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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.

Tom Hodgkinson: In the face of no-phone situation my rage turned into a Buddhist detachment

hen our phone went down in early February, we emailed our provider, the Phone Co-op, to ask them to fix it pronto. We live in a remote corner of Exmoor with no mobile reception, work from home and use the phone quite a lot. Now, the Phone Co-op is a lovely, friendly, ethical family company. There is some sort of co-operative element to it which I don't fully understand but which gives it an aura of non-exploitation. And you can communicate with them directly. Which is all great. But of course they don't fix the phones. That is down to another company: BT Openreach.

Festive summer gives Eurotunnel record year

Last summer's London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations drove the Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel to a record year in 2012.

Mike Lynch urges investors to quiz HP on Autonomy fiasco

Software chief calls for detail on fraud claims and blames losses on errors after takeover

Decline in permanent jobs hits SThree

After a week that saw thousands of jobs lost on the high street, figures from the IT recruiter SThree suggest that sentiment is not much better in offices.

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, when the Dow Jones reached an all-time high

Making sense of the market's new normal

In some ways, thanks to the credit crunch, this market is unlike any other. But long-term indicators can still be illuminating

Leading UK companies cut rewards of chief executives

The bosses of three of Britain's biggest companies, BP, GlaxoSmithKline and the owner of British Airways, all saw their pay packages stymied last year as they suffered the impact of corporate headaches.

Footsie chairmen turn a blind eye to the critics and carry on raking it in

They are supposed to be the experienced older hands, the seen-it-all-before crew who are sensitive to public mood and who rein in the chief executive when he's getting too exuberant.

O2 boss credits wi-fi and loyalty scheme for customer surge

Britain's second-biggest mobile network, O2, claimed to have regained the initiative in the battle of the phone giants as it won more customers than rivals EE and Vodafone in the last three months of 2012.

Markets set for sterling sell-off after AAA setback for Britain

Analysts expect pound to weaken against dollar and euro in response to Moody's decision

James Moore: The going is good so who will rock boat on pay?

Outlook AGM season is upon us, and that means another bust-up over pay at easyJet.

Travis Perkins rally is held back by a slide at Wickes

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has hailed a recovery in the UK’s stagnant housing market but the recent snow has hit trading at its Wickes DIY chain.

Signs of rebound as confidence jumps

Germany looks to be on track to shake off its decline at the end of last year, as analyst and investor confidence in Europe's economic engine room jumped to its highest level for nearly three years in February.

Pound takes another hit on German resurgence

Sterling is battered once again amid warnings of a large-scale devaluation
Britons are enjoying a thriving sex-life well into their sixties, a survey has shown

Over-65s enjoy good sex life and some want more

Britons are enjoying a thriving sex-life well into their sixties, a survey has shown.

Boom at Fidessa prompts hope of equity revival

Hopes that this year could be a major turning point for share markets were boosted today after  the boss of the biggest supplier of trading software to the City said the past few weeks had seen record trading in equities.

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Say it with... lyrics

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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month