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.

Barclays boss makes pledges to keep a hold on bankers’ pay

The new chairman of Barclays, Sir David Walker, today promised shareholders that he would continue to restrain bankers’ pay and strive to re-establish trust in the bank after it was severely damaged by Libor-rigging and mis-selling scandals.

Petrol prices climbed from 76p a litre to £1.36 between 2003 and 2012

Petrol sales dive amid March freeze

The coldest March for 50 years contributed to petrol sales falling to a new monthly low, it has been revealed.

The new cuts come just days after supermarkets announced 2p-3p a litre cuts on petrol

Supermarkets reveal further fuel price cuts

Motoring is to get a little cheaper following further fuel price reductions announced today by supermarkets.

Inflation holds firm at 2.8% as wage packets trail behind

The cost of living is still rising more than twice as fast as wage packets but there is some light at the end of the tunnel for beleaguered households, experts said today.

Five tons of Nutella was lifted from a lorry in Niederaula

There’s a new crime wave spreading... five tons of Nutella stolen in Germany

German police are searching for thieves who may or may not be overweight and chocolate-mouthed after five tons of Nutella were stolen in the latest global food heist.

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EE to double network speed

China's inflation fall fails to dispel recovery doubts

China's inflation tumbled to 2.1 per cent last month as food price growth slowed, taking pressure off consumers but raising questions about the strength of recovery in the world’s second biggest economy.

Major four supermarkets cut diesel prices

Supermarkets gave motorists a boost today by announcing cuts in diesel prices.

Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

Gas crisis: consumers face shock £200 rise in bills as cold weather and snow lead to low fuel reserves

Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

The Cuadrilla Resources shale fracking facility near Blackpool

Budget 2013: Energy - Cash for fracking: George Osborne's offer to local communities

Local communities whose lives are disrupted by the coming new industry of fracking – the extraction of shale gas – may be compensated with substantial financial grants, Mr Osborne indicated.

Planned rise would have put around 3p a litre on to the already-high price of petrol

Budget 2013: Campaigning pays off as Osborne scraps fuel duty rise

Planned rise would have put around 3p a litre on price of petrol

Petrol prices and energy costs are blamed for contributing to the inflation increase

Spike in CPI puts new pressure on George Osborne ahead of Budget

A toxic mix of spiralling oil prices and a tumbling pound sent inflation to a nine-month high in February, putting the squeeze on motorists, households and businesses.

Simon Read: help us George, consumers say ahead of budget

The cost of household bills has soared by a quarter in the past five years, according to research by uSwitch.

Motorists are hoping that Sainsbury's has sparked a supermarket fuel price war

Petrol price war? Three supermarkets cut prices by 3p or 4p a litre

Hard-pressed motorists received some respite today when three supermarkets announced fuel-price cuts.

The fizz has fallen flat: champagne cut from inflation basket

Champagne, archetypal symbol of the banker’s bonus culture and the pre-recession consumer boom, has been removed from the basket of goods which statisticians use to calculate inflation.

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