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Simon English: Carney’s on a high and on a hiding to nothing

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Financial Policy Committee signs up London Stock Exchange's Dame Clara Furse

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Boris looks human among Westminster waxworks

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Overseas firms steal a march on UK in 'patent box' tax break hunt

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In a bitter blow for George Osborne in the week of his Budget, another credit rating agency has signalled that it is likely to strip the UK of its AAA credit rating

New blow for George Osborne as Fitch warns it may also cut UK's AAA credit rating

Rival agency, Moody’s, stripped the UK of its top notch rating status last month

Lights out warning as SSE cuts its power generation

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Budget 2013: Research - Scientists upset by cash snub

Science supporters were disappointed that the Budget failed to address what they see as long-standing problems with under-funded research facilities crippled by rising running costs.

James Ashton: A change of mindset (and another miracle) would really help the economy

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Companies which buy ultra-low emissions cars will benefit from an extension to the 100 per cent first year tax allowance, as well as new company car tax rates for the lowest emitting cars.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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