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Now Tesco creates 20,000 jobs – with pay

Tesco will shrug off criticism of its role in the Government's "workfare" scheme today by creating 20,000 jobs as it attempts to revive sluggish sales and tighten its grip on Britain's shopping basket.

Margareta Pagano: Banks reluctant to lend but new firms are getting out of this jam

Midweek View: If there's a right time to be lending to SMEs, it's now. Ironically, recessions are always a fertile time for enterprises to get going

Government to continue annual MOT test

Annual MOT tests will continue, the Government said today as it abandoned the idea of making the vehicle check-ups less frequent.

BSkyB announces internet TV service

Broadcaster BSkyB started the fightback against competition Netflix and YouView today as it announced a new internet TV service.

Royal Mail secures long-term future of Post Office

The Government has secured the future of the Post Office under a 10-year deal giving certainty to postmasters, ministers announced today.

Starbucks customers react angrily to loyalty scheme changes

Starbucks has come under fire from its customers after changing the terms of its loyalty scheme.

EDF announce plans to cut gas bills by 5%

One of the UK's major energy suppliers offered a glimmer of hope for cash-strapped households today by announcing a cut in tariffs.

Ikea alert over faulty high chairs

Parents who bought a certain batch of high chairs from Ikea are being urged to get in touch after several children were injured due to a faulty belt.

Clinton Cards boss to refurbish stores and supply lines

Darcy Willson-Rymer, the chief executive of embattled high street favourite Clinton Cards, is looking at revamping shop layouts and streamlining supply lines as part of his strategic review.

Co-op named as preferred Lloyds branch buyer

Lloyds Banking Group today named the Co-operative as its preferred choice to buy the 632 branches it is selling under European competition rules.

Energy firm complaints soar by 26%

Complaints about the "big six" energy firms soared by 26% over the summer as hostility against the sector continued to mount, a watchdog said today.

Business Diary: Savers to target Bank Scrooge

In the mood for carols? If so, try the Bank of England tomorrow lunchtime, where Save Our Savers, which campaigns for higher interest rates, plans a sing-song to highlight its cause. Mind you, we can't promise traditional carols – the list we've been sent includes this take on Rudolph: "Mervyn, the red-nosed banker, Had a very nasty cold, Said he could cut inflation, Wish that we had all bought gold. All of the nation's savers, Used to cry and call him names, They never let poor Mervyn, Join in any saver's games."

Severn promises winter staff boost

Water firm Severn Trent has vowed to have more staff on hand this winter following a surge in complaints last year after the Arctic snap burst pipes.

Stephen Foley: Facebook loses a friend in Merck

US Outlook: Merck KGaA, a German pharmaceuticals company, is spitting chips because Merck & Co, its bigger US namesake and rival, has somehow managed to take over the facebook.com/merck page that it signed up for last year.

TalkTalk fined £3m for wrong billing

Ofcom has handed telecomms company TalkTalk a £3 million fine for billing customers for services they had not received.

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Time to play God

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MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

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Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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