Ofgem launches investigation into E.ON sales

Ofgem has opened an investigation into energy supplier E.ON to establish whether it is complying with selling obligations, the regulator has announced.

EDF pledges winter rebate to pensioners

EDF Energy will hand out average £40 rebates to struggling pensioners this winter. The move – which will help 150,000 older people – follows The Independent Fair Energy campaign and will cost the French-owned firm £6m.

HSBC profits rise 15% to £13.8 billion

HSBC’s global profits have risen to £13.8 billion, a 15 per cent annual rise and one of the healthiest profits ever reported by a British company.

EMMA HARRISON: The A4e boss was awarded contracts worth millions, despite the allegations

Emma Harrison hired despite A4e fraud warning

Job tsar's appointment raises fresh questions over David Cameron's choice of key advisers

Letters: Business and the community

Sir Victor Blank ("Business must start a giving revolution", 24 February) raises a timely issue but does not go far enough.

Protesters try to stop Malaysian rare-earth plant

Up to 3,000 Malaysians staged a protest against a rare-earth refinery yesterday over fears of radioactive contamination.

Matthew Norman on Monday: The hypocrisy of Ken's tax affairs is not hard to avoid

The unending quest for populist, eye-catching initiatives with which Ed Miliband might be personally associated steers us into the realm of tax avoidance. Sadly this proposal would do nothing to rebuild fraternal bridges, but Little Ed is advised to announce that, as PM, he would fulfil an old Labour pledge to close a gaping loophole.

George Osborne leaves 11 Downing Street in London

New Tory right in call for deeper cuts to public spending

Measure would allow greater flexibility over tax thresholds and steal Lib Dems' thunder

Simon English: Uber-bear Edwards gets it right on corporation tax

Outlook Albert Edwards at SocGen is an engaging character. Sometimes described as an uber-bear, he pokes fun at any outbreak of hope. Concessions to optimism are for fools. Hell in a handcart is the future. If you're lucky.

James Moore: Recruiters look good long-term, but now it's best to bide your time

Investment View: Longterm, I would be a buyer of the sector. Firms have internationalised their businesses and so have good prospects

Quarto chief to step down

The founder of Quarto Books, known for its illustrated "how-to" non-fiction guides, yesterday signalled he is ready for a new chapter as he is quitting as chief executive after 36 years.

Letters: High energy prices could be good

If we accept that global warming is happening and that this may be countered by reducing the use of fossil fuels, why are rising fuel prices not welcomed? In alcohol usage, it seems accepted that undesirable behaviour can be discouraged by increasing prices.

Investors offered 50 per cent tax relief on money placed in start-up companies

From 6 April, it will be possible to invest in Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes, which are designed to get people to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs. Investors who put money into a start-up with SEIS status will get up to 50 per cent tax relief.

Last Night's Viewing: The Crusades, BBC2<br />Jonathan Meades on France, BBC4

When James of Vitry, new Bishop of Acre, arrived at his see in 1216, he apparently wasn't terribly impressed. The earlier Christian Crusades had left behind a string of Crusader statelets down the Mediterranean coast and Acre, close to Jerusalem, had become the most important port in the region, a gateway for pilgrims and a centre for trade. Piety it didn't do nearly as well. In fact, Bishop James thought it was all a bit Gomorrah-on-Sea, distressing proof that the ideals of the earlier Christian adventurers had been corrupted by economic power and pragmatic exchange. In the last of his interesting series The Crusades, Thomas Asbridge showed us a rather literal token of this accommodation between theological purpose and day-to-day profit – gold coins minted by the Crusader knights in imitation of Egyptian Islamic originals. When it came to cash they were open to multi-faith dialogue, however intransigent they might be when on their knees praying.

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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

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