Popularity of discount stores and food shops helps retail sales rebound

Official figures have shown a much larger than expected pick up in retail sales last month as a closely-watched measure of consumer confidence reaches its highest level in a year.

Microsoft's £56bn Activision Blizzard takeover moves closer as watchdog drops concerns

Britain's competition watchdog has provisionally dropped concerns that Microsoft's proposed takeover of Activision Blizzard would damage the UK console gaming market.

Surfdome owner Internet Fusion Group in race to find buyer

The company behind a group of well-known outdoor sports clothing brands is racing to find a buyer months after the collapse of a deal to reverse it into a London-listed cash shell.

European bank shares are being clobbered by a cocktail of unease

It is another "risk off" day in the jargon for stock markets in Europe.

Interest rates, F1 and Lloyd's of London

Ian King looks ahead to the prospect of another rise in interest rates.

Millions of mobile phone and internet users set to have to pay much higher bills this time next week

Millions of mobile phone and internet users are facing a price increase of 17.3% on their bills in just a week's time.

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