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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.

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Video: Osborne: 'Budget to move from rescue to recovery'

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, says next week's budget will focus on the "deep-rooted problems in the UK economy".

David Prosser: More pain all round but the banks survive to fight another day

Outlook Here is is how Vince Cable – then just a humble Treasury spokesman for the Liberal Democrats – described the voluntary tax avoidance code for the banking sector when the Labour government first launched it last December: "A terribly limp-wristed response to a serious abuse". By yesterday, that same code had become the centrepiece of the Government's latest effort to reassure people that banks will take their fair share of the pain as we pay down the deficit.

£1m severance payout for ex-Labour ministers

Former Labour ministers were handed more than £1 million in severance pay at the General Election, official figures showed today.

Birthday Honours: Order Of The Bath

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Ms Lesley Ann Strathie. Permanent secretary, HM Revenue and Customs. (Hornchurch, Essex)

David Prosser: Greek lessons for Britain's next Chancellor of the Exchequer

Outlook: Let's be clear. Britain is not Greece. We may currently be running record budget deficits, but our total debt as a proportion of GDP is less than half that of the Greeks.

Econoblog: Cable, the Peoples' Chancellor

If we had an election for Chancellor of the Exchequer, Vince Cable would win it. Despite the best efforts of some in the media, he remains the Peoples' Chancellor, and in the Channel 4 debate last night he showed why.

Business Diary: Tories in trouble over Heathrow

The Institute of Directors today offers tacit support to the Conservatives with a business manifesto calling for immediate steps to cut the deficit. One demand will cause problems: the IoD wants the next Government to agree to a third runway at Heathrow, to which the Tories are implacably opposed.

Letters show how Brown tried to heal rift with Mowlam

PM's 'emotional' correspondence with dying MP was an attempt to end their long-standing feud

Andreas Whittam Smith: Brown is plunging down the same abyss as Major

Harrassment can begin when a PM's personal qualities are lacking

Lloyds meets Treasury over toxic scheme

Lloyds Banking Group today said talks were ongoing over possible alternatives to the Government's toxic asset insurance scheme amid speculation it has been banned from withdrawing.

Norman Glass: Civil servant whose work led to the Sure Start programme

Norman Glass influenced the lives of many children and families who will never know him. Glass was a Renaissance man. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he received distinctions in Hebrew and Gaelic in his entrance examinations and achieved a first-class degree. He was awarded a post-graduate diploma in European integration from the University of Amsterdam. He also claimed to be a qualified rugby referee.

Rank blasts government bingo tax

Rank chief says ministers are prejudiced against their constituents' pastimes

Stephen King: Economic forecasters could learn something from meteorologists

Forecasters got their projections badly wrong – the Treasury's were particularly misleading

We did not take taxpayer for a mug, Darling insists

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Governor of the Bank of England and the chief executive of the Fin-ancial Services Authority faced a barrage of hostile questioning from MPs yesterday.

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