News The over-budget decontamination of Sellafield by the NMP consortium has been the subject of repeated criticism

‘This is a massive indictment of NMP’s failure to deliver’ says environmental consultant after reading letters written to clean-up consortium

High street fears for festive season as sales collapse

Retail sales hit a six-month low in November as cash-strapped consumers curbed spending, including online, despite Christmas approaching.

Christmas fails to tempt consumers into spending

Even a late rush to the shops will not make up for the poor November sales figures

London firms still waiting for Olympics 'dividend'

Continuing economic gloom means businesses in the capital will take on fewer staff, warns CBI

Leading article: Scrutiny of the 'big four' is long overdue

Imagine what your accountant would say if you said you'd been with the same supplier for donkey's years, you never shopped around and if you did, you would look only at three other firms – despite many others to choose from.

Bargain Booze owners seek to sell for £100m

The private-equity owners of Bargain Booze have kicked off a sale of the discount off-licence group for up to £100m.

Building societies ride out the financial crisis

All but four of the UK's 48 building societies were profitable in the past year despite "highly competitive" conditions, a new report shows.

Most building societies made profit

All but four of the UK's 48 building societies were profitable in the last year despite "highly competitive" conditions, a report said today

Banks warn pay curbs will hit UK competitiveness

The City was again voicing complaints yesterday about the pay restrictions on some of Britain's wealthiest bankers.

North-South jobs divide is set to widen

The over the next year as manufacturers' confidence falters, a new report claims.

Sharp slowdown in jobs outlook suggests that recovery is slowing

Manufacturing is looking weaker, which will make it hard to build a recovery on exports, and weak consumer spending and public sector cuts are adding to the gloom

High streets facing 'spending paralysis' after weak July sales

Retailers have warned of a "spending paralysis" on the high street if confidence is not revived in the wake of the global slowdown and sovereign debt crisis, after the sector delivered anaemic sales growth in July.

At least two years before big banking deals return

Big ticket banking takeovers will not return for another two years at least, as global financial groups continue to feel the pressure in the wake of the downturn, according to a report out today.

D J Taylor: No weird food, please – we're British

We might not enter into the true holiday spirit, but we're determined to enjoy next year's Olympics extravaganza

Retail sales fall further as shoppers feel the squeeze

The high street suffered falling sales again in June and retailers remain under "huge pressure" from the squeeze on consumer spending, an influential survey has warned.

Sharp jump in level of company fraud

The level of fraud faced by British companies jumped to £1.1bn between January and June, according to accountants at KPMG, up from £609m in the same period last year.

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