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The US economy continued to grow in the final quarter of the year, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

SuperGroup chief amazed as rivals cut prices in Christmas run-up

The chief executive of SuperGroup, the fashion retailer, has said he is shocked by the raft of retailers already putting on sales before the critical Christmas trading period.

Quarto founder forced to quit after 36 years

One of the longest-serving bosses of a listed company was dramatically ousted yesterday after 36 years in charge.

Inmarsat on crest of a wave

The satellite company Inmarsat posted a 5 per cent rise in underlying third-quarter revenues yesterday, helped by the take-up of its broadband services by shipping customers globally.

Investors aren't out of the woods just yet

Brighter economic news suggests that a cautious return to the markets may be in order. But keep the bubbly on ice, warns Emma Dunkley

Derek Pain: With shares, tiny acorns do not grow at all

No Pain, No Gain

Mark Leftly: New nuclear's horizons are looking brighter after Japanese intervention

Outlook Only a few days ago, the Government's civil nuclear new-build programme seemed in tatters. Horizon, a venture that plans to build plants in Anglesey and Gloucestershire for £15bn, had been dumped by German owners E.on and RWE as unaffordable; EDF's chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, who at Hinkley Point plans to build the country's first nuclear power station since the 1990s, was warring publicly with sceptical MPs.

Insolvencies drop to a four-year low

The number of Britons who were declared insolvent fell to its lowest since the start of the recession in 2008 during the last quarter, in the latest sign of an improving economy in the UK.

Directors at Asos share windfall of £50m

Five directors at Asos, the online fashion retailer, have shared a windfall of nearly £50m after they cashed in shares under long-term incentive plans.

Directors at Asos share windfall of £50m

Five directors at Asos, the online fashion retailer, have shared a windfall of nearly £50m after they cashed in shares under long-term incentive plans.

Simon English: A tough old game for stockbrokers

City stockbrokers are struggling horribly. There's not much trade, and a jobs shake-out, perhaps more brutal than even they expect, is coming soon. Lots of the small firms on the edge of EC2, the ones with names that sound a bit to the stock punter in Ealing Broadway like they might be big (but that are not), have long looked like falling off the ledge.

Olympic athletes help Virgin Media to strike gold

Virgin Media has got a double boost from record TV viewing during the Olympics and the decision to recruit top athletes such as Mo Farah and Usain Bolt (pictured above) in its advertising.

BAE stands by chairman after call to resign

BAE Systems was forced to defend chairman Dick Olver's position yesterday as the pressure mounted on him to resign following the collapse of the defence group's proposed £30bn merger with EADS.

Market Report: ITV braced for bad news on advertising

ITV chairman Archie Norman has described television advertising as a "faulty shower" and it looks like the metaphorical water pressure could well be on the blink again.

Morgan Stanley beats forecasts

The US investment bank Morgan Stanley swung to a $1bn (£620m) loss over the third quarter – but beat market hopes with earnings that rose on the back of strong revenues from its bond-trading business.

Jools to rescue as Mothercare loses £103m

There were signs of a turnaround at struggling Mothercare yesterday, with partial thanks going to TV chef Jamie Oliver's wife Jools for her Little Bird clothing range.

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