Up to 40 per cent have not made key checks on their credit rating or electoral roll entry

Dollar gives Europe a kick up the backside


GUS pressed to spin off credit rating arm

LORD Wolfson of Sunningdale, the chairman of GUS, is to come under increased pressure to spin off the mail-order group's credit-rating business, Experian, in the next few months, writes Jason Nisse.

Late payment law fails

GOVERNMENT initiatives to combat late payers will be exposed as failures this week with the publication of research showing that UK companies are taking longer than ever to settle their bills.

Money: They know where you live

You may be 'carefree', 'burdened' or 'impoverished'. As a target for mail-outs from financial firms, your postcode defines you. Faith Glasgow reports

Home to the cheapest houses in UK

THE DERBY suburb of Crewton does not exude cheap tat, so the place was understandably surprised to learn yesterday that its houses will fetch less money than any in the land.

Personal Finance: Are you a bad risk?

Credit refused. But you can get your name off the blacklist.

The Investment column: GUS may be back in fashion

THE VALUATION of Great Universal Stores, the retail group that bought Argos last year, is a slippery matter. The shares hit a high of 911p last year, but later dropped to 549p. They have been particularly weak in recent weeks as GUS fell victim to the market's usual fears over the weakness of UK retailing.

Stock Market Week: Little cause for joy on AIM's fourth birthday

THE ALTERNATIVE Investment Market is four years old this week, but there will be little dancing in the Square Mile's streets to celebrate the occasion. The guests assembled around the birthday cake will make an effort to look happy but their half-smiles will barely conceal their dissatisfaction with AIM.


Do you own your home?

Manchester city in red

ONE IN seven adult Mancunians has had a County Court Judgment (CCJ) registered against them in the past six years and could thus be barred from obtaining credit, says a report issued today.


THE LATEST government figures show unemployment has risen for the second consecutive month, although employment levels continue to increase.

Bills paid later as economy slows

COMPANIES are taking longer to pay bills as the economy slows down, with large companies the worst offenders, according to a survey of 212,000 businesses published today.

Taiwan with tea-shops

The figures are indisputable. Worthing topped a survey this week as Britain's most booming town. But shouldn't someone tell the residents?

Investment: Burberry's Asian disaster dents the new 'GUS' image

THE CITY has clearly warmed to the "new GUS" being developed under the chairmanship of Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale, hence the 50 per cent rise in the share price since last summer. But the market was not prepared yesterday for the scale of the disaster at Burberry, the group's luxury goods brand which has fallen out of bed with a resounding bump.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London