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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

Defence giant BAE Systems, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon, above, was the focus of the investigation

Serious Farce Office: SFO suffers biggest-ever criminal data breach

Documents, tapes and data files from BAE Systems investigation go astray as agency blames ‘human error’

Debt collection companies can be persistent

Britain in debt: Half of UK adults 'living on financial edge'

A nation of Britons 'living for now' are infact living on the edge when it comes to finances

Chief Executive of Ryanair Michael O'Leary

Once again, changing what passengers do: I'll price luggage out of the hold, says Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary

He wants to halve number of passengers checking in bags and says making passengers pay for cabin baggage is also a possibility

Today’s school leavers are becoming 'savvier' in shopping around for alternative career routes

Traditional three-year university is not only path to top, CBI tells teenagers

Teenagers should be told to drop the idea that a traditional three-year university degree course is the only route to a top job, Britain’s businesses warn today.

Bank of England outsider Sir Jon Cunliffe appointed Deputy Governor

A career civil servant has been appointed deputy governor of the Bank of England in charge of financial stability. Sir Jon Cunliffe, currently the UK's permanent representative to the European Union, will replace Paul Tucker from November.

RBS 'casino bank' fined £5.6m over misreporting

Double blow for bank after front-runner for Stephen Hester's job rules himself out
A sharp hike in the price of aluminium can destabilise the world's economy

Goldman Sachs in spotlight over 'aluminium price-hike' scandal

Financial giant is accused of exploiting rules over metal warehousing in order to manipulate commodity prices

Heathrow bosses detail three options for third airport runway

Simon Calder summarises the south-east airport expansion options - and gives his odds on their chances

Insurance broking giant fined £7m for mis-selling 'extras'

Britain’s biggest high street insurer Swinton was slapped with a £7.38m fine after it was caught mis-selling “add-on” insurance to more than 650,000 people.

Outgoing chiefs of City watchdog get £803,000 for handover

Britain's City watchdog paid three top directors £803,000 to leave the organisation, according to its final annual report published yesterday.

Questions have to be asked over why the pretence of the Co-op-Lloyds deal was kept going for so long

Julian Knight: Why the silence on this shambles at ailing Co-op?

The watchdog had misgivings over the deal to buy Lloyds branches but the pretence went on

JPMorgan star rainmaker admits he 'could have made up' oil discovery

The star rainmaker fighting a £450,000 Financial Services Authority fine for allegedly leaking inside information could have "made up" information in an email at the centre of the case.

'King of Miners,' Ian Hannam, faces accusers on insider leak allegations

Ian Hannam, the former soldier who became one of the City's best-known advisers on big corporate takeovers, yesterday opened the first day of his appeal against the fine and censure he received alleging he used insider information to help a client.

Banks told to pay up for not cancelling payments to lenders

As many as 30,000 people could be in line for compensation payments if their banks failed to cancel continuous payment authorities used by payday lenders and gyms.

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Bread from heaven

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

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