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Q. My husband bought a bag for me on 5 January for my birthday from the Mulberry store in St Christopher's Place, London. It was not a sale item. At my request, he exchanged it on 20 January for a different colour. The replacement bag was £100 cheaper. The store told him he could not have a refund and instead issued a credit note. However, the store's website shows that its policy is that items returned in perfect condition within 28 days with proof of purchase will be refunded. I have tried repeatedly but unsuccessfully to contact Mulberry to resolve this. The transaction was some time ago but I only recently found out that the store did not provide a refund. FW, by email.

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Resolution shares tumbled towards the bottom of the stock market movers yesterday as the insurer unveiled plans to split the business in two by 2014.

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Insurance tycoon Clive Cowdery has emerged as a surprise bidder for the 632 bank branches being sold by Lloyds Banking Group, it was reported today.

Resolution plans to shut two offices

The insurance takeover specialist Resolution is to close its offices in Manchester and Basingstoke, affecting 295 jobs, as it integrates the three acquisitions it has made since it launched in 2008.

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Resolution Ltd, the insurance buyout business founded by Clive Cowdery, announced yesterday it would return £500m to investors over the next year.

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Aviva is to appoint John McFarlane as its new chairman, ending the insurer's 10-month search to find a successor to Lord Sharman.

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