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ITV buys stake in ‘Teen Wolf’ firm

Focus: Breaking the grip of the audit oligarchs

Watchdogs want to shake up the big four accountants who police big business

Google surprise setback as UK sales start to slow

Google has suffered a surprise slowdown in the UK, with revenues falling for the first time in eight quarters.

Simon Read: Government and companies must put consumers first

We spent £56m while talking on premium rate government phone lines last year. The National Audit Office reported this week that despite attempts to limit expensive 084 numbers, they are still being used extensively.

Future bleak for print magazines at publisher

The closure or sale of some print magazines could be on the agenda for the games and technology magazines publisher Future after it warned it would miss profits targets.

Exclusive: PwC links to independent anti-reform lobbyist revealed

Connection exposed as competition regulators prepare to shake up the audit market

Guardian and Observer tot up losses of £31m

The Guardian and Observer newspapers slumped to an operating loss of £31m in the year to March but that was an improvement on a year ago when the papers lost £44m.

Under fire: G4S are under investigation and contracts are on hold after it was found to have overcharged taxpayers to monitor tags which didn't exist

G4S and Serco face £50 million fraud inquiry

Serious Fraud Office investigates G4S claim of over-charging for government contracts

Money alert: Pension liberation

There were fresh warnings this week of the dangers of pension liberation – schemes which offer people the chance to transfer their retirement savings to an arrangement that allows them to get at their pension pot before the standard retirement age of 55.

British firms rapped over virtually identical responses to consultations over reforms to way they are governed

Shareholder voting advisor Pirc has attacked British companies for producing virtually identical responses to consultations on a series of crucial reforms to the way they are governed.

Serco ups revenues but rivals’ strength damages margins

Serco, operator of the Boris bikes scheme and Docklands Light Railway, today says more competition from rival outsourcers is damaging business.

Ailing retailers buckle under rent blow

Two more retailers were on the brink of administration last night, putting thousands of jobs at risk after yesterday's third-quarter rent day forced them to throw in the towel.

Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Exclusive - 'I've been hung out to dry': CQC chief Cynthia Bower hits back at accusations of a cover-up after deaths of mothers and babies at Morecambe Bay NHS hopsitals

The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into a flawed inspection of an NHS Trust has categorically denied being involved in a cover up.

Debenhams to post sales rise amid tough times

The department store chain Debenhams will this week warn that the fashion sector has endured tough early summer trading, although it is still expected to have grown sales.

Quite the most fascinating programme on television at the moment is Channel 4’s Child Genius, in which a collection of fanatically bright pre-teens solves mathematical puzzles and answers abstruse general knowledge questions in pursuit of a Mensa trophy

A little interference is a wonderful thing

The Government's sudden desire to make new rules and enforce old ones is overdue. Plus, ghastly kids, and the death of plain speaking

The Public Accounts Committee said that Google's defence of its tax position was 'deeply unconvincing on the basis of evidence'

'David Cameron must intervene': Watchdog accuses search giant Google of failing to pay its fair share of tax

Internet giant criticised by MPs for ‘brazen’ attempt to reduce its liabilities in UK

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