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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

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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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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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