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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.

Divi pledge puffs Imperial Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco shares rose 3 per cent yesterday despite the maker of JPS, Davidoff and Lambert & Butler cigarettes saying it expected only modest growth in earnings next year.

ENRC affair spurs aid for minority investors

Investors with minority holdings in London-listed companies have been empowered by a new set of rules from the City regulator.

Flybe chairman Jim French to stand down

Flybe boss Jim French, credited with turning the regional carrier into a major player in the European aviation market, is stepping down as chairman after more than 20 years with the company.

Michael Page shares slide with ‘difficult’ end to year expected

Shares in white collar recruiter Michael Page International fell 5% today after a slowdown in Australia and Europe forced it to downgrade expected operating profit for the year.

Andrea Sutcliffe: 'I think of it as the Mum test: is it good enough for my Mum? If not, we need to do something'

CQC chief: I’ll open up care home inspections to the public'

League tables also to be introduced as part of moves to overhaul the regulation of adult care

Margareta Pagano: Investment's the key victim of this bonus rampage

It's time for the 'bonus' to be returned to its Latin meaning of 'good' and not 'for the greedy few'

Surge in new homes but building sector slips back

A housebuilding surge failed to offset a summer blip for the wider building sector as industry output slipped back marginally.

Construction output suffers a fall despite homebuilding surge

The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

Construction output suffers a fall despite homebuilding surge

The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

WH Smith profits up despite falling sales

Sales at WH Smith fell for the sixth year in a row, but profits at the retailer rose 6 per cent as its new chief executive Steve Clarke continued the focus on cost-cutting established under his predecessor Kate Swann.

A Royal Mail employee steps out of a delivery van

Royal Mail flotation: Key questions as excitement builds over 'undervalued' shares

When is the earliest private investors can sell their shares?

Help to Buy making biggest impact on the under-30s

"The scheme will help to stimulate the UK housing market over the short term like a shot of adrenalin"

Five questions about: Royal Mail shares

When's the deadline to apply for shares?

Sterling is sliding on worries over US stand-off

Sterling slipped against the euro today as traders’ fears rose that the US political budget stand-off could take the steam out of the British economy's recovery.

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