Arts and Entertainment Lorde and Disclosure have been confirmed to play at this year's Brit Awards 2014

The acts will join Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding

Visa to raise up to $18.8bn in record flotation on NYSE

Visa has announced an $18.8bn (£9.5bn) fundraising that will rank as the biggest initial public offering ever seen in the US. It comes as the credit crisis continues to destabilise financial markets, and in the middle of an otherwise arid spell for stock market flotations.

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US consumer sales growth slumps

Consumer spending slowed sharply in the US, official figures showed yesterday, as the country's most powerful consumer products groups warned that a slowdown would crimp profits in the coming months.

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Thrifty Living: We've all stopped spending. It's the end of the world

reading the road, Cormac McCarthy's apocalyptic vision set at the end of the world, I was struck by how the things we regard as "valuables" – namely credit cards and cash – were utterly useless, as opposed to the huge value given to things we currently don't set much store by, such as tinned peaches and home-made toys. Coins are meaningless tokens. A pack of playing cards, however, is a thing of wonder.

EU tells MasterCard to overhaul fees

MasterCard has six months to overhaul its fees for cross-Europe card transactions or incur significant fines after the charges were ruled illegal by the European Commission yesterday.

Howard Jacobson: It's official... if you take the trouble to read Shakespeare, your brain will thank you for it

Forgive my jubilation, but I have been waiting for this scientific proof for a long time

Davids rejects Ajax offer to stay with Tottenham

Edgar Davids has given Tottenham Hotspur coach Martin Jol a major boost by pledging his future to the club for a further year.

Row may shatter world of glass art

The world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is embroiled in a bitter legal wrangle after claiming in court that a former employee is ripping off his explosively colourful and lopsided designs.

Adam Rickitt: True blue hunk

He sounds off on pollution and photographs well, but can a 'Corrie' star win a Tory safe seat?

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Payment cards are first step towards making cash obsolete

If banks and major retailers have their way, notes and coins may soon be redundant, says David Prosser

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