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ITV buys stake in ‘Teen Wolf’ firm

Exclusive: PwC links to independent anti-reform lobbyist revealed

Connection exposed as competition regulators prepare to shake up the audit market

Wildflowers grow in the Olympic Park meadows

Olympics legacy: Green enough to deserve environmental gold, but why so quiet?

A neglected aspect of the Games’ success

D-Day for the Big Four: Competition Commission to smash the 'dominance' of KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and Deloitte

The Competition Commission will look to smash the perceived dominance of the Big Four accountants this week when it publishes a hard-hitting list of reforms of the market.

House prices to take eight more years to return to pre-recession levels

House prices could take until 2021 to return to their pre-recession peak in real terms despite a shot in the arm from the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, forecasters warn.

UK Coal deal saves jobs but hits miners' pensions

UK Coal has succumbed to a radical overhaul of its business that will save 2,000 jobs but will cut miners' pensions.

Barclays backs 'Big Four' against audit shake-up

Barclays has ridden to the rescue of the Big Four accountants as they face the threat of market-revolutionising reform from the Competition Commission.

Spending Review: Whoever wins 2015 general election faces more economic pain

Experts warn that all parties will make deeper cuts after election as the only way to tackle the deficit

Debenhams to post sales rise amid tough times

The department store chain Debenhams will this week warn that the fashion sector has endured tough early summer trading, although it is still expected to have grown sales.

Accountancy giants hit back over auditing 'dominance'

The Big Four accountants have heavily criticised the Competition Commission following the regulator's call for tough measures to open a market that sees KPMG, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young run the books of more than 95 per cent of the Ftse 350.

Pret owner sweet on picking up a stake in Hotel Chocolat

The private equity owner of Pret A Manger is eyeing a major investment in upmarket chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat, which is valued at more than £100 million.

Watchdog signals move to curb power of top firms

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which is the accountancy watchdog, could be asked to try to foster competition in the audit market. The Competition Commission signalled this yesterday in its initial findings of a market review earlier this year.

Retailers 'hit hardest by growing tax burden'

The tax burden faced by big retailers has soared by almost two-thirds since 2005, highlighting the uphill battle faced by chains to maintain profitability during the consumer downturn.

Data reveals top four auditors are improving

The proposed regulatory clampdown of the "big four" accountants' dominance over the listed audit market was undermined yesterday with findings that suggest a massive improvement in the quality of their work.

The BBC's Director-general, Tony Hall, says the corporation avoided “throwing good money after bad”
Bill Oddie is to question HSBC about connections to deforestation in Borneo

HSBC reviews logging policy as Bill Oddie film sparks petition

Bank launches audit as outcry grows over links to Malaysian logging companies

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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