News Workers at mail-order company La Redoute protest in Lille against plans to sack 1,200 workers

3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Jim Armitage: MoD should beat a retreat on this sell off

Outlook The Ministry of Defence's privatisation of the Defence Equipment and Support organisation really should be stood at ease while the Government rethinks.

The hottest 5 per cent of summer days have become hotter since 1950 and thermometer readings in the south have risen far more than they have in the north

Another sign of the growing North-South divide, but this time it's climate change

Detailed study shows inconsistent impact of climate change on weather across Europe

SThree recruitment firm down but upbeat

A bounce-back in the London and New York banking sectors failed to stop profits sinking at recruitment specialist SThree.

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England

Bank of England holds interest rates at 0.5%

The Bank also held the scale of quantitative easing unchanged

Satyajit Das: Shinzo Abe’s ‘three arrows’ will fall short of the target once again

Economics View: Many ‘reforms’ are vague... the ideas are old and have been tried before, unsuccessfully

The argument for the costly project is that the West Coast main line is full; when it was built, it too was extremely unpopular

Inside Whitehall: The British first complain about big infrastructure projects, then come to revere them. HS2 will be no different

Yes, the new railway will go faster; but the reason to build it is not just speed – it is capacity

Ben Chu: Productivity plummeted in 2008 – and its fortunes are tied to our own

Economic View: Through education and developing new technologies, we have increased output

John Lewis staff react as bonuses of 17 per cent are announced

Drive profits by giving workers a cut, businesses told

Schemes, such as the one implemented by John Lewis, can also increase the bottom line, says IPPR study

Profit-sharing could be Miliband’s ‘right to buy’

Profit-sharing, and options like employee share ownership, incentivise staff to work towards raising company performance and rewards them when successful

MBA blog: Corporate entrepreneurship is needed

Stereotypically, big corporate organisations don’t  encourage entrepreneurism but this attitude is changing says Hemant Chandran

EADS changes name to Airbus in bid for Boeing competition

Airbus Group will combine its defence and space activities in one division with Airbus Military transporters

Shane Warne leads the Melbourne Stars on to the field during his Big Bash days

Michael Calvin: Is the Big Bash leaving a dent in Australian hopes of producing Test players?

Focus is increasingly on T20 slog-fest which is making money – but not quality cricketers

Jim Armitage: How to prevent private sector providers from bleeding us taxpayers dry

The John Lewis Partnership is as bourgeois as summer holidays in Provence

UK immigration queue for members of the EU

Migrants needed to pay for NHS spending or Britain will go broke, says OBR

Improve NHS efficiency drastically or face boom in national debt burden, Government forecaster warns

If politicians deserve a pay rise, why don't the rest of us?

As bosses' bonuses soar and MPs' salaries look set to rise, Ben Chu asks why everyone else still lives in wage-freeze Britain

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