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

Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne forces Labour into a fiscal straitjacket

George Osborne has set a political trap for Labour by challenging the party to sign up to tough fiscal rules that would mean billions of pounds of new spending cuts after the 2015 general election.

What have we learned from the Autumn Statement?

The plan is working, the Chancellor said with a smile

Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

The main points of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement:

Boost for Londoners hit by cost-of-living crisis as 'real-terms Tube and bus fares freeze' in January announced

But unions denounce news as 'politicised stunt' in wake of scandal over Boris Johnson's comments about people with low IQs

Thames Water calls for 11% price hike to pay for "super sewer"

Half-year pre-tax profits were up by nearly a fifth to £134.2 million

Fifth of spending online as the net really starts to click with customers

Nearly one in every five pounds spent on shopping in the UK is done online – the highest level recorded, according to the British Retail Consortium.

David Cameron has resisted pressure to review winter fuel allowances, free bus passes and TV licences as he promised to keep them during the 2010 election campaign

The real cost of the economic downturn to Britain's 'squeezed middle' revealed

The average income of a household has fallen from £37,900 to £32,600 ONS figures show

Nick Clegg has challenged the big energy companies to 'come clean'

Government in £300m energy bill rebate

The Government is reportedly planning a £300m rebate to help with the rising cost of energy bills.

Thames Water defends tax liability as first half profits surge

Thames Water has announced a 19 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to £132.4 million for the first half-year.

Michael Gove's A-level reforms are in danger of wrecking government plans to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university

A-level reforms threaten moves to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university, says Ucas chief

Mary Curnock Cook cited evidence that more students in state schools were already leaning towards vocational qualifications

South West Water to freeze bills until 2015

South West Water has vowed to freeze prices for the next to two years.

United Utilities refrains from price hike as profits jump

Water supplier United Utilities has vowed to keep bills low as it scaled back plans to hike prices in a bid to save customers money.

Consumer splurge in third quarter fuels fears for "unsustainable" recovery

The Office for National Statistics maintained growth figures unchanged at 0.8% for the third quarter

Severn Trent hikes dividend despite profit drop as the company vows to keep water bills down

Severn Trent saw underlying pre-tax profits drop 5.8 per cent to £141.3 million for the six months to October

The average profit made by the companies per household has more than tripled in three years

Energy firms: Big Six profits rise from £30 to £105 per UK household - more than threefold in three years

New data demolishes companies' claims that price hikes are beyond their control

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