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Enough is enough: Masters loans need to change

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EasyJet soars as it benefits from business and pleasure

Budget airline courts business travellers with fast-track security

Tory Eurosceptics come out of the shadows in force to wrest EU debate away from David Cameron

Whether they win or lose tomorrow’s attempt at forcing the referendum on Europe into the heart of the Queen’s Speech, the Conservative dissidents who have engineered what one MP admitted was “constitutional symbolic chaos” believe they have already succeeded in wresting control of the EU debate away from David Cameron.

Satyajit Das: For growth to be sustainable, we must accept lower living standards

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HSBC profits to rise as costs cut

Rentokil ditches City Link ‘problem child’ for just £1

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Ben Chu: All hail the public sector

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The latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly

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Hermès bags a record profit

The maker of £10,000 Kelly and Birkin handbags has shrugged off fears of a slowdown in China by reporting record profit last year, driven by insatiable demand in Asia.

People who sleep the whole night through are more productive during the day, research found

Nighttime trips to the loo 'reduce productivity during the day'

People who get up during the night to relieve themselves are less productive during the day than those who sleep through, according to new research.

New Zealand police signing up to £90m Vodafone deal

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Yes, I can wear pants all day, but the novelty wears off – there’s work to be done

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Weak three months for services firms, says CBI

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