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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Be quick on your feet and check out your gym contract before you get signed up

Savvy Money: Sign up to a gym contract as supple as you aim to be

If your resolution to fight the flab weakens, the only pounds you lose may be in health club bills

Accidents will happen: But at least drivers may be able to put a dent in their insurance costs

Drive down the cost of your car insurance

Motorists feel they pay too much and now the regulators have caught up. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight see how you can take control

No house of fun: the regulators need to stop the descent of leaseholders into high charges`

Julian Knight: Managing agents rip off too many leaseholders

It is one of the great hidden rip-offs in our society: managing agents and the charges they levy on leaseholders.

More banks face payouts over loan blunder

Huge compensation payments by Northern Rock, Co-operative Bank and Barclays could be just the beginning of a loan scandal that could affect many of Britain's banks and building societies.

Government told its new pension system is ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK’s new pension saving system is not “fit for purpose” at a time when retirement prospects in the UK are more uncertain than ever and state pensions are being slashed, a leading report warns today.

Children are an easy target for aggressive commercial practices

Games firms that exploit children will be punished

Computer games manufacturers are exploiting children through so-called “freemium” games, the consumer watchdog has warned. It has told games firms to fall into line with a new set of fair principles, published today, or face fines.

AG Barr counts cost of failed merger with soft-drinks rival Britvic

AG Barr’s failed attempt to merge with soft drinks rival Britvic has cost the Irn Bru maker £4.9 million, it admitted today.

Many pension schemes are predicated on unrealistic growth expectations from the City in better times

Julian Knight: High fees culture continues despite OFT intervention

Charges demanded by old pension schemes mean they offer poor value to their members

DB Apparel, maker of the Shock Absorber range famously advertised by Anna Kournikova with the tag-line 'only the ball should bounce', has been accused of breaching anti-competition laws with three major department stores

OFT accuses retail giants of fixing price of sports bras

John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser have been accused of price fixing Britain’s most popular sports bras by the Office of Fair Trading following a year-long investigation.

John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser embroiled in sports bra price fixing accusations

Office of Fair Trading accuses retailers of entering into illegal anti-competition deals with retailer of the Shock Absorber range, famously marketed in adverts with Anna Kournikova, from 2008 to 2011

Average payout of more than £300 for customers as bank pays refunds of interest paid on personal loans

300,000 Barclays customers to get surprise windfalls as bank to pay £100m in loan error

Average payout of more than £300 for customers as bank pays refunds of interest paid on personal loans

Crackdown on company pension ‘rip-off charges’

OFT has found that complex fees can wipe out up to a third of a fund’s value

Schools should not force hard-up parents to buy expensive branded uniforms, says Schools minister

David Laws announces new guidelines for school uniform on first day of Liberal Democrat conference

James Moore: Wonga? It's just an unnecessary evil

Outlook Moola, dosh, bread, one thing's quite clear: whatever you choose to call it, Wonga's positively rolling in the stuff, turning a profit of more than £1m a week by (to continue the slang theme) fleecing its customers.

Watchdogs quiz Google on Waze buy

Google's $1bn (£643m) swoop for the Israeli mapping firm Waze yesterday threatened to fall foul of the UK's competition watchdog.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick