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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Resurgent demand and a falling supply of new homes helped to push house prices up by 4.4 per cent in the last year

House prices set to rise further after jumping 4.4% in 2013

Broader based recovery in housing market dependent on ‘real’ economic growth

Crisis? What crisis? Just ask the ever-growing numbers of UK and overseas nationals being forced to sleep rough

I thought Thatcher’s cardboard box city of rough sleepers outside Waterloo station had gone forever

Money Insider: The economic roller coaster looks set to continue into 2014

Many are concerned the Help to Buy scheme is storing up trouble

Cheques with a value of almost £840bn were processed in the UK in 2012 – 10 per cent of all payments by individuals.

Treasury unveils ‘smart’ way to cash a cheque: Take a photo on your phone and mail to the bank

People will be able to take pictures of cheques on their smartphones and send them to their bank to receive the money early, under a Treasury plan announced today.

A pre-election rate hike could actually improve David Cameron's chances of staying in Downing Street, rather than damaging them, as has been widely thought.

Interest rate rise would make more people 'better off', poll finds - and could help David Cameron to stay in Downing Street

More people believe they would be helped than harmed by a rise in interest rates, according to a new survey.

Market Report: Investors desert BAE Systems

Investors flew out of defence specialist  BAE Systems on Friday after news it had failed to win a £6bn contract on which punters had been pinning their hopes.

It will take average income families up to six months to pay off Christmas debt, it has been suggested

Families will still be paying off Christmas debts in June, study suggests

Average income households will take up to six months to clear debts built up through Christmas spending on food and presents, the TUC has said.

Money Insider: Keep a close eye on your credit history

Does your credit record contain the correct information? While many people will have heard of the term credit record, research from credit card provider Aqua shows that less than half of people have checked their own file to see what it contains.

Britain’s deficit soars to its highest for 24 years

But stronger-than-expected growth was seen over the past two years

Jim Armitage: Crazy money for bricks and mortar – that we paid for

Outlook Lord Kirkham, King of Sofas, provides us with a tale for our times.

UK house prices set to rise 8% in 2014, says RICS

Surveyor warns the demand and supply imbalance remains the biggest challenge facing the residential market

The Treasury struck a deal with Swiss authorities it hoped would result in £3bn being recouped in unpaid tax. HMRC has only collected £440m revenue to date

Take from the poor, but not the rich: Tax authorities accused of 'siding' with big business over small firms and individuals

HMRC ‘holds back’ from pursuing big avoiders, says Commons committee, and public pays the price

London: Where offices are now pricier to rent than even Hong Kong

Shortage of space and rise in demand has put the capital in world's top spot, says leading agent

London unseats Hong Kong as the world's most expensive office market

London's West End has seen a 14 per cent jump in costs this year to $259

Taxpayers lost £230m in Lloyds share sale

Figures undermine Osborne's claims that sale presented a profit for taxpayers

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