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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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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