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  • The S&P 500 saw a record close for the third day in a row  AP Photo Richard Drew, File Third record close for S&P 500

    Even in a day-long sideways drift, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.

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  • HMRC has been granted leave to appeal in the latest round of the Rangers tax caseLeave to appeal in Rangers tax case

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been granted permission for another appeal against a ruling in the Rangers tax case.

  • Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million by the City regulatorFine for RBS over mortgage advice

    Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay a fine of £14.5 million after it failed to address serious failings in its advice to mortgage customers for nearly a year after being alerted by the City regulator.

  • First Direct has consistently topped MoneySavingExpert's consumer survey since it started in 2008First Direct tops customer poll

    First Direct has retained top spot in a customer satisfaction poll of current account providers while Barclays languishes in bottom place for the first time.

  • IMF chief Christine Lagarde is under official investigation for negligenceIMF chief faces negligence probe

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as finance minister.

  • Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer, it is reportedAldi and Lidl keep up the pressure

    Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer as the discounters kept up their pressure on the "big four" supermarkets.

  • Around seven million people have been eligible for payouts after being mis-sold CPP card or identity protection insurance productsDeadline looms for CPP cover claims

    People who were mis-sold a type of cover for bank and credit cards face a last-minute dash to return their claim forms now or else they will miss out on compensation.

  • Billionaire Warren Buffett has defended the relocation of Burger King to CanadaBuffett defends Burger King move

    American billionaire Warren Buffett has denied Burger King relocating its headquarters to Canada as part of its takeover of coffee chain Tim Hortons is motivated by lower taxes.

  • Co-operative Bank chief executive Niall Booker is one of a group of business leaders unconvinced by the indepencence campaignBusiness leaders backing No vote

    A group of 130 business leaders have insisted that the case for Scottish independence "has not been made".

  • Foxtons said the introduction of market affordability tests, enhanced lending rules by the Bank of England, and the prospect of an interest rate hike will slow the housing market in the rest of 2014Foxtons forecasts slower market

    Estate agent Foxtons boosted sales and profits in the first six months of the year, but warned that regulation will cool the housing market in the second half.

  • The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed just above 2,000 points, 16 years after finishing above 1,000 for the first timeS&P 500 closes above 2,000

    It was a big round-number day for the US stock market, with t he Standard & Poor's 500 index closing a hair above 2,000 points, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time.

  • The regulator is expected to fine the RBSRBS braced for regulator fine

    State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland is reported to be facing a multi-million pound fine from the City regulator for giving poor advice to mortgage customers.

  • The amount of money being put into cash Isas surged by £4.9 billion last month, the British Bankers' Association saidSuper Isa launch sees savings surge

    Consumers strongly ramped up their cash savings in July as the new "super Isa", which allows more money to be put away tax-free, was launched, banks have reported.

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New research has found that families are spending an average of £180 on back-to-school supplies for their kids. Does this tally with your experience?

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    15 %
    Yes, that sounds about right to me
    525 votes
  2.  
    20 %
    Yes, but I think school supplies are getting more expensive every year
    686 votes
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    28 %
    No, the cost of new uniforms, stationery and sports kit takes us well past the £200 mark
    986 votes
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    37 %
    No, I wouldn’t spend anything like that amount on the little horrors!
    1,308 votes

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