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Ex-Carillion director viewed pension fund as 'waste of money'

Comment revealed in meeting minutes as MPs criticise Pensions Regulator and KPMG

UK economic growth slows to weakest rate in five years

G7 rivals outpace UK as consumers rein in spending amid Brexit-fuelled price inflation

The Brexit economy: things are starting to deteriorate

Cracks are starting to appear in UK economic resilience, with unemployment rising and growth slowing

Barclays reveals big gender pay gaps across UK banking group

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International division’s median hourly pay gap was 43.5% with 73% gap for bonuses, report says

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Centrica feels the heat but avoids cutting the dividend yet again

Nobody really knows what will happen to profits and cash flow at British Gas when the price cap on standard variable tariffs arrives. Photograph: PA. The Centrica chief executive, Iain Conn, avoided the indignity of cutting the dividend…

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Novartis bribery claims: Greek MPs vote to investigate top politicians

MPs to look into accusations 10 senior officials accepted bribes from Swiss pharmaceutical firm

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Heathrow boss hits back at airlines over expansion cost claims

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John Holland-Kaye says airport is not looking to protect the self-interest of British Airways

Manchester United end 13-year wait for official YouTube channel

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Lure of video-sharing site’s 1.3bn users finally has club ready to play catchup with football rivals

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KFC struggles to give chicken away as store supply crisis continues

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Several charities pour cold water on fast-food chain’s stated aim to donate surplus poultry

How has the Brexit vote affected the economy? February verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has on growth, prosperity and trade in the UK

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UK economy lags behind G7 rivals as growth revised down - business live

UK growth during 2017 has been revised down to 1.7%.

Dutch effort to charge tobacco firms with attempted murder fails

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Prosecutors refuse to open criminal investigation into firms as it ‘would not succeed’

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EU27 rule out UK's preferred approach to future trade deal

‘Three basket approach’ would breach agreement to prevent cherry-picking, says Brussels

Barclays reports £1.9bn loss amid Trump tax changes

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A £900m charge for US tax changes, litigation bills, cost of exiting Africa and Carillion collapse all blamed

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British Gas owner to cut 4,000 jobs blaming price cap and competition

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Centrica profit falls nearly 20% as it expands cost-cutting drive to save extra £500m a year

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Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

Resolution Foundation warns of rising inequality amid cuts to working-age benefits

MPs launch inquiry into digital currencies amid cybercrime fears

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Scrutiny is needed to examine risks for investors, says Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan

Why is no one exposing our failing firms in advance? | Prem Sikka

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As MPs hear evidence on the collapse of Carillion, it’s time for auditors to be held to account

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German court delays ruling on city bans for heavily polluting diesel cars

Federal court to announce next week whether Stuttgart and Düsseldorf can use vehicle bans to try to improve air quality

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Metro bank files first annual profit amid lending growth

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Metro Bank emerged out of the financial crisis to open its first branch in Holborn, central London, in 2010. Photograph: Laura Lean/PA. Metro Bank has reported its first annual profit, driven by a boom in residential mortgages and strong…

Wednesday, Feb 21

Carillion was in trouble by mid-2016, says whistleblower

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Former executive says directors were ‘placating the City’; nobody wanted to give ‘bad news’

Bank of England governor: Brexit vote has hurt real incomes - live updates

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Britain’s jobless rate has risen to 4.4%, the first rise since February 2016

Lloyds bumper profits deliver £1bn bonanza for shareholders

Bank hails ‘landmark year’ as it reports 24% rise in profits and return to strong capital position

'I don't use contactless': the woman whose name is on British banknotes

The Bank of England’s chief cashier, Victoria Cleland, on why people still like cash

Tuesday, Feb 20

FCA's chair-elect admits error of judgment over tax avoidance scheme

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Charles Randell tells MPs he repaid HMRC more than £100,000 after Ingenious investment

William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission

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Firm handed big fine over failure to spot problem gambling and prevent money laundering

Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff

Joint venture claims cheaper green power could save UK households £300 a year

We will prevent hostile takeover bids for UK firms – Jeremy Corbyn

A Labour government would seek to stop deals that threaten to ‘destroy our industrial base’

Monday, Feb 19

David Davis: Brexit will not plunge Britain into 'Mad Max dystopia'

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Secretary for exiting EU to say in speech that fears of a race to the bottom are unfounded

Meat supplier Russell Hume collapses with loss of up to 300 jobs

Administration comes weeks after firm halted production due to food standards scare

Stock markets steady as confidence returns; more Carillion jobs lost - business live

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All the day’s economic and financial news, as Asian markets bounce back from the recent selloff

Average price of newly marketed home rises above £300,000 again

Rightmove reports busiest ever month and optimistic pricing but property is taking longer to sell

Sunday, Feb 18

Philip Green considers selling Arcadia to Chinese textiles giant

Shandong Ruyi looks over books of retail group, thought likely to fetch half its £1bn valuation

Gambling tycoon builds $100m bitcoin-funded Antiguan resort

‘His excellency’ Calvin Ayre says project will be entirely funded from digital currency profits

Unbalanced Britain needs more devolution to manage Brexit

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With woeful productivity in parts, local authorities should decide how to spend the cash that replaces EU funds

RBS looks to be in the money – but looming fine may put paid to that

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RBS faces more questions about its GRG, accused of driving small business customers out of business after the crunch. Photograph: Toby Melville/REUTERS. This week should be a landmark for Royal Bank of Scotland. The publication of its…

Saturday, Feb 17

Apocalypse now for Britain’s retailers as low wages and the web cause ruin

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Big-name stores are teetering on the brink. Without radical action to bring back shoppers, UK high streets will be wrecked

UK savings rates rise, but still lose out to cost of living

We pick short-term accounts and Isas that sould give you a return nearer the inflation rate