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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.

Anthony Hilton: Will Osborne use Royal Mail to put the stamp of success on his Budget?

Moya Greene runs one of our biggest businesses but has one of the lowest profiles

Doctor Who to mark half century with three-day event

Doctor Who is to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a three-day event expected to draw thousands of fans - and an array of stars and talent from the series.

Chancellor plays a losing game, but Ed’s dead right

George Osborne took a risk by cutting public spending - and he lost. Now he seems to have no idea how to respond, leaving all the cards in the hands of his opposite number

Bruce Reynolds, leader of the 'Great Train Robbery' gang, outside Linslade Court, Buckinghamshire in 1968

Man who planned Great Train Robbery Bruce Reynolds dies aged 81

Reynolds was part of the gang who carried out heist which netted them a staggering £2.6 million - around £40 million in 2012 money

Royal Mail narrowly misses target for First Class post

The Royal Mail dipped slightly below its target of delivering most first class letters on time at the end of last year, new figures have shown.

Posties could take delivery of Royal Mail shares in float

Royal Mail staff could end up owning a tenth of the group when it becomes the biggest privatisation since the 1980s, according to reports over the weekend.

9 May 2013 will see Royal Mail celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishing of the rules of Association Football, with the release of a set of stamps entitled ‘Football Heroes’. The launch also coincides with the 150th anniversary year of the Football Association and the 140th anniversary year of the Scottish Football Association.<br/>
The 11 1st Class stamps will feature individual footballers from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, all of whom were supremely gifted, talented players who stood out in their generation and beyond. The stamps have been illustrated by artist Andrew Kinsman, who took existing photography of all the players, then created a composite artwork, so when the 11 stamps are placed together, they form a traditional team shot.<br/>
The eleven players selected were chosen for their outstanding record on the pitch and representation of their home countries. All are in the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.

In pictures: Football heroes including Kevin Keegan, George Best and Bobby Charlton given the stamp of approval

Royal Mail issue commemorative stamps to mark anniversary

Royal Mail wins British Gas deal

Royal Mail has won back a contract to deliver statements to British Gas customers, which it lost to a rival in 2007.

More, deeper cuts ahead as economic woes mount

Cabinet ministers have been warned to prepare for further sweeping budget cuts extending to 2016 as new figures showed another leap in public sector borrowing.

Review: The Great Train Robbery, By Nick Russell-Pavier and Stewart Edwards

The night we all switched tracks

TNT-UPS merger collapses in boost for Royal Mail

Royal Mail received a much-needed boost today as United Parcel Services, the world’s largest deliverer of packages, dropped a €5.2 billion (£4.3 billion) takeover bid for Dutch rival TNT Express after it became clear that it would be blocked by European regulators.

A cuddly victory: Furbies push iPad down the Dear Santa list

A talking cuddly electronic pet is the toy most wanted by children this Christmas, judging by the letters posted to Santa Claus.

A Royal Mail worker handles mail at a sorting office

Postal workers could block half of Britain's mail as dispute over monopoly on home delivery escalates

Postal workers could block the delivery of half the nation’s mail in an escalating dispute over the first challenge to the Royal Mail’s historic monopoly on home delivery, union leaders are warning tonight.

A bulldog, under the Dangerous Dogs Act only pitt bull terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argetino and Fila Brasileiro are banned in the UK

Royal Mail: our bite will be worse than their bark

Owners of dogs that attack postal workers delivering mail could face much heavier punishments after a report called for tougher legislation.

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