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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.

Partnership Assurance could face enforcement action from Financial Conduct Authority

Recently floated pension provider could face enforcement action from the industry regulator after it today admitted it is under investigation over commission payments to advisers.

Asos 'can maintain double-digit growth for years'

The boss of online fashion retailer Asos today said the business can keep hitting double-digit growth for several more years.

James Moore: Commission drops the ball on auditor rotation

Outlook One aspect where lots of companies could do with improving their housekeeping is in the rotation of auditors.

'I ate some corn. It rained and I drank some rain, but not much': Chinese woman found alive after 16 days in well

A woman stranded for 16 days in an abandoned well in central China said today that she shouted for help every day and began to lose hope, but that she managed to survive on raw corn and rainwater.

Bullish of England Bank sends pound skywards after growth upgrade

Bank of England rate-setters sent the pound surging today as they struck a bullish note on the recovery and hiked growth forecasts.

Roberto Martinez: Manager says in Spain teenagers improve by playing in ‘real’ games with men

Premier League makes first move to help FA improve English talent

Development follows Greg Dyke's speech on the national team

Why Matt Lucas is laughing all the way to the bank

The "Little Britain" comic Matt Lucas has become the latest TV star to make a fortune by selling a major stake in his production firm.

Jamie Spencer rides The Lark to victory on a day marred by Hayley Turner’s fall

Lark ascent marred by Hayley Turner's fall

The second day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster was marred when jockey Hayley Turner suffered an horrific fall in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.

Investment View: You should go for a firm that has its head in the cloud

This company is a crucial cog in the digital economy’s wheels and benefits from the growth of outsourcing too

Glencore digs itself deeper in at Lonmin

The coal miner-to-wheat trading giant Glencore Xstrata moved to take greater control of Lonmin yesterday, as the beleaguered platinum group continues to struggle with trade unions in South Africa.

Who is the typical first time buyer?

There were 26,100 first-time buyer sales in July, 8,100 more than a year ago

Trainer John Gosden is deciding where to run Kingman next

Dawn Approach recovers from illness in time for QEII Stakes

Dawn Approach is fully recovered from last month’s setback and on course for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, his trainer Jim Bolger said on Sunday.

Mark Dampier: Europe prospects up despite pressure

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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