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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.

BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster fund is scraping the barrel

Shares in BP tumbled nearly 4 per cent today after the FTSE 100 oil giant hiked its provision for compensation claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by $1.4 billion (£913 million) to $9.6 billion — and warned the final cost could be “significantly higher” as it continues to receive new claims.

GDP up 0.6%: Momentum is growing, but UK still lags behind in economic recovery

Coalition ministers hail signs of ‘healing’, but total output is  still below its 2008 peak, as US and Germany power ahead

B&Q-owner Kingfisher cashes in on the heatwave

Shares hit 12-year high as the hot spell sees B&Q's sales of goods such as barbecues rocket
Mike Ashley oversaw his sports retail group increase its profit to £287.9m last year, thanks to the collapse of rivals and the Olympics

Sports Direct staff share £150m bonus after record profit

Employees will each get £75,000 in shares but founder’s ‘super bonus’ has been scrapped

Fresh woe for hedge fund RAB as commodities fund slides nearly 20%

Worries over the US Federal Reserve easing back on money printing left RAB Capital, the hedge fund hammered by an ill-fated bet on Northern Rock, nursing fresh losses last month.

Investment View: Keep faith with Arm despite the Intel challenge

Intel's desire to break Arm's dominance of the mobile chip market hasn't been any secret. But it is only quite recently that the City has really started to fret about it. Arm shares, flirting with an £11 close in May, have since lost almost a third of their value – a stunning fall.

Furious Gulf Keystone blasts ‘disingenuous’ M&G demands

Oil company Gulf Keystone hit back today after major shareholder M&G Recovery Fund lambasted its corporate governance policy.

UK Coal 'to be taken over by state pension fund'

The state looks set to take over the bulk of Britain's coal mining industry through a deal by the Government's Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

Zak Hardaker: I want Tomkins' position

Zak Hardaker, who will revert to full-back tonight for Leeds in their rearranged Super League match against Widnes, has insisted he will fight for a starting full-back place for England with the autumn World Cup on the horizon.

Rapper Kanye West and Apple pioneer Steve Jobs

Who said what, Kanye West or Steve Jobs? You decide

Answers at bottom of page

James Moore: Shareholders' rebellion was a long time coming

Outlook After a spring when most institutional shareholders appeared to be sleeping, a remuneration report has at last been defeated.

Anthony Hilton: Why this is one housing market to stay out of

If the way to stay young is to keep repeating your mistakes then the London investment community will surely be blessed with perpetual youth if it buys into the flotation of Foxtons.

EE snaps up 500,000 customers as it ups the pressure on its 4G rivals

The mobile giant EE has signed up 500,000 customers for its super-fast 4G service in seven months, raising the pressure on rivals including Vodafone, which has pushed back its 4G launch until late summer.

Services surge lifts hopes for UK economy growth spurt

Buoyant sector follows accelerated moves this week in construction and manufacturing

Market Report: It's still hard to size up Marks & Spencer

Three years after taking the helm at the British retail bell-wether, Marks & Spencer's boss Marc Bolland is still dividing opinion. Most of the debate centres on whether the former Morrisons chief executive has got the gumption to turn around the retailer's clothing arm, and yesterday was no different amid a stream of conflicting opinions from company watchers in the Square Mile.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore