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Inflation across the single currency bloc fell to 0.7% in January moving closer to deflationary territory

Energy firms accused of 'green murder' over levies rollback

Some energy companies have been accused of “getting away with green murder” for failing to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of levies.

Expert talk: Five point action plan to improve the retirement market

The Financial Services Consumer Panel has called for an urgent reform of the pension annuities industry in a damning report.

Pensioners are at risk of receiving less income in retirement than they should as a result of poor value, excessive profits and inadequate practices carried out by life insurers, according to the report.

So what can consumers do, and how can the industry be improved? Tom McPhail, head of pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, has a five point action plan:

UK wage rises set to lag behind European neighbours

The squeeze on British households is set to worsen next year as companies crimp pay rises to among the lowest in Europe.

Bank's Mark Carney defies doomsters on the economic outlook for the West

Governor says more lucrative technology will be created, and calls UK “promising”

Ed Miliband has argued that the package could not go ahead during the biggest cost of living crisis for a generation

MPs' pay rise: Ed Miliband calls for decision now after David Cameron refuses to say whether he will accept 11% increase

An attempt by David Cameron to kick the vexed issue of MPs’ pay into the long grass was rebuffed by Ed Miliband on Monday night.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist views are likely to antagonise victims of Japan's wartime aggression

Japan disappoints as Q3 growth is revised down

Japan’s private sector is losing faith in prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “shock and awe” tactics to revive the world’s third biggest economy after worrying figures today showed business investment flat-lining in the latest quarter

Rail commuters could be spending as much as 25% of their wages just getting to and from work

Cost of commuting revealed as some train users spend 25% of entire salary getting to and from work

Lowest-paid workers in Birmingham hit hardest by latest revelations in ‘cost of living crisis’

Mobiles growth to push UK ad spend to $24bn by 2016

Global advertising spend is set to hit a new record high in each of the next three years, marking the “strongest sustained period of growth in 10 years”, according to a leading media-buying agency.

Bar staff, retail workers and waiters are amongst those who've been affected the most

The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era

The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond would not take the pay rise and suggested cabinet colleagues would follow suit

Commons in chaos as MPs attack pay rise plan as ‘incomprehensible’

Moves to award an 11 per cent pay rise to MPs, taking their salaries to £74,000, were in chaos on Sunday night as politicians queued up to say they did not want the extra money.

Money alert: ISA limits 2013-14

So now we know how much we'll be able to stash away in our tax-free individual savings accounts from next April.

Crackdown on councils profiteering through excessive parking fines announced

Erick Pickles says move will support struggling high streets

One third of Britons see rates rising within a year, says Bank of England survey

34% of respondents expect rates to rise over the next 12 months

House prices rising at fastest pace in six years, says Halifax

Prices rose by 1.1 per cent month on month to reach £174,910 on average

Ed Balls faced sustained heckling from the Tory back benches during his response to George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Faced with sustained heckling from the enemy, Ed Balls fluffs lines

Ed Balls endured a torrid time in the Commons as he accused George Osborne of resorting to “smoke and mirrors” to cover up a record of economic failure.

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