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Crouch determined to seal England place

Jermain Defoe has told Peter Crouch exactly what it feels like not to get picked for the World Cup - and there is no way the Tottenham striker wants to suffer the same fate.

Big credit-card shake-up could hit you in the pocket

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Property values increase for fifth month in a row

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Spotlight: Nationwide Exclusive Personal Loan

Lenders are increasingly only offering their best rates to existing customers – and Nationwide Building Society has followed the trend. It is offering the market-leading unsecured personal loan rate at 7.7 per cent, but you can only apply if you have a FlexAccount – Nationwide's current account.

Fourth monthly rise in house prices fuels hopes of property market revival

House prices rose for the fourth month in a row, according to the Nationwide Building Society's latest snapshot of the market.

Money Insider: Finding the right personal loan could net a wheel deal when it comes to buying a new car

With the 59 new registered cars due out on 1 September, there will be a boom in demand for personal loans over the next few weeks, a fact that’s not gone unnoticed by some big-name lenders. That’s good news if you’re seeking some finance for your new wheels, as there are a couple of tempting offers that have appeared on the shelves this week.

Streets ahead: Does John Lewis offer a revolutionary way forward for big business?

John Lewis is Britain's best-loved, most employee-friendly retailer. And business is booming. Martin Hickman wonders if there's a connection...
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