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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

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.

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.

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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003