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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 Business Matrix: Monday 16 September 2013

Fashion Week star Kane's shop slot

Business week in review

In profit...

Five questions about: Royal Mail share sale

So the Goverment's flogging another of our crown jewels?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A stamp of approval from the silver-tongued salesman

If Michael Fallon were selling cars instead of the Royal Mail, he would be less Arthur Daley than Jack Barclay, the silver-tongued ex-airman whose Berkeley Square dealership is still the go-to showroom for Bentleys. Today, he purred reassurances. For the customers: a legally enshrined Universal Service Obligation guaranteeing a six-day-a-week service everywhere in the country and a bright future for the still publicly owned Post Offices.

Royal Mail sell-off to begin within weeks - but so will strikes

The Government came under fresh attack over its controversial plans for the Royal Mail as Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed it will press ahead with privatising the service.

TUC conference: Unions back battle to save Royal Mail

TUC gives support to unions trying to save the Royal Mail from privatisation

Bob Crow: 'The surge in planned industrial actions across sectors, including fire, post, transport and education gives us the ideal foundation which to make good the trade union movement’s commitment to co-ordinated and generalised strike action'

TUC conference: Delegates call for co-ordinated industrial action over pay and zero hour contracts

Pressure is building for co-ordinated industrial action on pay, jobs and conditions as workers are caught in the “eye of a storm”, the TUC conference in Bournemouth was told on Sunday.

Foxtons set to double in size as it pushes to raise £55 million

London's most aggressive estate agent Foxtons today said it would double in size over the next five years as it announced plans to raise £55 million next month.

Deliveries hit their targets as Royal Mail strives to impress

There was good news for the Government today ahead of its planned £3bn privatisation of Royal Mail this autumn, as the postal operator’s latest service report reveals it hit its delivery targets.

Big hitters wade in for next wave of flotations

Bankers are set to soak up the sun in the Square Mile this summer, writes Jamie Dunkley
The lab-grown meat burger is made from Cultured Beef

This week's big questions: Is the economy on the mend? Would you eat a lab-burger?

This week's questions are answered by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson

Pensioner held hostage in house for four days because of terrifying seagulls

A pensioner became a prisoner in her own home for four days following a terrifying spate of seagull attacks.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 8 August 2013

Gatsby boosts Warner Bros

Royal Mail chief Moya Greene was given £250,000 of public money to buy UK home

Royal Mail chief Moya Greene was given £250,000 of public money to buy UK home

She has now returned £120,000, the amount she received after tax

Postal workers to ballot for strike

The Government faces a major challenge to its controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail after postal workers’ leaders decided to go ahead with a national strike ballot.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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