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The Government has chosen Ian McCafferty, the chief economic adviser of the CBI, the employers' body, to replace Adam Posen on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

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England bowler Graeme Swann rested for remainder of one-day series against Australia

Graeme Swann will miss England's final two matches in the NatWest Series against Australia to rest the sore elbow in his bowling arm.

RBS admits problems with its computer system will not be properly fixed for days

Problems with the computer system at RBS Group will not be properly fixed for days, the taxpayer-controlled banking giant admitted today.

NatWest customers targeted by fraud emails following IT crisis

NatWest customers could face further financial woes as they are being targeted by fake “phishing” emails purporting to be from the boss of their banking group.

Investigation needed into Natwest and RBS's IT meltdown, says Sir Mervyn King

Bank bosses should be subject to a "detailed investigation" over the IT meltdown which left thousands of customers without access to cash, Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King said today.

NatWest mess shows cuts can cost dear

An operation suddenly trying to do the same thing with fewer hands is going to come unstuck somewhere.

Account holders with NatWest were left frustrated this week after a number of glitches left some customers unable to access their money

RBS and NatWest customers could face weeks of turmoil as a result of the banks’ computer chaos

RBS and NatWest customers could face weeks of turmoil as a result of the banks’ computer chaos, the Financial Ombudsman Service warned today.

New customers call free – loyal ones forced to pay

Banks, insurers and energy providers are forcing their customers to use expensive phone lines to contact them. But new customers can call for free, a new report from Which? has revealed this week.

RBS admits computer problems will last until Monday as NatWest customers also face financial chaos

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is facing growing unrest as it admitted tonight that it will be “Monday at the earliest” before it will sort out the computer problems that have brought financial chaos to millions.

Natwest and RBS 'working round the clock' to fix technical problems

A banking group said it is "working round the clock" to fix technical problems for NatWest customers before the weekend begins.

Natwest branches open late to help customers affected by technical glitch

NatWest branches were being kept open late today to help a "large number" of customers who have been affected by technical hitches which failed to properly update their account balances.

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England rotate squad for final one-day international against West Indies

England's rotation policy appears to be here to stay after Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were rested for Friday's final one-day international against the West Indies.

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Ian Bell replaces Kevin Pietersen in England one-day squad

England have recalled Ian Bell to the one-day squad for the upcoming series against West Indies in place of the retired Kevin Pietersen.

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Bank TV ads banned for misleading viewers

Touching bank adverts which claimed the banks would “continue to provide banking services wherever we’re the last bank in town” have been banned after it turned it the claims were untrue.

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