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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Cash-strapped Britons tempted by risky credit

About seven million people are turning to high-interest credit to keep a roof over their heads, research published today reveals.

James Moore: Rates cap would rein in these malign lenders

Outlook The Insolvency Service prompted another bout of hand-wringing yesterday about payday loans and their malign impact on those that use them.

Martin Hickman: Coalition strikes a blow for hard-pressed shoppers

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Banks set to scrap debit card currency fee

Holidaymakers will no longer be charged for purchasing foreign currency with a debit card in the UK at five major banks, the consumer watchdog announced today.

EU investigates Apple and five publishers over e-book pricing

European regulators have launched an investigation into some of the biggest names in publishing to discover whether, with the help of Apple, they have flouted competition rules over the pricing of electronic books.

Web discount firm Groupon 'broke advertising laws'

UK regulators could force US company to drop some of its eye-catching deals

Baxter's soup firm buys Fray Bentos pie maker

Princes has sold the canned pie maker Fray Bentos to the Scottish soup group, Baxters.

Watchdog orders auditors inquiry

Britain's top accountants are to have their own books scrutinised after the consumer watchdog today referred the business of checking companies' figures for a full-scale competition inquiry.

Breaking news? Kent saves local press

The OFT is tipped to approve a merger deal that could show the way forward for regional newspapers. Laura Chesters reports

OFT challenges Tarmac merger

The Office of Fair Trading has challenged a proposed merger of the UK construction businesses of Anglo American's Tarmac and Lafarge, the French cement maker that bought Blue Circle a decade ago.

Ryanair faces new inquiry

The Office of Fair Trading has resumed its investigation into Ryanair's minority stake in its Irish rival Aer Lingus, and said yesterday it expected to reach a decision by the end of next month.

OFT ruling on Amazon buy to be revealed

The result of the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into Amazon.com's planned acquisition of UK-based The Book Depository International will be revealed this Friday. Amazon is estimated to account for 70 per cent of UK e-tail book sales, while The Book Depository and Play.com are its largest rivals.

Cement industry referred for competition inquiry

The Competition Commission should investigate the market for cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates such as rocks, sand and gravel, the Office of Fair Trading said yesterday.

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