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The US economy continued to grow in the final quarter of the year, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Shell's new boss warns on profits as Nigerian sabotage hits output

Cynical investors say alert is 'kitchen sink job' to make expectations easier to beat

Derek Pain: Heavyweights could benefit by attracting new investors

Should Whitbread indulge in a little cosmetic surgery – of the corporate variety? I ask this as the shares of the leisure group approach a new peak of 4,000p, and such a heavyweight figure is thought to be something of an impediment when it comes to attracting new investors.

China village builds £1.3 million 'money wall'

Cash windfall reportedly took villagers two days to distribute

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley swaps Debenhams share stake for options in 'baffling' move

Veteran City analyst described the complex transaction as 'baffling'

Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer fires number two Henrique de Castro

Decision comes just 15 months after she poached him from rival Google

James Moore: Activists are on the rise, so shareholders - wake up

Outlook Billionaire Thomas Sandell is making it quite clear that it will take more than a couple of paracetamol to handle the headache he is causing for FirstGroup.

Tom Sandell urges FirstGroup to reassess 'premature' break-up rejection

Billionaire activist investor Tom Sandell has accused the £1.7 billion transport group of a “premature” rejection of its break-up plans for the business.

Moss Bros hits eight-year high and hikes dividend after Christmas sales surge

Shares of Moss Bros soared to an eight-year high in London trading after the suit hire and retailer unexpectedly said it will boost its dividend.

Mike Ashley has mellowed in recent years, so his stake in Debenhams surprised the City

A penny for your thoughts, Mr Ashley?

The Sports Direct tycoon is well known for keeping rivals guessing. Simon Neville attempts to unravel his stakebuilding plan for Debenhams

Mike Ashley took control of Newcastle United in 2007

Sports Direct buys 4.6 percent stake in Debenhams

Mike Ashley has purchased 4.6 per cent of Debenhams' shares worth around £46 million

‘Shareholder Spring’ reawakened as Fidelity vows pay crackdown

easyJet, Imperial Tobacco and catering group Compass will be the first to test Fidelity's new approach

Shareholders now have more than advisory vote. Business Secretary Vince Cable has handed them binding votes on pay policy.

Farewell Fat Cat Wednesday, will you come along any sooner next year?

How can it be right that an executive can earn a seven figure bonus after a matter of months?

Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from 'stock picking robot' scam ordered to pay back over £100,000

Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from a ‘stock picking robot’ scam have been ordered to pay back over £100,000.

Pace of economic recovery slowed in December as growth in dominant services sector slipped to six-month low

Growth in the dominant services sector slipped to a six-month low as the pace of economic recovery slowed in December, amid predictions that it will ease off over the year to come.

Muslim mothers should be trained in computing ‘to help to spot radicalisation’

The mothers of Muslims should be trained in basic computing skills so they can spot online radicalisation of their children, a report says.

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