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 inflation shows dip in June

INFLATION in the booming service sector fell in June, according to figures published yesterday.

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Letter: Nanny's career path

Sir: I find it bizarre in this post-Marxist age that Deborah Orr finds the engagement of a nanny exploitative ("The parent trap", 16 June). The nanny in question received pounds 400 a week, before tax, and board and lodging. Most families engaging nannies also offer other "perks" - use of a car, washing machine, paid holidays and travel. Tax on the salary and on most of these benefits will have been paid by the much-maligned "superwoman" Nicola Horlick.

Tarmac spins off construction arm as Carillion

TARMAC, the construction and aggregates group, is to rename its construction arm Carillion when it reveals details of its demerger tomorrow.

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Service sector growth shows signs of fading

SERVICE SECTOR growth is set to fade, according to a "disappointing" survey of business activity that will ease the Bank of England's worries over domestic inflation, writes Philip Thornton.

Profits plunge points to dark times ahead

News analysis: Has the UK economy really managed to achieve a soft landing?

Banbury is UK's richest town

BANBURY IN Oxfordshire may have a reputation as an idyllic medieval market town, but it has benefited hugely from the presence of hi-tech businesses.

The Business World: You must worry if your customers don't complain

If a customer doesn't complain when something is wrong, it means they don't give a hoot whether the business succeeds or fails

Architecture: Let's not charge into the Bull Ring

The concrete eyesore at the heart of Birmingham is set to get a makeover. But will good design succumb to commercial pressures? By Chris Arnot

Law Report: No unauthorised deduction of wages

23 April 1999 New Century Cleaning Co v Church Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Beldam, Lord Justice Morritt and Lord Justice Sedley) 26 March 1999; Friday Law Report

Wage inflation dampens hopes of further rate cuts

HOPES OF further cuts in interest rates were dealt a blow yesterday after new official figures revealed an unexpected pick-up in UK wage inflation.

Queens Award: Service industries make their mark

THE INCREASING importance of service industries to the British economy is clearly demonstrated by this year's Queen's Awards for Export, Technological and Environmental Achievement.

Leading Article: Will anyone provide work for redundant Clyde shipbuilders?

TWO MERCHANT shipyards are to close on the Clyde - cue a bagpipe lament on the decline of the Scottish shipbuilding industry. But is there anything that can be done about the decision by Kvaerner, the Norwegian construction group, to sell its interest in Govan and Clydebank, other than hair-pulling and clothes-rending?
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