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Ben Chu: Why no plan B, Mr Osborne?

Robert Peston has an excellent post on the BBC outlining the risk of a second credit crunch as the Bank of England support for UK banks is unwound.

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Business costs have fallen by 0.5% as firms benefit from lower borrowing charges, according to a new report today.

Londoners top 'new business' table

Londoners start more new businesses than people from anywhere else in the country, new statistics reveal.

FSA urged to explain delays in financial start-ups authorisation

A leading solicitor today called on the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to explain why it was now taking almost twice as long to authorise businesses to begin offering financial services and products as a year ago.

Construction activity gathers pace

Britain's construction sector continued to expand in May, with the pace of growth accelerating to its fastest since before the credit crunch struck in 2008.

David Prosser: Pru's shareholders hold it to account

Outlook It is too early to say whether Tidjane Thiam can carry on as chief executive of Prudential in the wake of his misjudgement of the willingness of investors to back the insurer's purchase of AIA. But what has happened at Pru is that this has been a triumph for those who want shareholders to assert themselves more aggressively.

Courts hit by a deluge of civil credit crunch cases

The financial crisis has prompted a continuing surge in the number of high-value commercial disputes reaching the High Court, figures published today by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain reveal.

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Another Divine lesson in the art of elegant outsiderdom

House market up since Hips dumped

The number of homes being put on the market has risen by a third since the Government announced plans to scrap home information packs, an estate agency said today.

Business Diary: Credit crunch chroniclers stranded by ash

The volcanic ash cloud has done the world's banks one small favour. Writers Michael Lewis and Vicky Ward both have books out chronicling different aspects of the credit crisis and both had planned trips to Europe this week to promote their tomes, two of the most accessible portraits of the crunch. Sadly, neither has been able to get here due to the travel chaos – so maybe a few less readers will now hear about the banks' behaviour.

Stephen Foley: Crisis inquiry will not find smoking gun

US Outlook: The chairman of the US commission of inquiry into the financial crisis complains that $8m is far too little money for an investigation of this size and scope. He's right – but thank goodness he wasn't given any more. On the evidence of the past few days, it is clear that $8m is going down the drain.

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