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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.

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.

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
Chateau d’Yquem vintages were also binned in 1952, 1972 and 1992

Premier cru? No, just a vintage curse

Doomsayers in the Bordeaux region of France seeking to drink themselves into a stupor before the world ends on Friday must now contend with another supposed curse. Chateau d'Yquem, a posh vineyard mostly owned by the LVMH group, has announced it will not produce a 2012 vintage because weather has limited the sugar levels in the grapes used to make its renowned Sauternes sweet wine.

Savings rise but still a quarter put nothing by

Levels of savings are rising, according to a survey from National Savings and Investments (NS&I). Britons are saving on average 7.33 per cent of their income each month, £90 in real terms, up from 7.17 per cent in the previous quarter.

Unilever chief gloomy on prospects for Europe

The boss of Unilever, maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise, today warned that Europe's economies face at least a decade of bumping along the bottom, and raised fears over the recovery in the United States.

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