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Outlook Raise a glass to Greene King. The pub and restaurant group reported a sparkling 5 per cent increase in sales over Christmas. But fill it with Cava rather than Champagne.

Ed Balls insisted he 'couldn’t give a toss' about speculation he could be ousted as shadow Chancellor

'I couldn’t give a toss': Ed Balls dismisses speculation about ousting as shadow Chancellor

Ed Balls insisted on Sunday he “couldn’t give a toss” about speculation he could be ousted as shadow Chancellor.

Jim Armitage: Kingfisher boss keeps his Krug in the fridge over British recovery

Outlook Ian Cheshire is one of our more cerebral chief executives. The Cambridge economics and law graduate who runs the B&Q owner Kingfisher is given to penning the occasional well-reasoned treatise on subjects such as "sustainable capitalism". His entry in Debrett's mentions his numerous advisory board positions in academia and Westminster. He is, in short, a man worth heeding – especially in matters economic.

Do the maths: Critics say the Department for Education has failed to respond to rising birth rates

Revealed: The real shortage of school places

Rise in birth rate in the UK has put primary schools under pressure to meet demand

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The cuts were bad, but the jokes that accompanied them were even worse

Dr Osborne did not say the economy was  ‘healing’ but ‘moving out of intensive care’

A policeman and a protester outside Bilderberg venue

Cost of policing Bilderberg conference was £1.3m

The cost of policing the Bilderberg conference – a meeting of politicians, academics and business leaders – in Hertfordshire last week was more than £1m, the Home Office has revealed.

Analysis: Economic recovery - a sprint that became a painful marathon

"We've always said the road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint" said the Business Secretary Vince Cable today in response to the GDP figures. Talk about rewriting history.

Touched by George Osborne's tears? Don't worry. It'll all end in votes

The Chancellor's grief at Lady Thatcher's funeral won't sway his critics, but many found it both genuine and moving

Budget 2013: Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year as rise in personal allowance brought forward

Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year - 12 months earlier than planned.

National Express feels loss of pensioners' subsidy

The Government's decision to axe half-price coach fares for the over-sixties saw 1 million fewer pensioners travel with National Express last year, as the transport group's annual pre-tax profit fell 9 per cent to £164.1m.

Falling pound and VAT hit Safestore

The UK's biggest self-storage firm counted the cost of the Chancellor's Budget raid on the industry and a falling pound as it veered into the red.

International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard (left) has some advice for the Chancellor George Osborne

Time for Plan B? Britain should ease austerity measures in Budget, IMF chief economist tells Osborne

Olivier Blanchard delivers 'time to take stock' message ahead of gloomy GDP figures expected tomorrow

What the Sunday Papers said…

The Independent on Sunday: Chancellor will need to use 'dark arts' to meet targets

A two-tier motorway would be ineffective, unjust, and add to the government's pile of #Omnishables

Most people agree that we have a major problem with congestion. But is inserting a new class distinction into Britain's roads likely to solve the problem? Probably not

Simon English: Sir Martin's many reasons to worry

It is tempting to think that Sir Martin Sorrell gets taken way too seriously; that his position as chief (M)Ad Man makes journalists hang on his every word rather more than a dispassionate analysis of his predictive record merits.

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