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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.

Cantor buys Seymour units from administrator

The US brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald has agreed to buy parts of Seymour Pierce, the 168-year-old City stockbroker that fell into administration yesterday. The deal – for an unspecified amount – includes Seymour Pierce's corporate finance business, according to a statement from the London Stock Exchange.

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Shares pay dividends, don't they?

Shareholders enjoy record dividend year

Payouts to shareholders broke records last year, with dividends soaring to £80.4bn.

Bob Diamond should have received no pay in 2011 , says one critic

The fat cats who scratch each other's backs

James Moore examines flaws in the executive remuneration system and suggests some remedies

Derek Pain: Looking good for portfolio as updates flow in

No Pain, No Gain

AstraZeneca's woes continue

AstraZeneca has admitted it faces another difficult year of falling sales in 2013 after patent expiries last year meant revenues slumped 17 per cent to £27.9bn.

'Total victory' for Iceland over UK in saga of Icesave depositors

European court rules that Nordic nation does not have to compensate Britain for bailout

Business week in review

In profit...

Editorial: We must not talk ourselves into a 'triple dip'

Yesterday's keenly awaited GDP figures allowed the doom-mongers to forecast that the UK was headed for a "triple-dip" recession, if we were not in one already. The Chancellor, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, professed himself disappointed with the news, even as he vowed to press on with Plan A.

Netball: England withstand fightback to claim rare win over Australia

England beat Australia for only the third time in their history to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Blue-chip dividends tipped to soar

Investors in some of the UK's biggest companies are in line for a bumper 2013 according to a leading City trading firm.

Aberdeen sees risk-taking rise

Investors are taking risks because they are fed up with buying government debt, according to the chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, Martin Gilbert.

Tullow in a dive as dry holes take toll

Shares in Tullow Oil tumbled by 3 per cent after the FTSE 100 explorer announced a $670m (£417m) write-off for 2012 to cover the cost of dry holes and licence relinquishments.

Marks & Spencer clothing sales slump over Christmas

Marks & Spencer last night delivered worse than expected clothing sales over the crucial festive period to confirm its status as one of the high street's weakest performers over Christmas.

As cliffhanger ends, is it time to invest in US?

Problems still loom, but world-class companies are always worth a punt. Emma Dunkley reports
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