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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.

Roberto Martinez: Manager says in Spain teenagers improve by playing in ‘real’ games with men

Premier League makes first move to help FA improve English talent

Development follows Greg Dyke's speech on the national team

Why Matt Lucas is laughing all the way to the bank

The "Little Britain" comic Matt Lucas has become the latest TV star to make a fortune by selling a major stake in his production firm.

Jamie Spencer rides The Lark to victory on a day marred by Hayley Turner’s fall

Lark ascent marred by Hayley Turner's fall

The second day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster was marred when jockey Hayley Turner suffered an horrific fall in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.

SuperGroup fashions a high-speed sales spurt

SuperGroup, the Superdry fashion company, enjoyed its fastest quarter of growth for more than a year in the three months to July as better design and better products fed through to faster sales.

Tradesmen, not bankers, put in the longest hours

Britain’s army of tradesmen is working longer than famously office-tied bankers as holidays are sacrificed and weekends ignored in a bid to squeeze more jobs in.

Warming up nicely: sales rising at Aga in home sales upturn

The upturn in the London and South-East housing market is pushing through to sales of upmarket stoves and cookers, Aga Rangemaster said today.

Profit-sharing could be Miliband’s ‘right to buy’

Profit-sharing, and options like employee share ownership, incentivise staff to work towards raising company performance and rewards them when successful

James Ashton: Rentokil is still not sprung from its trap

Outlook Whenever Rentokil Initial says it is doing better, I smell a rat. This is a company that has flattered to deceive for as long as I have been writing about it. A glance at yesterday's figures shows that underlying revenues are falling, it is enduring tough times in Europe, and it is trying to put in place a more efficient country-by-country operating model. So what's changed?

Falling oil price drills a hole in EnQuest's profits

A fall in the price of crude oil has knocked 13.2 per cent off interim profits at the North Sea oil explorer EnQuest.

Hot spell gives New Look 'cracking start'

Fashion chain New Look rode the vagaries of the British weather better than some of its rivals, surviving the coldest spring for 50 years but having the right dresses and skirts on the rails when the summer finally arrived.

Big hitters wade in for next wave of flotations

Bankers are set to soak up the sun in the Square Mile this summer, writes Jamie Dunkley

Storm brewing over Publicis and Omnicom ad merger

Corporate governance advisers have warned they have "problems" with how the bosses of Publicis and Omnicom have carved up boardroom roles between them for the next five years as part of their £23bn advertising mega-merger.

Digital income drops by 8 per cent at Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror has suffered an 8 per cent drop in digital revenues in the past six months, underlining the problems that the owner of the Daily Mirror group faces in offsetting falling sales of its newspapers.

Extra large profits goal for Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss hopes new shops and a womenswear line by one of Michelle Obama's favourite designers Jason Wu will help grow its sales and profits for the year. Mr Wu was brought in as artistic director of the fashion group's womenswear last month to re-invigorate its collections.

France’s Schneider agrees £3.4bn takeover of Invensys

France's Schneider Electric has agreed a £3.4 billion deal for Invensys in a move that could lead to jobs cuts for UK workers.    

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