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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Car insurance industry faces investigation

The motor insurance industry is to face a full-blown investigation after competition watchdogs said the market was not working well for consumers and found premiums were being pushed up by £225 million a year.

Sports Direct to buy 60 JJB Sports stores

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct is set to buy 60 stores from struggling rival JJB Sports out of administration today but thousands of staff will lose their jobs at the Wigan-based chain.

Gala Coral-Mecca Bingo merger referred to Competition Commission

The merger of two of the UK's biggest casino operators suffered a setback today after being referred for a full competition inquiry.

James Ashton: Groupon a bargain? No, it's just another dot.com cock-up

Outlook It's just the sort of bargain lucky punters might root out on a discount website. Once on sale for $20, now going cheap for $6. Quick – where do I enter my credit card details?

Payday lender fined more than half a million pounds after being duped by ID fraud

A payday lender has been fined more than half a million pounds and had its licence revoked after falling victim to fraudsters who successfully impersonated thousands of people to take out loans.

InterContinental investors' £960m windfall

Investors in InterContinental Hotels, which is reeling from a price-fixing investigation, hope for better news this week with City analysts betting they may be on track for a $1.5bn (£960m) bonus.

Thousands left without Olympic entry as police smash agency selling black market tickets

Thousands of people across the world including in Britain may have been left without entry to the Olympics after police smashed an unauthorized agency sourcing black market tickets.

Websites and hotels accused of price fixing

Two leading online travel companies and the world's biggest hotel chain have been accused by a regulator of conspiring to fix hotel prices at the expense of British customers.

New for old: the relaunched Holiday Inn in Aberdeen

World’s biggest hotel chain InterContinental Hotel Group and leading travel websites Booking.com and Expedia accused of price-fixing

Two leading online travel companies and the world’s biggest hotel chain have been accused by a regulator of conspiring to fix hotel prices at the expense of British customers.

OFT looking at US Clinton swoop

United States greetings cards firm American Greetings' swoop for 397 shops owned by collapsed Clinton Cards has caught the attention of the UK's trading watchdog.

OFT launches current account review

The trading watchdog stepped up the pressure on banks today by launching a review into the personal current account market amid concerns over a lack of transparency and competition.

Five questions on: Debit card surcharges

What now, even more charges?

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

12 airlines agree to scrap surprise surcharges

Carriers to end last-minute fees by including debit card charges in headline price

Hunt claims BSkyB bid 'vindication'

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed today he had been vindicated over his handling of the BSkyB deal by the Leveson Inquiry.

Mercedes-Benz and its dealers 'may have fixed prices'

The UK consumer watchdog has said that Germany's Mercedes-Benz and five UK dealers of its trucks and vans may have broken competition law by co-operating illegally.

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