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Buyout hopes collapse for van maker

A planned management buyout for the Birmingham-based vanmaker LDV has fallen through.

Mandelson: Our banks will resume lending

Some companies are now scared to approach lenders, warns Bank of England

Official: one in three job applicants tells lies on their CV (is that all?)

One in three adults lies on their CV when applying for a job, according to research published today. The figure emerges from a survey of about 1,300 adults carried out by the the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), which represents exam markers and assessors. The most common exaggeration is thought to be lying about degree classifications, for example turning a 2:1 into a first.

Newcastle to renew Owen contract talks

Newcastle are ready to resume talks with Michael Owen over a possible new contract.

Barratts shoe shops go into administration

The shoe seller Barratt became the latest high-street brand to enter administration due to slumping sales yesterday. The accountancy firm Deloitte was hired to handle the administration of five operating businesses while Stylo, the listed company that owns them, had its shares suspended, but Stylo was not put into administration, and Barratt's stores remain open and continue to trade, while the business is restructured. Should Barratt's creditors and landlords sign up to revised terms, the operating companies will be brought out of administration and resume trading as a going concern. Creditors and landlords are due to vote on the proposals on 12 February. They include an indexing of the rent landlords are paid, giving them the equivalent of 3 per cent of a given store's turnover for the first three months of the arrangement, followed by 7 per cent for the next 21 months. The proposals also include a deferral of payments to trade creditors.

Sue Townsend: We can be film stars, just for one day

I grew up in a prefab with an asbestos roof and breeze-block walls. On winter mornings I would wake up, crawl from beneath my army greatcoat blankets and marvel at the frost patterns on the inside of my bedroom windows. It was so cold that, apart from the living-room where there was a coal fire, in every other room in the tiny house, our breath was visible. The cold was an icy curse that fell on us from November until April. Is it any wonder that I immediately felt at home when I read my first Russian novel?

RFU shake-up fails to impress

Less than five months into the cosy new world of English rugby politics, where the governing body and the clubs slap each other heartily on the back while singing from the same hymn sheet, a radical plan to establish a football-style "championship" format aimed at transforming the ho-hum Second Division into something far more meaningful is causing no end of trouble.

Lloyds TSB prepares to resume dividend in 2009

Lloyds TSB claimed victory yesterday in its tussle with the Government over whether it could pay dividends to ordinary shareholders while receiving backing from the state.

£17bn needed to fund Lloyds TSB and HBOS merger and boost balances

Lloyds TSB and HBOS will need to raise £17bn to fund the planned merger and boost their balance sheets, but Lloyds today pledged to repay £4bn of taxpayer cash by the end of 2009.

Gibson's Hollywood comeback on hold after De Niro quits film

Mel Gibson's tentative return to the Hollywood fold hit choppy waters yesterday when it emerged that Robert De Niro had walked-off the set of his comeback film, Edge of Darkness.

David Gill favourite to succeed Barwick

David Gill has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Brian Barwick as the FA chief executive.

Royal Mail to resume deliveries in 'health and safety risk' village

A remote village is to have its postal service restored after the local council agreed to carry out road improvements so post workers could avoid back injuries.

Japanese politician likens opposition party to Nazis

The outspoken politician tipped to become Japan's new leader when Yasuo Fukuda steps down as Prime Minister has infuriated his opponents by likening them to the Nazi Party.

Tullett and GFI resume merger talks

Tullett Prebon last night admitted it was in merger talks with rival GFI Group to create one of the two largest interdealer brokers in the world.

CV tips: How to look good on paper

James Innes, managing director of The CV Centre, gives his advice on writing an application that will get you noticed.

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