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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Slowdown in festive borrowing

Anxious consumers worried about their levels of borrowing decided against paying for Christmas on credit, according to a report looking into December spending.

Consumers put £32.2bn on plastic but spending slows

Consumers spent a record £32.2bn on credit and debit cards during December – but the rate at which spending is rising continues to slow.

James Daley: A little detail with big implications

No sooner had I finished writing about the bad practice amongst most of Britain's banks last week, than I came across yet another piece of trickery that I feel is worth sharing with you.

Rupert saw the light. Now 'The Guardian' seeks a cyber salvation

The newspaper is to put its stories online before they go into print. It's taken a long time, but Fleet Street's digital revolution is at last gathering pace

Racing: O'Brien aim is to make a man out of Washington

It seems obvious that Jeremy Noseda will add other Classics to the one he won at the Curragh on Saturday, so it must be hoped that he is not too affronted if his breakthrough is neglected. The fact is that Araafa does not have the slightest hope of wresting attention away from George Washington unless he beats him again at Royal Ascot next month.

Payment cards are first step towards making cash obsolete

If banks and major retailers have their way, notes and coins may soon be redundant, says David Prosser

Business Essentials: 'Staying in touch is costing us too much'

As a software company has expanded, so have its phone bills. Kate Hilpern reports

Crouch gives decisive twist to 'crazy' Saints soap opera

Southampton 2 - Portsmouth 1

Halifax unveils cashback card

Halifax, a unit of HBOS, has launched Britain's first-ever debit card that gives customers cash back on their purchases. The new account is intended to prise market share from the Big Four high street banks, and offers 1 per cent cashback on debit card purchases worth up to a total of £10,000 a year.

Business Essentials: Just deserts for fraudsters but will a restaurant be skewered?

The Brazz chain is unsure how best to prepare for the new Chip and PIN payment system, says Kate Hilpern

Buy foreign currency on a Visa debit card and your pockets will be travelling light

Convenience doesn't come cheap, says Sam Dunn, if first you have to fork out for commission and you're hit with a hidden charge

Clubs tap into the loyalty of their supporters

Is it a credit card? Is it a season ticket? And will this and other new commercial schemes bring fresh finances for football?

Swipe cards to introduce era of `smart' voting in Commons

UNDER PLANS being drawn up by the Government, MPs will use computerised smartcards to vote in the House of Commons. If the scheme gets the go- ahead next week, the centuries-old tradition of verbally registering "aye" or a "no" with the clerks will be abolished in favour of a much quicker system.

The Investment Column: De La Rue

DE LA Rue, the world's largest independent banknote printer, has found that there is now more money in money. A drastic re-organisation rescued the shares from below 150p last year to back above 300p today. New faces at the top; the forthcoming creation of a services division and widespread cost-cutting have all helped to restore some lustre to its performance. Yesterday, Ian Much, chief executive, promised better times ahead, after unveiling interim profits before tax and exceptionals of pounds 34.7m, up from pounds 19.3m. Should investors buy into the recovery?
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