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All-cash deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012

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Service-sector growth signals end to woe

The crucial UK services sector, which makes up 75 per cent of the economy, grew rapidly in July, according to the Office for National Statistics. Output rose 1.1 per cent in the month compared with a 1.5 per cent decline in June.

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Services sector boosts economy

The UK appears to have dodged another recession after stronger than expected growth in the powerhouse services sector in March, a survey claimed today.

A group of Polish Jews try to flee through the sewers

In Darkness, Agnieszka Holland, 143 mins (15)

In this Holocaust true story neither the heroism nor the humanity follow the Hollywood format

InterContinental Hotels group creating 3,000 UK jobs

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today hailed the creation of 3,000 new jobs in the UK by a major hotel group.

Hamish McRae: Shifting patterns in jobs leave us poised to greet recovery

Economic Life: It is even conceivable that there will be more people self-employed than in the public sector

Jobless total threatens to break three million mark

Further job losses across the UK are on the way, and the number of unemployed is expected to push close to three million by year's end, according to a new report.

Mr Briggs' Hat, By Kate Colquhoun

"A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder," declares the cover in the manner of a 19th-century penny dreadful. In fact, this book, stemming from the bludgeoning of respectable banker Thomas Briggs in a closed compartment on the evening of 9 July 1864, is anything but sensational. Kate Colquhoun's irreproachable unpicking of the case is meticulous, patient, thorough and measured. A real-life police procedural of the highest order, it provides a picture of Victorian society as vivid and detailed as WP Frith's painting of Paddington Station in 1862.

James Moore: Helping the wasted Neets should be urgent priority

Outlook It seems the Christmas spirit is strong in Wales and it has infected the Office for National Statistics, which provided a little present for everyone with yesterday's GDP revisions.

Dom Joly: It seems I come from the land of Chim Chim Cheree

I am happily ensconced on the sunny shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada, and enjoying the first holiday I've actually deserved in a very long time.

Osborne's watchdog sounds alarm on economy

UK unlikely to meet its growth targets, warns OBR chief

Services sector growth increasing

The UK economy received a welcome boost today as a key survey revealed the country's powerhouse services sector grew at its strongest rate in four months.

Co-op: Boom in the gloom

With operations spanning insurance to retail and with over 100,000 employees, The Co-operative Group has become a world leader. All About Brands’ Chairman Allan Biggar explains how its CSR positioning has given it unrivalled competitive advantage.
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