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'A puzzling argument on the value of economics'

Bleak autumn in prospect for services industry

Pessmism is growing at an alarming rate in the UK's dominant services sector as companies brace themselves for a tough autumn, the CBI warned today.

Average price of a new home now £235,000

The average price of a new home is now nearly £15,000 more than this time last year

Golden August and boosts spirits and economy in 'Olympic bounce'

Evidence of an "Olympic bounce" in consumer confidence, as Team GB's record gold medal haul lifted national spirits, is expected this week despite the general weakness of the economy.

Optimism falters over China's ability to boost UK economy

The Beijing slowdown and tighter state controls hit British companies' hopes of expansion

Paralympic profile: Dan Pepper, swimming

Dan Pepper, 23, from Stockport is a gold medal hope  for 200m freestyle and 100m breast stroke.  He was crowned World Champion in both events in 2010 and European champion in the 100 breaststroke last year, but was beaten by his Dutch rival into second place in the freestyle. Both races will be close, with only 0.6 seconds separating the four favourites in the breast stroke – Pepper’s favoured event.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 25 August 2012

Aga profits cool as sales fall

The Transport Secretary Justine Greening opposes a third runway

Justine Greening 'in the way' of U-turn on Heathrow

Transport Secretary's opposition to runway makes her position in Cabinet 'untenable'

Treasure islands? Greek PM ponders plan to lease untouched terrain

For those on the lookout for the perfect holiday home, Greece's sovereign-debt crisis might provide the answer: a chunk of Aegean rock to call your own.

Derek Pain: Holt's been both a winner and a loser

No Pain, No Gain
The Governor of the Bank of England has decided an interest rate cut would be 'counterproductive'

Revised GDP figures show double-dip recession not as bad as feared

Britain's double-dip recession is not as deep as previously feared after revised figures showed a smaller contraction in the second quarter of the year.

German slump piles the pressure on ECB to act

An alarming August slump for the eurozone giant Germany yesterday heaped more pressure on the European Central Bank to use its financial firepower to tackle the region's lingering debt crisis.

The IMF's Christine Lagarde has been in Cairo this week, discussing the possibility of a loan package worth up to $4.8 billion

Egypt's leaders under strain as fuel shortage adds to economic misery

Egypt's leaders were under increasing strain last night as a fuel shortage heaped pressure on the battered economy and officials met with world finance chiefs to discuss a multi-billion dollar development loan.

Girls beat boys again in GCSE battle

Boys may have claimed more of the very top grades at A-level last week, but today's results show that girls are still in the lead when it comes to GCSEs.

Co-op profits fall by a third

Profits at the Co-operative Group fell by a third today after its food stores suffered amid "fierce" competition from supermarkets and its banking arm was hit by the recession.

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

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