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

Current account fraud at new high

Current account fraud has reached its highest level in at least three years, mainly due to people lying about the state of their finances, a study suggested today.

Slough takes over as fraud hotspot

Slough is officially Britain's identity fraud capital, overtaking London for the first time. The Berkshire commuter town's residents are targeted about four times more than the national average, according to the credit checking group Experian.

Experian makes a loss in offloading PriceGrabber to Indians

Credit-checking group Experian yesterday finally unloaded its price-comparison website PriceGrabber and two related businesses for considerably less than it paid in 2005.

Insolvencies drop to lowest level for a year

The credit ratings company Experian will today issue a rare piece of upbeat economic news, with its latest survey of UK business's financial strength showing a fall in insolvencies.

Record spree at the sales may not save major chains, warn retail experts

Tills rang out as Britain's high streets continued to enjoy bumper sales after a record-breaking Boxing Day rush – but experts said the spree may not be enough to revive struggling stores.

Retail fears persist despite boom

The beleaguered retail sector was today set to continue enjoying a post-Christmas shopping boom but experts warned it may not be enough to ensure some weaker players survive.

Public-sector strike raises retail footfall

The public sector strike on Wednesday delivered a much-needed fillip to the high street after footfall surged by nearly 40 per cent.

An independent girls’ school:
when parents can’t pay the fees grandparents or the schools themselves can offer help

Even the wealthy can be hit by a debt disaster

What happens when the school fees and BMW repayments can't be met? Neasa MacErlean on the middle-class poor

London named fraud capital of UK

London is the fraud capital of the UK, being home to around three-quarters of the UK's "identity fraud hotspots", a study has found.

Painter appointed head of Emap

The publishing group Emap has poached BSkyB's Duncan Painter to take over as chief executive, replacing David Gilbertson who surprised the market when he quit in May.

More high-income families rely on overdrafts

There has been a marked increase in the level of borrowing among high-rate taxpayers over the past three years, with many citing the rising cost of living as the main cause.

Footfall slips in July as shops suffer

Footfall data for July provided further evidence of the pressure the consumer downturn is placing on retailers.

Fraudsters target current account applications

Fraudulent current account applications have risen by 58 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, according to credit reference agency Experian.

Consumer rights: 'My night at the opera was spoilt by agency's con'

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Terry Venables column

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