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In the midst of London’s stock market IPO boom, one mid-tier technology group is about to bid auf Wiedersehen.

Market Report: Thomas Cook's future gets a vote of confidence

Can Thomas Cook survive? There are some in the Square Mile who believe so, despite the troubled tour operator having suffered a terrible 2011. The group endured three profit warnings, two refinancings and one chief executive jumping ship last year, prompting its shares to lose more than nine-tenths of their value.

Expected fall in January tax revenue will give Chancellor a pre-Budget headache

The first indications that George Osborne's deficit reduction timetable is slipping could come this week with the release of the official public borrowing figures for January.

Spotlight On: Investec Bank savings accounts

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Phoenix talks with CVC collapse

Takeover talks between the insurance company Phoenix and the private equity house CVC that have been rumbling on since November collapsed yesterday.

Flybe's UK passenger revenues tumble

More evidence of turbulence in the aviation sector emerged yesterday as Flybe's UK passenger revenues fell in the four months since October.

Robert Wiseman agrees £280m takeover by Müller

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

Germans swallow dairy giant Wiseman in £280m deal

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

Tullett Prebon axes 80 traders in London and New York

Around 80 traders at money broker Tullett Prebon have lost their jobs in the City and on Wall Street as austerity bites.

Factories to fall to lows of recession

British manufacturing could soon sink to levels not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, leading economists have warned.

Watson reaches Hobart safely

Australian teenager Jessica Watson can add the gruelling and often dangerous Sydney to Hobart yacht race to her list of sailing accomplishments.

Stephen Foley: MF Global mess shows need for drastic reform

US Outlook: Oh, 2011. Another year, and Wall Street invents another way for us to lose money we thought was safe.

Race rocked by spying claims

Australian supermaxi Investec Loyal's thrilling Sydney-Hobart win is under threat, after a protest claiming that its crew asked a media helicopter pilot to spy on the rival supermaxi Wild Oats XI during the race.

Capita snaps up translation firm

Capita has bought a translation business that acts for courts, prisons and police forces across the UK for £7.5m and up to a further £60m based on the next four years' profits.

Taxman saves BAE bonuses

The three top executives at defence giant BAE Systems have seen their bonus scheme salvaged by a tax deal from HM Revenue & Customs last Thursday.

Kenwright still seeks a saviour

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is doing all he can to find a buyer for the cash-strapped club.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?