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

The Week Ahead: SuperGroup and M&S to update on high street

They may cater to rather different demographics, but investors interested in the state of the high street will be focusing on both SuperGroup and Marks & Spencer when the two companies update the market on Wednesday.

Experian expands Latin American presence

Experian is to expand its Latin American footprint by purchasing a majority stake in a leading Colombian credit information services firm.

Targeted advertising set to 'transform' television

With television viewers fast approaching the day when they will receive tailored adverts selected for them according to their viewing habits, post codes and type of household, Laura Desmond is at the forefront of this advertising revolution.

Auto Trader reaches new digital milestones

Auto Trader's autotrader.co.uk, one of Europe's most popular car-related websites, is setting new digital benchmarks as its explosive growth continues.

Mary Dejevsky: And they still want to get us into debt

When I peruse what is left on shop clothes' rails at sale time I can't help feeling a bit proud of myself and my fellow-countrywomen. Even in slovenly Britain, there are some items that are just too ugly and some colours just too dire to find a buyer at any price. Now that sales happen almost year-round, that twice-yearly fix of reassurance is not quite what it was. But I've just discovered some new seasonal proof of the nation's good sense, and it is to be found in – of all places – the latest Bank of England statistics.

Consumer rights: Hounded by bailiffs for someone else's debts

A previous occupant has emigrated and left a long trail of unpaid parking fines / Getting compensation for a lost parcel / On guard against thieves

Questions Of Cash: 'Banks would not recover my £1,000 transfer'

Q. I accidentally transferred over £1,000 to a wrong account last September by using an incorrect sort code in an internet banking transfer. I realised my error within 24 hours and asked my bank, Barclays, for help. Initially Barclays told me it could not help and I must contact Lloyds, the bank to which I had accidentally transferred the funds. Lloyds refused to speak to me and will not identify the account that received the funds for data protection reasons. Lloyds said it was banking industry policy for these matters to be dealt with bank-to-bank.

House Doctor: 'Bankruptcy beckons, but will I ever own another home?'

Question: I'm days away from being made bankrupt after a messy and painful separation, but want to know if I'll ever be able to get a mortgage again? I know it won't be easy, but can I ever own a house again? PJ, Cardiff.

Experian names Ford Fiesta as UK's best-selling used car

The credit information company Experian has released its annual analysis of UK used car sales.

Coalition hopes to quell anger with £70m boost to schools fund

The Government is to spend £180m to help children from poor families stay in education until the age of 18, ministers will announce next week.

Business Extra: News in Brief

Energy boost

Cella Energy has been named the 2011 winner of the Shell Springboard Awards, which support small businesses with ideas for combating climate change.

Questions of Cash: 'Santander worries damaged my health'

Q. I am disabled and problems with my Santander card are damaging my mental health. I was notified that dormant accounts incur a £10 charge. I've not used my Debenham's store card for some time and decided to close the account. I wrote to Santander by recorded delivery and cut-up the card. I also logged-on to my account online and requested the card be deactivated. Three weeks later, I still haven't had confirmation that the account has been closed, nor have I had a response to my online message. FM, London.

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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