local economic development fund via a one-off levy in 2014.

Russell Lynch: Labour is heading up a dead-end street with its 'cost-of-living crisis'

Economic View: Wages will close the gap on the cost of living and rising house prices will lift the mood

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Whether you love Old World whites or can't get enough of vibrant New World reds, we're on the case

Croydon skyline

Croydon: the debt-worry capital of the UK

London suburb tops list of places where people are seeking financial help

Driving to find cheaper fuel can cost plenty

We all enjoy finding a bargain but motorists hitting the roads to find cheap petrol could be making an expensive mistake. New research suggests it's not worth driving more than a couple of miles to save 1p off a litre.

Daniel Altman: New boy Raghuram Rajan has his work cut out as rupee nosedives

Economic View: The RBI is much less protected from political meddling than the Federal Reserve or European Central Bank

Savers struggling to stand still against march of inflation

With interest rates expected to stay low for years, there are few places to park your cash where it won't be steadily eroded. By Chiara Cavaglieri

The Business Matrix: Thursday 15 August 2013

New defect found in Dreamliner

James Ashton: Smart-meter plans aren't looking so bright

Outlook The companies queuing up for a slice of work from the Government's grand plan to put a smart energy meter in every home have been waiting for a verdict longer than most homeowners used to have to hang around for the meter reader to knock on their door.

European slump hits E.ON despite UK price rise

After hitting British households that needed the heating over the long, cold winter with price hikes of up to 9.4%, German energy giant E.ON today showed how much it cashed in, with UK revenues rising 9% to £4.4 billion for just the first half of the year.

Falling cost of clothing and footwear helped reduce inflation

Inflation down in July: Relief for Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Easing of pressure from cost of living offers some relief for stretched household budgets

It has emerged that train fares could rise by more than nine per cent next year for some train journeys

Fares to rise by more than 9% as rail pressure groups hit out at 'inflation-busting' increases

Price increases of more than double inflation prompt complaints from consumer groups

Retail guru’s plan for high street flawed, says ex-Wickes boss

The former boss of the DIY retailer Wickes has stepped up his criticism of the retail expert Mary Portas, stating that one of her key recommendations on business rates would have saved firms just 50p a week last year.

Fuel prices could be cut by 5p a litre in rural areas if Europe accepts Danny Alexander proposals

Fuel prices to be cut in rural areas if Europe gives go-ahead

The 'island fuel rebate' which saves drivers 5p a litre off Scottish coast and on Scilly Isles could be rolled out across UK

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

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Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

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Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

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Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism