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

CBI warns on service sector pay

SERVICE SECTOR pay is continuing to spiral upwards, according to the latest Confederation of British Industry survey out today.

Football: Smith toughens up over Wembley

Alan Hubbard says government action on stadium is imminent

Outlook: New economy rap

THE NEW economy has been pretty much everywhere, apart, that is, from in conventional, generally backward looking, economic statistics. Yesterday's Family Expenditure Survey, an annual snapshot of spending patterns by the Office for National Statistics, therefore gave a rare glimpse of the extent to which the phenomenon has impinged on everyday life in Britain.

Arts: Sets please, we're British

Set-designers are unsung heroes but at least the Linbury Prize helps those starting out.

Signs of inflation emerge in service sector as rate-setting meeting starts

SIGNS THAT costs and prices in the service sector are on the increase emerged yesterday as the Monetary Policy Committee started its two-day meeting. The MPC is widely expected to announce a quarter-point rise in interest rates at noon today.

School heads call for 12% pay rise

HEADTEACHERS demanded a 12 per cent pay rise yesterday to catch up with private-sector staff in similar jobs. The National Association of Head Teachers said national test results proved that they were succeeding, but warned morale would be damaged if pay fell further behind.

Roof falls in on jobless total

HARTLEPOOL DESERVES a break. Just when a few wise voices were predicting unemployment would dip below 10 per cent - still high enough to make any town flinch - the main JobCentre roof caved in.

Secretarial The Temp: Don't you get sniffy with me

ROB ALWAYS starts the day in a gloom and ends it on a high. I've noticed this about various people I've worked for, particularly in the financial, fashion and advertising industries, but increasingly, it seems to be creeping into the way that people in service industries - even accountants - deal with the day.

Shop prices hold down inflation

RECORD FALLS in consumer goods prices made up for rising services costs and held inflation at its lowest level for six years, according to figures published yesterday.
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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