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Outlook Remember that arcade game in the 1980s – Whac-a-Mole? You get a mallet and clobber the brown, furry creatures that pop out of holes in the machine. Each time you whack one, another jumps up in its place.

After Co-op, the building society bosses with no bank experience

The Co-operative began a root and branch review of its “democratic structure” last night in the wake of the mounting scandal over the drug-taking of the former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

JPMorgan is the biggest bank in the US

JPMorgan agrees $4.5bn payout over mortgage security mis-selling claims

Deal follows preliminary agreement with US government which could see it pay out $13 billion over bad mortgage investments

Nationwide beats off Co-op Bank claims with a surge in its profits

Building society sees leap in business and rejects view it  is not a ‘serious competitor’

Sales of Bobby bears, mugs and notebooks to provide alternative source of income for the Met

Met plans to use profits from online cuddly toy shop to fund police work

Sales of Bobby bears, mugs and notebooks to provide alternative source of income

Robert Hall, an english student at Goldsmiths University, is on a zero-pay contract at Planet Ivy

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Despite the latest upbeat job figures, a fifth of 16-24 year-olds remain out of education or work - and some firms are taking advantage

More than 950,000 young people are unemployed

Nearly a million under-25s still unemployed despite growth

IPPR says unemployment rate among 25 to 64 year-olds fell 0.2 per cent to 5.6 per cent in past year, while rate rose by 0.5 per cent to 21 per cent for younger jobseekers

Staff turnover at financial regulator doubles since split

Staff have been quitting Britain's financial watchdogs at nearly twice the rate since they were split into two bodies this year, data seen by Reuters shows, at a time when experts warn of a regulatory brain drain in Europe's biggest financial hub.

The failure of the Co-operative Bank was one of over-ambition

Our mutual friends have lost the plot ... let's find out why

We need a full inquiry into the goings-on at the Co-op Bank

Developers have been warned by the government that they must not hoard land

Build homes or lose planning permissions, developers warned by government

Developers have been stripped of the ability to “roll forward” planning permissions as part of government efforts to encourage more housebuilding.

Barclays' chief economist joins Bank to shore up forecasting

Barclay's chief economist, Simon Hayes, has been hired by the Bank of England to head up its forecasting team.

'Staycation' boost for UK economy with British residents spending less abroad

Day trippers and “staycationers”are boosting the UK's economy, with British residents spending less abroad, according to Government figures.

Sir Hector Sants forced to quit Barclays temporarily due to stress

Sir Hector Sants, one of the most senior bankers of his generation, today became the latest top executive forced to quit temporarily due to stress.

Douglas Coupland: The novelist on being morally reprehensible, dying for Lucy Liu and hating an ocean view

My home life is completely unrestricted I don't wear a watch, I have no schedule, and I make it my policy not to wake up for anyone. It's great to be able to do that – if you can get away with it.

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