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Owen Paterson wants restrictions on GM crops relaxed

It's time for us to think about eating GM food

There appears to be growing consensus that GM is safe and the benefits huge

Balfour wins £56m Qatar engineering job

Balfour Beatty has snaffled a £56m highways contract in Qatar.

€1bn cashback on the Ryanair agenda

Ryanair has set out plans to return €1bn (£850m) to shareholders over the next two years, hours after confirming a massive order for planes worth almost €16bn at list price.

Underpaid and underworked: Real legacy of recession is falling wages and productivity

Workers settling for less just to stay in a job, survey claims

James Moore: Wage cuts have created vast pool of out-of-work, under-educated youths

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France faces deeper recession than we feared, warns IMF

France faces a deeper than expected recession this year and must overcome "critical obstacles" to improve competitiveness, the International Monetary Fund warned yesterday.

American researchers found that cigarette breaks, increased absenteeism and greater healthcare costs combined to the extra burden smokers place on employers

£4,000 a year: The cost to employers of smokers' cigarette breaks, illness cover and health care costs

Smokers cost £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers, a study has claimed.

Craig Alexander: NHS boss on £250,000 a year fired after colleague discovered he had been jailed for armed robbery

Craig Alexander lied to land a job as an NHS executive earning a quarter of a million a year

House of Fraser defies High Street gloom with record sales and profits

House of Fraser, the privately owned department store chain, showed today it is defying the gloom on the High Street with record levels of sales and profits.

Adam Grant: Givers and takers - who are the best performers in the workplace?

Midweek View: Successful givers do five-minute favours, looking for ways to offer high benefits to others at a low personal cost

Cement firms face action over 'failure to compete' on pricing

Britain's major cement firms were today facing "hard-hitting" action after a regulator accused them of failing to compete on pricing.

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