IT will rescue Britain, insists Microsoft boss

Ballmer predicts thousands of new computing jobs but calls for investment in skills

Hamish McRae: Sometimes governments get it right

The question now is how to choreograph the recovery and get the balance right

Britain stalls on new deal to rescue Africa

Chancellor claims fund-raising charge on all global banking transactions is not workable

Ireland pays £48bn to rescue five banks from toxic debts

Five High street banks in Ireland are to be paid £48bn by a state agency to cover their toxic debts in the biggest financial rescue in the country's history. Bonds issued by the National Assets Management Agency (Nama) will provide the struggling banks with £7bn more than the current £41bn value of their toxic debts.

Postal workers vote on national strike

Small businesses count cost as huge backlog of mail builds up in sorting offices

Product placement to the rescue of broadcasters

Easing of advertising rules could be worth £100m a year to ailing television industry

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A deal fit for a future King? Waitrose pays princely sum for Duchy rights

Supermarket signs exclusive deal to make, license and sell Prince's luxury food range

Suicidal man faces £24,000 bill for rail firm's lost profits

Docklands Light Railway seeks compensation for loss of revenue while police rescued man from bridge

Focus DIY chain unveils rescue plan

Britain's biggest commercial landlords will back a deal to save DIY chain Focus at a creditors' meeting today.

Argentine FA hoping new TV deal will save ailing clubs

The Argentine Football Association on Tuesday broke a contract granting television rights to a local company, hoping to land a new, more lucrative deal to broadcast the country's matches. The decision to dump rights-holding company TSC came as Argentine officials try to rescue debt-ridden clubs whose financial woes have delayed the start of the season.

Observations: Horse Meat Disco reveals its manifesto

Escapist disco and recession have gone together since the sound was forged in grim, late-1970s New York, so the UK's premier Studio 54 revivalists have shown expert timing by waiting to release their first mix CD. Rather than encouraging afro wigs and flares, Horse Meat Disco has revived various strands of underground dance since 2003. The club night has gained influence and popularity more recently since it found its home in Vauxhall, south London's gay village, and thrived as a mixed-sex haven. Along the way, HMD has helped rescue disco from hen-night ignominy. Now it is part of a fully-fledged movement that ranges from the sophisticated productions of Hercules & Love Affair to the more chilled Scandinavian exponents of cosmic disco.

Adrian Hamilton: The bitter politics of debt reduction

In hard times there is virtue in the politician who proposes harsh measures

Retailers unveil strategy to rescue blighted high streets

The British Retail Consortium has urged the Government to help "rescue" the high street from an accelerated demise as the number of boarded-up shops soars during the downturn.

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