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'Water firm took £1,500 from me – but won't give it back'

Castle Water blames Thames Water and has held up my money for more than six months

Selling your home by raffle could be a gamble

It may seem like a lucrative way to beat the market, but you could end up out of pocket

Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?

Passenger groups and unions have been critical of changes they say could mean working lives are severely impacted

FTSE 100 at record high after trade war truce, but pound hits 2018 low - business live

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UK stock market hits new peak after US Treasury secretary Mnuchin says the trade war with China is ‘on hold’

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House price inflation in parts of Wales hits 10%, while London falls

As buyers rush to beat the new stamp duty rates, property prices in Monmouthshire leap 11.3% in a year


Brexit blamed for dramatic fall in UK business registrations

Collapse is mirrored by tumble in direct foreign investment into Britain of 90%


Russian 'dirty money' is damaging UK security, MPs say

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Government must stop money laundering by ‘kleptocrats and rights abusers’, which is helping Putin subvert international rules

Breaking Bad to the Paradise Papers: all you need to know about money laundering

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The art of hiding money from the taxman is under threat from laws demanding greater transparency


New Starbucks policy allows nonpaying guests to sit in cafes and use restrooms

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Move comes after company was accused of bias when two black men were arrested for sitting without ordering anything


Outcry over mass train cancellations as new Thameslink timetable begins

London passengers find many of the promised new services not running

Power station boss warns against reliance on electricity imports

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Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, says interconnectors are threat to energy security


Marks & Spencer to reveal dozens of store closures

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Staff braced for announcement as retailer’s restructuring plan gathers pace

US and China put trade war 'on hold'

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Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury secretary, says negotiations over tariffs with China have borne fruit


TSB customers still unable to access accounts four weeks after 'glitch'

Analysts say the chaos cause by an IT upgrade will cost the bank £56m in the first year


Shell faces shareholder challenge over climate change approach

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Investors back resolution calling on oil giant to set tougher carbon targets in line with Paris climate deal


Italy’s policies make sense, it’s eurozone rules that are absurd


Tax and spending plans will cost around €60bn a year, or 3.5% of Italy’s GDP

Sunday, May 20

BP boss's pay may be excessive – but protests won't threaten him


Energy executives prepare to face annual protest over pay, but system is stacked in their favour

China and US reach 'consensus' on reducing trade gap

China commits to ‘significantly increase purchases’ of US products but no mention of $200bn cut to its trade surplus

Saturday, May 19

Should Africa let Silicon Valley in?


Some believe that big tech offers developing economies a global platform. But others say ceding control of data and markets to the west could cripple societies

Off the rails: Train timetable shake-up sparks anger among passengers

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Sunday sees the biggest ever change to UK train times – many users claim there will be fewer stops and much longer journeys

‘Foxtons charged us £4,000 to find totally unsuitable tenants’

Landlord Anne Day accuses the lettings agency of failing to carry out basic checks on the people who rented her £400,00 flat

Want your mortgage to extend up to age 99? Now it can

Aldermore bank is the latest lender to give older borrowers the chance to take out a home loan or remortgage in later life

Friday, May 18

AstraZeneca rocked by shareholder revolt over executive pay


More than 37% of shareholders vote against or abstain on vote including £9.4m pay package for pharmaceutical firm’s boss

NHS privately planning to develop Royal Free nurses' home into luxury flats

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‘One Hyde Park-style’ apartments to replace housing for London staff, selling for up to £10m each

Trade war fears push oil back below $80 - business live


All the day’s economic and financial news, as oil dips back below $80

Princes sets 50% recycling target for plastic bottles

Major UK producer of plastic bottles for drinks and oils is aiming to hit new target within four months

Thursday, May 17

FTSE 100 soars to record closing high, with oil firms among strongest risers


Britain’s main share index climbs 0.7% to clock off at 7,787.97 points

Financial giant's £50m 'Girl Fund' to back firms with good gender balance

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Legal & General fund is UK’s first to prioritise investing in companies where women are well represented

Mothercare to close 50 outlets and reinstate ousted CEO

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Maternity retailer brings back Mark Newton-Jones, who was sacked in April, as part of rescue plan

Maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals cut to £2

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Ministers ignore pleas from bookmakers and decide to reduce stake from £100

Wednesday, May 16

TUC, CBI and MPs blast Bank of England over 'menopausal' economy comments - business live

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Italy could cast a dark cloud over markets, says Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG: Italy should give investors pause for breath, although at present it is not quite having any real impact, since the likely coalition government…

State takes back control of east coast mainline

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Rail service to be renationalised temporarily after Virgin and Stagecoach could not meet payments

Deputy Bank governor apologises for 'menopausal economy' comment

Ben Broadbent said the UK economy was enduring a slump in productivity similar to late Victorian era

'Recklessness, hubris and greed' – Carillion slammed by MPs

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Select committees accuse directors of putting their own rewards ahead of all other concerns