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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.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 8 October 2013

Fast return expected from Royal Mail

Royal Mail’s privatisation has been long delayed but it is welcome nonetheless

Life can be full of ironies. To make sure of meeting Tuesday night’s deadline I wanted to post an application for shares late on Friday night. When I got to the local pillar box it was blocked up, with the (not entirely necessary) inscription “box closed” where the collection times should be. I did suffer a moment’s hesitation about investing in this business. Not for long though.

Fury over ‘rush to sell Royal Mail on the cheap’

Labour warns prime assets could be sold, leaving taxpayer short-changed

Five questions about: Royal Mail shares

When's the deadline to apply for shares?

Royal Mail sale set for resounding success as demand soars

The £3 billion privatisation of Royal Mail looks set for success next week as the banks leading the share offer today pushed the likely price towards the top of the original range.

The mystery of the 'horrid old crone': Pensioner left baffled after painting of 'evil looking' ugly woman is sent to him with no explanation

Keith Webb, 82, said the parcel was addressed to him at his home in Winchester, Hampshire and was a complete mystery

Sorry, ma'am, but Royal Mail sell-off means no more crowning glory

It could be a bad heir day for Royal Mail. The postal giant has admitted it may lose the right to use symbols of the monarchy including the E II R royal cypher on post boxes and the crown on stamps after its £3bn privatisation, while Prince Charles' image may never appear on future stamps.

Teachers stage one-day strike in defiance of Education Secretary

Thousands of schools close as staff members protest Michael Gove’s refusal to open dialogue on pay, pensions and workload

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Thousands of schoolchildren affected as teachers strike over pay

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Sean O'Grady: A tale of previous hits and misses – but I’m in for Royal Mail shares...

Once upon a time I was one of those people who refused to buy privatisation shares on the grounds that the Government (“wicked Tory” then as now being the usual adjectives attached to that phrase) was selling something that already belonged to me.

Risk report so thick it could destroy your coffee table

You know a flotation is not necessarily the safest investment when the investment prospectus could wedge a door open.

Stampede for shares as Royal Mail sale gets under way

City advisers behind Railtrack float to pocket millions, shares oversubscribed

George Osborne tonic as borrowing shrinks £1.3bn

The Chancellor, George Osborne, was handed more good news on the economy yesterday as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said borrowing could be as much as £13bn lower than the Government’s target this year.

George Osborne on course to massively undershoot £120 billion

George Osborne on course to undershoot £120 billion borrowing target by more than £10 billion

Chancellor George Osborne is on course to undershoot his £120 billion borrowing target by more than £10 billion this year as public finance figures showed Government departments getting a grip on spending last month.

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