News John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

Television punditry has moved on, Hansen hasn't

Alan Hansen confirms plans to quit Match of the Day after 2014 World Cup

The pundit will leave the BBC after 22 years

Former BG Group boss Sir Frank Chapman

The richest pensioner on the FTSE 100: Former boss of BG Group, Sir Frank Chapman, has pot worth more £22m

Sir Frank Chapman, the former boss of oil and gas company BG Group, is revealed as the richest pensioner in the FTSE 100 with a pot worth more than £22m when he stepped down.

Ledley King

Harry Redknapp attempted to lure Ledley King out of retirement to play for QPR reveals former Tottenham defender

King retired from professional football last summer after a long battle with a knee injury

Berkeley investors urged to turn down chiefs' pay

Shareholders in housebuilder Berkeley have been urged to vote down its remuneration report ahead of the company's AGM on Monday.

Consumer rights: No dodging auto-enrolment in a workplace pension scheme

The idea is to encourage people to save something for retirement, but can you opt out?

Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in action against Team Luna Rossa Challeng

Finally, damage free racing: Emirates Team NZ take 4-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup eliminators

Hallelujah! A full two-race programme completed by both boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series for the America's Cup. Races four and five were free of either boat being damaged or the wind being too strong and Emirates Team New Zealand won both of them to go 4-1 up in the best of 13 series over the Prada-backed Italians in Luna Rossa.

Academics set to land a fifth of Nats

University academics are poised to own a fifth of Nats, Britain's air traffic controller, after their pension fund beat a German state agency to buy the stake, thought to be worth about £160m.

Construction work in Glastonbury, Somerset. Many cannot afford to buy in rural areas

Affordable homes to rent – not buy – will rebalance the property market

Locally generated building is good for everyone

Surge at Resolution as baby boomers near retirement

Britain's ageing population and changes to workplace pensions proved lucrative for Resolution during the first half of the year.

Bankruptcy administrators find $1m cheque in Detroit city hall drawer

Uncashed cheque discovered one month after it was received gives a glimpse into city's financial troubles

The great Gary Stevens is set to appear in the Shergar Cup at Ascot

Stevens to strike in Shergar Cup

While some purists remain reliably condescending, the Shergar Cup has earned a legitimate niche in the racing summer.

Under 30s fear being too ill to enjoy retirement

The UK's youngest generation of working adults face concerns over health and money in their old age, the latest figures suggest.

FCA probes UK annuity sales to ensure pensioners get fair deal

Britain's Financial Conduct Authority is considering action to ensure pensioners are not duped into buying annuities that give them a poor deal for their life savings by financial services firms.

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013

La Liga duo face loss of privileges

Elizabeth Tweddle

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