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City analysts have accused Orange and T-Mobile of “dithering” after they axed plans for a £10 billion flotation of EE.

Disaster liner was insured for €405m

Shareholders and insurers of the London Stock Exchange-listed cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation will today be counting the financial cost of the grounding of its Costa Concordia liner.

Network Rail board to discuss chairman shortlist

The shortlist for the next chairman of Network Rail has been drawn up.

Commuters are squeezed enough

Now Miliband supports the 'squeezed commuter'

Train companies should be banned from imposing huge increases to rail fares, Labour said last night as passengers were braced for price hikes of more than 10 per cent in some cases.

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.

Market Report: Indian headache forces Vodafone to miss party

While most of its fellow blue-chip stocks were enjoying a pre-Christmas bounce on very light volumes, Vodafone was missing the party. A ticking off from the Indian government meant the telecoms giant was in a sulk yesterday, only managing to edge up 0.5p to 173.55p.

Gas fines over leak delays

The energy regulator Ofgem has fined National Grid Gas and Northern Gas Networks £4.3m and £900,000 respectively, for failing to meet mandatory targets for dealing with their gas leaks on time last winter.

Gas firms fined £5.2m over leaks

Two major utility firms will be fined a combined £5.2 million for failing to attend potentially dangerous gas leaks on time, the energy watchdog said today.

Lack of competition on the buses

The bus industry is to face its most radical shake-up since privatisation 25 years ago, after the Competition Commission found deregulation had left passengers suffering from poor services and higher fares.

Rail costs shift to passengers with ticket price hike

Train companies were yesterday accused of attempting to "bury bad news" about fare increases of up to 8 per cent by announcing "only the barest details" just two weeks in advance and on the day Parliament was packing up for Christmas.

National Express on track as revenues rise

The boss of National Express today said the transport group had finished the year in "excellent shape" as it reported sales growth across all its divisions.

Is the music over for HMV?

Times are tough for the embattled entertainment retailer, with terrible half-year results raising concerns over its future. James Thompson reports

New Revenue blunder: bogus penalty notices

HM Revenue & Customs has already begun sending out penalty notices telling people they have been fined £100, despite the fact that online tax returns are not due until 31 January.

Blacks steps nearer brink as Ashley pulls offer

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has ended its pursuit of Blacks Leisure, cutting off one possible escape route for the beleaguered outdoor retailer to safeguard its future.

Grid loses US contract amid price row

National Grid has lost its $40m a year (£26m a year) contract to run the Long Island electricity system in New York state after 13 years, amid an investigation into overcharging for its American services.

Gas extraction probe urged over water pollution fears

Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, is demanding a full government investigation into controversial “fracking” technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks after a new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker