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Higher prices for parcels and loads of Christmas cards delivered helped Royal Mail boost revenues by 2 per cent in the past nine months, the recently privatised business reported today.

Web deliveries rise as mail sent by consumers falls

The amount of mail sent by consumers has more than halved in the past six years, but internet shopping has fuelled an increase in the number of packets and parcels being delivered, according to a new study.

Royal Mail delivery plan cleared

Regulators today gave the go-ahead for Royal Mail to press ahead with a scheme to deliver post to neighbours if people are not at home.

Royal Mail to honour Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey with new stamp

Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey's first class performance will be marked with the production of a stamp in her honour.

Postman jailed after hiding 75,000 letters in garden shed

Undelivered items were found after Royal Mail sent tracking device with shopping voucher

The borrowing figures are a further blow to the Chancellor George Osborne

Another disastrous month - and George Osborne is forced to cut deeper

Public sector finances suffered from a 20 per cent fall in corporation tax receipts from business while public spending rose by 5 per cent, fuelled by higher benefit payments

Paralympic Games British gold medal winners to be celebrated with first class stamps

British gold medal winners at the Paralympic Games will be celebrated with first class stamps and a post box painted gold in their home town after a U-turn by Royal Mail.

Team GB hockey star Georgie Twigg with the repainted postbox in Doddington, which had been bronze, right

Royal Mail: 'Please stop meddling with our postboxes'

A wave of vigilante postbox painting is sweeping the nation, it seems. After Royal Mail promised to paint a postbox gold in the home town of all Great Britain's Olympic gold-medal winners, overlooked locals have taken matters into their own hands.

Royal Mail in parcel deal with Chinese firm ZJS Express

The Royal Mail's European parcels business is launching a partnership with a Chinese firm.

Re-Cycle has shipped over 30,000 repaired old bikes

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Wiggo-worthy new bike? Ditch your old one here

One not really reported aspect of the post Tour de France/Olympics boom in bike purchases, estimated by one retailer to be as much as 18 per cent, is what happens to the bikes left behind.

5 August: a red post box being painted gold in Sheffield to honour Jessica Ennis and her gold medal heptathlon victory. It has now been vandalised

London 2012: Vandals daub graffiti on Jessica Ennis's golden post box in Sheffield

A vandal has attacked a postbox painted gold in Jessica Ennis's home city to celebrate her Olympic triumph.

A stamp issued to celebrate Jessica Ennis' gold medal win in the Women's Heptathlon

Paralympians miss out on honour of individual stamps

Champion Paralympians will not be featured on individual stamps as their Olympic counterparts have been, the British Paralympic Association has said.

GB’s Peter Chambers, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley compete in the lightweight four semis yesterday

Three Ulstermen on course to paint London town gold

There w ill be some strolling proudly along the banks of the River Bann today, wondering whether Team GB should sooner be calling themselves Team UK instead. Three sons of Ulster all remained on course for gold here yesterday, Richard and Peter Chambers helping the lightweight four into the final and Alan Campbell comfortably winning his quarter-final in single sculls.

Pay-out for ex-postal worker over race discrimination

A former postal worker has been awarded undisclosed compensation after an employment tribunal ruled he had faced discrimination.

Passion for accuracy: Laurence Dopson

Laurence Dopson: Medical writer, and obituarist for 'The Independent'

Laurence Dopson spent over 65 years in nursing and medical journalism, reporting and writing on the ever-changing medical world for The Independent, the BMA, The Lancet and Nursing Standard. He was also the first man to be a member of the editorial staff of a nursing journal in Britain, Nursing Times. He witnessed the end of the Poor Law era in 1948, and was still writing on the NHS well into his eighties.

Royal Mail urges dog owners to keep their animals under control

Dog owners have been urged to keep their animals under control during the school holidays to tackle the “unacceptably high” number of attacks on postal workers.

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