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European Union unveils tough new rules for 'Big Four' accountants

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HS2 essential for UK, insist 'convinced' MPs

Report says risks of not going ahead with the project 'significantly outweigh the risks of doing so'

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Outlook: Rotations won't necessarily solve the auditing problem

Outlook The Co-operative Bank never got anywhere close to the size of RBS, and it hasn't (so far) called upon the taxpayer for funds. It's worth remembering the latter point. All the same, the two rival each other when it comes to the sheer ineptitude that their difficulties have put on display.

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.

Mr Michaels has only targeted increasing BDO's market share in the FTSE 350 from 3 per cent to 5 per cent by 2018

'Another decade of prejudice' against mid-tier accountants

Accountants outside of the industry’s ‘Big Four’ will continue to suffer from “institutional prejudice” for another decade despite incoming regulatory reforms, the managing partner of BDO has warned.

KPMG breaks new ground with launch of $100m technology fund

KPMG has stolen a march on its ‘Big Four’ rivals with the launch of what is thought to be the first significant investment fund established by any of the major accountants.

‘Reality check’ for retailers as sales creep up

The warm autumn weather has hit fashion retailers just as the High Street had been showing signs of recovery, according to a new report.

Grant Thornton smashes into Big Four’s territory

Grant Thornton will double its FTSE 250 audit work by 2017 following hard-hitting reforms by regulators to smash the dominance of the Big Four accountants, the bean-counter’s chief executive has claimed.

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