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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.

Public’s worries over rocketing prices may put a block on QE

Britons' worsening fears over inflation could prevent the Bank of England from pumping billions more into the UK’s anaemic recovery, experts said today.

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Fuel consumption plummets as slump drives motorists off roads

Consumption of diesel and petrol in Britain has plunged by a fifth since the start of the credit crunch, according to a new analysis.

Five Questions About: Energy prices

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Weakened pound drives up petrol prices

The plunging pound and stock-market speculators mean that filling up the tank of a typical car now costs almost a fiver more than just six weeks ago, according to the AA.

UK unemployment falls again as jobs market defies the slump

The labour market continued to defy gravity in the final three months of 2012, with employment rising and the jobless rate falling despite a decline in output over the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A viewers’ survival guide during the BBC strike

No Today? No worries. A viewers' survival guide

Yesterday, fans of Bill Turnbull et al were alarmed upon turning on their televisions to discover Bargain Hunt, while Today was switched for The Kitchen Cabinet. Of course, it was due to an NUJ strike.

University funding changes set to cost more than they save

Changes to the way universities are funded will result in economic costs six times higher than any Government savings, new figures suggest.

Bank of England set to lower growth forecasts

The Bank of England is expected to downgrade its growth forecasts today and warn of more financial pain for households after figures confirmed inflation remained above target last month.

Satyajit Das: Europe's stealth integration will exact a heavy toll on Germany

Midweek View: The increase in commitments or debt levels will absorb German savings, crippling the economy

Inflation remains at 2.7% despite inflation remaining well above Bank of England's target

The Bank of England is set to keep interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future despite inflation remaining well above the central bank’s 2 per cent target last month.

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

Motorists facing years of high fuel bills as Office of Fair Trading rejects referring petrol market to Competition Commission

Watchdog launched a study last September to investigate accusations of predatory pricing by supermarkets

Ryanair soars as fares rise to beat fuel costs

Hiking air fares around Christmas helped Ryanair to shrug off rising fuel costs in the last three months of 2012 and saw the budget carrier today raise its profit expectations for the year.

Drivers have been queueing for hundreds of yards to fill up at petrol pumps, following the Government's exhortation that drivers keep tanks topped up ahead of possible industrial action

As petrol price rises hit forecourts, is 'market speculation' to blame?

Petrol price rises of up to 4p per litre are set to be posted in Britain’s 8,000 service stations from next week, provoking fierce criticism from motoring organisations.

Flybe axes 300 jobs to slash costs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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