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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.

Lonmin recovers after troubled year

The platinum miner Lonmin more than doubled first-half profits compared to a troubled 2012 and lifted its production guidance for the year yesterday but warned of the "significant challenge" of wage talks ahead.

Superdry in a German drive as it shrugs off the freeze

The group behind the Superdry clothing brand has shrugged off the wintry weather to post buoyant sales, as it revealed plans to roll out more stores in Europe’s biggest economy, Germany.

Buoyant services firms dent need for money-printing

Another dose of money-printing from the Bank of England looked off the agenda today after Britain’s powerhouse services firms produced their strongest growth since April  last year.

Deal delays cost Imagination dear

Imagination Technologies saw its shares crash by a quarter yesterday after a shock profit warning from the chip designer, which makes the graphic-processing technology for Apple's iPhone and iPad.

BAE and Aviva are under fire over top pay

The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum has the aerospace giant BAE and insurance group Aviva in its sights as it battles for "reasonable" pay at top businesses.

Simon English: Why RSA's chief could have a rebellious time

Outlook Just how much trouble is Simon Lee of RSA in? Perhaps the answer is this: more than he seems to realise. The boss of the insurer with the fake Morgan Freeman adverts has been under the cosh ever since he shocked the market, and his own shareholders, by slashing the dividend by a third.

BP starts to motor again as profits overtake the forecasts

BP chief executive Bob Dudley today offered some evidence that his turnaround of the beleaguered oil giant is heading the right way.

Senior director at Asos to leave

One of the architects of Asos's growth over the past decade is to step down from the online retailer. Its international director, Jon Kamaluddin, is to leave the board in October and exit the clothing specialist by December.

Hamish McRae: Why shares thrive while the economy flounders

Economic View: Apply the buy/sell rule to equities over the past 40 years and you would have spent 2000 to 2008 outside the market

Sir Des Champs spurs fresh belief

He looked all out at the line, but still the suspicion persists that we have yet to see the very best of Sir Des Champs. Certainly, Willie Mullins viewed a thrilling success here not so much as consolation for his defeat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, but rather as a new spur to the belief he could still turn things round with his conqueror, Bobs Worth, in the same race next year. While at pains not to be too specific, Ireland's champion trainer evidently feels things conspired against Sir Des Champs at Cheltenham – and that different going, and tactics perhaps, could also yield a different result.

Profits jump at Richemont beats expectations

Richemont, the owner of the website Net-a-Porter and jewellery brands Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, has allayed fears of a slowdown in the luxury goods sector with full-year net profits up 30 per cent, well above expectations.

Crawl at Caterpillar

Caterpillar cut its 2013 profits forecast yesterday as it posted disappointing results amid a drop in demand for heavy equipment from its mining customers. But Doug Oberhelman, its chairman and chief executive, said the mining sector has hit bottom and production was now expected to ramp up.

Profit alert at Spirent

The telecoms testing kit supplier Spirent warned that profits for the first three months of the year would be lower than expected yesterday as major customers in all parts of the world delayed spending.

Dividends fall but are set for rebound

Payouts to shareholders plunged by a quarter in the first three months of the year. But the dividends slump is down to a distortion caused by massive special payouts awarded last year.

Michael Page warns of 'challenging' future after nosedive

Michael Page saw its share price drop 5 per cent after the white collar recruiter admitted it had seen a double-digit plunge in profits at its French and German offices in the first three months of 2013.

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?