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

Goldman beats forecasts to roar back to profit –and big bonuses

Goldman Sachs smashed Wall Street forecasts with its third-quarter figures yesterday.

You're hired: The best bosses are good teachers

A good boss is a good teacher

What's the value of a good boss? When the boss is a CEO, that question has been scrutinized. But the role of less exalted front-line supervisors — the folks who directly oversee teams of workers — has been overlooked.

Money Insider: Co-op service move should be a blueprint for banking

The message that consumers are fed up to the back teeth with the tedious and relentless sales pressure they face every time they contact their bank may at long last be getting through.

HSBC to stop Islamic products in UK

HSBC Holdings is to scale back its global Islamic banking operations and stop offering products in the UK as part of a wider restructuring.

Richemont buys Swiss watch firm

The Swiss group behind the luxury brands Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC has snapped up a small watch parts maker.

Staff lateness 'costs the economy £9 billion every year'

Staff who arrive late at work are costing the economy £9 billion a year, a new survey suggests.

World Twenty20: Australia crush India by nine wickets

Shane Watson blitzed India with runs and wickets as Australia raced to a nine-wicket win to make a mockery of tonight's heavyweight ICC World Twenty20 clash at the Premadasa Stadium.

Cancer costs EU £99bn per year

Cancer costs European countries 124 billion euros (£99 billion) every year, according to the first estimate of the full economic burden of the disease in the EU.

GDP fall is less than feared

The UK economy shrank less than feared in the three months to the end of June, the Office of National Statistics has said. It contracted by only 0.4 per cent rather than the 0.5 per cent most recently forecast and the shock 0.7 per cent initially estimated.

Economic View: Scars inflicted by recession will not fade with growth

Whether you're an economic hawk or a dove, we can all agree on one thing: at some point growth will return and Europe's recession will be over. But what sort of growth will it be? The fear is it will be a distended, deformed growth. Much of Europe's economy – the UK included – has been starved, in a dark place, for several years – it will eventually emerge into the light but it won't be the same as before: the vigour will be missing.

Nick Clegg in employee ownership push

The Government announced moves today to promote employee ownership and make it easier for people to run their own business.

GMB seals staff deal with Asda

A ground-breaking deal covering the pay and conditions of thousands of workers at supermarket giant Asda was signed today.

Simon Kelner: Everyone knows England won't win, so we just might

At the end of this most English of celebrations, we now know what it feels to be French. The French calendar is stuffed full of bank holidays – among them, Ascension Day, Bastille Day and Assumption – and many of them, it seems to me, are rounded up into four-day breaks.

Ageing and obesity will lead to squeeze on services

Britain faces painful choices over the future of public services as an ageing population and a growing obesity epidemic threaten to push the nation's finances back into the red, a leading think-tank warned today.

Young, gifted and traded: Nick Powell (left) is on his way from Crewe to Manchester United; Luke Garbutt was nurtured at Leeds United but snapped up by Everton

The Last Word: Premier bullies devise youth system bound to end in tears

Children will be uprooted from family, friends and their communities

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