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Bank's funding scheme boosts mortgage market at last

The Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme is finally breathing life into a largely moribund mortgage market after a 14 per cent jump in home loans in October, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said yesterday.

What the Sunday Papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Critics of Big Four audit firms see evidence of 'closed shop'

Norton Rose merger to make it No 3

The chief executive of the London-based legal group Norton Rose has predicted the emergence of "15 or 20 truly global law firms" after announcing a merger with the US group Fulbright & Jaworski. Peter Martyr said that the combination will create the world's third biggest law firm.

Merger seeks scale to take on 'big four'

The accountancy firm BDO, the sixth-biggest in Britain, is to merge with the UK arm of rival PKF, the ninth-biggest, to create a business with 3,500 staff and £400m in revenues that will aim to challenge the "big four" auditors.

Editorial: Multinationals must pay their share of UK taxes

Tax arrangements that, while legal, allowed comedian Jimmy Carr to slash his contributions to the Exchequer were judged by the Prime Minister to be "morally wrong". The contortions of multinational companies – the service subsidiaries, the intra-group debt financing, the "double Irish" – are no less so.

Go Compare's founder makes sell-off overtures

Calm down dear! It's only Hayley Parsons' chance to buy-out Esure's 49 per cent stake

Superstorm Sandy may cost States up to $50bn as stock exchange stays shut

First time bad weather has shut NY market for two consecutive days since 1888

Borrowing still a 'problem' for George Osborne

The underlying health of the public finances will remain problematic for the Chancellor despite an expected improvement in Government borrowing, experts warned today.

Economics will decide the referendum - so is an independent Scotland a richer Scotland?

Potential oil revenue and lost subsidy from English taxpayers will likely cancel each other out. Let's concentrate on the uncertain aspects of Scotland's economic future

Match made in heaven carry off economics award

Two "matchmakers" whose work has found practical applications in pairing pupils with schools and organs with transplant patients, yesterday won the Nobel Prize for economics.

Congratulations! You've just won the Nobel Prize

Two "match-makers" whose work has found practical applications in pairing pupils with schools and organs with transplant patients, yesterday won the Nobel Prize for economics.

Slowdown in services sector growth highlighted in new figures

The fragility of the UK recovery was highlighted today after new figures showed a slowdown in growth in the powerhouse services sector.

Chuka Umunna at the fringe event

'I don't deny I'm ambitious,' says the rising star of Labour Chuka Umunna

Labour is drawing inspiration from Germany to create a new industrial strategy for Britain to provide a future model for the economy, the shadow Business Secretary said last night.

What the Sunday Papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Big four auditors face monopoly interrogation

Service-sector growth signals end to woe

The crucial UK services sector, which makes up 75 per cent of the economy, grew rapidly in July, according to the Office for National Statistics. Output rose 1.1 per cent in the month compared with a 1.5 per cent decline in June.

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