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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Petrol prices climbed from 76p a litre to £1.36 between 2003 and 2012

Motorists facing years of high fuel bills as Office of Fair Trading rejects referring petrol market to Competition Commission

Watchdog launched a study last September to investigate accusations of predatory pricing by supermarkets

Bank customers saving nearly £1 billion a year in overdraft charges after reforms

Bank customers are saving almost £1 billion a year in overdraft charges thanks to reforms introduced after a public revolt against them, but high street providers must do more if they are to escape a competition investigation into their industry, a report warned today.

British banks are still failing customers, watchdog warns

Britain’s banks received a fresh blow today as the consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, said they were still failing to be competitive enough and not focusing on customers’ needs.

Drivers have been queueing for hundreds of yards to fill up at petrol pumps, following the Government's exhortation that drivers keep tanks topped up ahead of possible industrial action

As petrol price rises hit forecourts, is 'market speculation' to blame?

Petrol price rises of up to 4p per litre are set to be posted in Britain’s 8,000 service stations from next week, provoking fierce criticism from motoring organisations.

Pepsi helps profits to bubble at Britvic

Bubbling demand for Britvic's fizzy drinks including Pepsi and 7Up in the UK helped its revenues rise 4.8 per cent to £303.2m in the three months to today.

Pensions regulator to scrutinise value of schemes

Plans to enrol nine million more workers in company pension schemes are set to be investigated by regulators.

In a Which? survey, 92 per cent of people said they felt under too much pressure to spend at Christmas

1.5 million took out loans to fund Christmas

Consumers will remain vulnerable to fast-finance firms until a crackdown on credit charges in 2014

Rank is told it must offload six of its casinos before it can take over rival Gala

Rank will have to sell off as many as six casinos if it wants to revive its £205m takeover of rival Gala Casinos, the Competition Commission said yesterday.

LSE aims for lower price on LCH.Clearnet

The London Stock Exchange is attempting to renegotiate its deal to buy LCH.Clearnet, which plays a key role in clearing share trades, after regulators demanded it hold more cash.

Barr fizzes with success before merger

AG Barr has served up a refreshing set of figures ahead of its planned £1.5bn merger with Britvic.

Supermarkets sign special-offer code

Eight leading supermarkets have signed up to a set of principles to ensure that shoppers are not misled by claims on special offers.

Budget airlines like Ryanair often deliver profits

OFT challenges Ryanair over new booking charges

Fair trading officials today clashed with Ryanair over the reason the Irish airline gave for introducing extra charges for its passengers.

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James Moore: Hammer due to fall on an unpleasant trade

Outlook It seems the hammer is about to fall on the payday lending industry.

Personal pricing may mean higher charges

Sophisticated software is allowing businesses to monitor our internet shopping and use the information gathered to offer us personalised prices.

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