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.

Low-cost airline Ryanair is pinning its hopes on an end to the summer heatwave

Ryanair eyes potential for advertising on outside of jets

Passengers turn down sunshine break abroad to top up tans at home

Dead end: East Jaywick, a suburb of Clacton in Essex, is the most deprived place in Britain

Government's welfare benefits and tax changes amount to 'speeded-up Thatcherism'

The economy may be growing, but inequality is rising more quickly than in 1980s, report warns

The price of gas and electricity has risen by 46 per cent in five years

Savvy Money: For low earners the inflation rate is well above 2.9%

Essentials such as energy and food are going up faster than prices generally, while wages stagnate

Petrol pump prices could soar 5p a litre, the AA has warned

Petrol prices could soar by 5p a litre, warns AA

Petrol pump prices could soar 5p a litre, burning a hole in the pockets of holiday motorists, the AA has warned.

Inflation rises to 2.9% but leaves room for stimulus

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has avoided an embarrassing letter to explain away soaring prices just weeks into his new job after a smaller-than-feared rise in the cost of living during June.

Rising prices at fuel pumps contributed to a surge in June inflation

Mark Carney off the hook as inflation rise is less than expected

Experts say June figure will represent peak and is likely to fall back to 2 per cent target by end of year

Ed Davey says 'The new energy policy will account for 17 per cent of the increase in electricity unit prices, which will not affect household bills'

Taxpayers’ Alliance ‘made dodgy claims on energy bills’

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has attacked the Taxpayers’ Alliance – accusing the campaign group of making “dodgy, back-of-fag-packet claims” about energy bills.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is facing a setback as prices rise

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be faced with the highest inflation for more than a year this week when figures on the cost of living are published.

Anthony Hilton: If this is a sterling crisis then crises aren't that bad

Sterling fell in the first part of the week because traders decided that US interest rates were likely to rise before ours do, thus making the dollar a more attractive currency to hold.

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking set to resume in Lancashire in bid to prove shale gas industry is commercially viable

Fracking activities are set to resume in an area that was hit by two minor earthquakes linked to the controversial technology.

Fibre-optic cables - the way to super-fast broadband

Ofcom proposes changes to superfast broadband to promote competition

New regulations would make it easier and cheaper for consumers to switch between providers

Putting light into flight: cabin crew wanted - but men need not apply at budget airline

Indian airline introduces women-only recruitment policy to cut weight and costs

Putting light into flight: cabin crew wanted - but men need not apply at budget airline

Indian airline introduces women-only recruitment policy to cut weight and costs

Cost of using a mobile phone abroad is slashed

The cost of using a mobile phone abroad will be slashed from today under new EU rules.

Economy boost measures on target as Japan shakes off deflation

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe gained a huge boost for his “shock and awe” medicine today as the world’s third- biggest economy moved out of deflation territory for the first time since October.

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