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  • Shadow chancellor Ed Balls says a rumoured 'death tax' is not on Labour's agendaBalls: 'Death tax' not on agenda

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has firmly denied Conservative claims that Labour is planning a "death tax" to pay for care of the elderly or a penny on national insurance for the NHS if it wins power.

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  • A Barclays life insurance product has become the first financial product to be awarded a kitemark for "doing what it says on the tin"Kitemark for simple finance product

    A life insurance product has become the first financial product to be awarded a kitemark for "doing what it says on the tin" as part of a new initiative to make it easier for consumers to shop around for deals with no unexpected catches.

  • Microsoft is suing Samsung over royalties for patents behind the Android systemMicrosoft/Samsung in royalties row

    Microsoft is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying royalties to the software giant for patents behind the Android operating system.

  • Greece's credit rating has been upgraded by international agency Moody'sAgency raises Greece credit rating

    Moody's ratings agency has upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.

  • US stocks have suffered as investors seek safer places for their moneyUS stocks end worst week since 2012

    The US stock market has closed out its worst week in two years.

  • The FTSE fell sharply as a series of political and economic crises around the world sent global markets running for coverMarket drops over global crises

    Britain's leading share index fell sharply today as a series of political and economic crises around the world sent global markets running for cover.

  • Manufacturing orders are still increasing - although at a slower rateManufacturing recovery pace slows

    The impressive recovery by Britain's manufacturers slowed last month as new figures pointed to the sector's weakest performance in a year.

  • BA planes at Heathrow Airport as parent company IAG said its carriers had enjoyed their best quarter since the financial crisisBA owner IAG hails 'solid progress'

    British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) said its carriers had beaten a stay-at-home World Cup effect to enjoy their best quarter since the financial crisis.

  • RBS said a Yes vote in Scotland's independence referendum will have a "material adverse effect" on its businessRBS reiterates independence warning

    Royal Bank of Scotland has repeated its warning of a "material adverse effect" on its business if Scots vote in favour of independence next month.

  • Staff who joined the plan saved between £5 and £225 every monthBT staff set for shares payout

    Almost 23,000 BT staff were today set to cash in on shares worth £1.1 billion after a five-year share ownership scheme paid out an average of nearly £42,000 each.

  • The Co-operative Bank saw a net loss of around 15,000 customers in the final quarter of last yearCo-op big loser in accounts tussle

    The Co-operative Bank is among the biggest "losers" so far in the battle to win new customers who are using a current account switching service while Santander, Halifax and Nationwide have seen strong gains, new figures reveal.

  • The World Cup boosted bookmaker William Hill with punters betting £227 million on the tournamentWorld Cup winner for William Hill

    Bookmaker William Hill enjoyed a World Cup boost with betting 80% up on the last tournament in 2010 on a like-for-like basis.

  • Broadband users are being charged huge cancellation fees when they try to switch provider, Citizens Advice saysBroadband customers 'held captive'

    Broadband customers are being "punished" with average cancellation fees of £190 to escape unsuitable or sub-standard contracts, a consumer group has claimed.

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