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Lenders have this week trumpeted record low personal-loan deals.

Facebook will remove adverts from restricted content after M&S and Sky become the latest to suspend their advertising

New system promises to stop adverts appearing next to controversial or offensive material

Dress to impress: Model wears jacket £1,250, trousers £595, blouse £595, all by Mulberry, mulberry.com

Off to the races

Don’t fall foul of Royal Ascot’s dress code with this stylish summer formalwear, says Emma Akbareian

£200 of M&S vouchers to be won when you transfer money overseas

Bank-beating exchange rates and no hidden fees on all your international payments

Margaret Thatcher was renowned for her no-nonsense turn of phrase

Margaret Thatcher: In her own words

A selection of The Iron Lady's memorable quotes

Man injured in Christmas trolley incident dies in hospital

A 60-year-old man injured after being hit by a trolley during an alleged altercation in December has died, police said.

£37.50, marksandspencer.com

The shape of things to come

Even if you've over-indulged of late, modern shape-wear will ensure you don't feel trussed up like a turkey, says Emma Akbareian

Christmas gifts for the lady

Main image: square wristlet clutch by Kenzo, £230; pink clutch by DVF, £300, both from Selfridges; frames, from £5, John Lewis

High street cheer on cards in the run-up to Christmas

But gloom still persists as M&S profits fall and suit sales plunge

Contractor killed after being electrocuted in Marks and Spencer store is named

A contractor who was electrocuted in a shopping centre yesterday has been named as 62-year-old Philip Dodd.

Postcard from... Paris

Culinary pride is one of Paris's longest-standing and justifiable traditions. Derision of its British equivalent has proved slightly more perishable. Despite black pudding's failure to make an impact, British meats, Stilton, Cheddar and whisky have become rather popular.

1. Capiz Daisy Ceiling Light, £75, Marks & Spencer

A radiant affair: Ceiling lights that dazzle with looks as well as watts

1. Capiz Daisy Ceiling Light

Simon English: So why can't Bolland smarten up M&S?

Outlook Next's relative success has got to be making life awkward for Marc Bolland. He was supposed to be the saviour of Marks & Spencer – it seems to need one at least every five years – and so far his results are mixed at best.

Money Insider: An opportunity for M&S bank to make mark

Over the last few years the UK banking scene has become pretty stale with very little to choose between the products and services offered by the big names on our high street.

Icap weathers the tough times with cost cutting

Michael Spencer, the chief executive of broking giant Icap, yesterday declared that "the last four years have been the worst time in financial markets and we are certainly not out of it yet".

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