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Pfizer in $100bn 'bid' for UK rival
US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has reportedly approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a $100bn (�73bn) takeover. A report said that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two, but that no talks were currently under way ...
AstraZeneca remains silent over threat of �60bn raid  The Times (subscription)
Report: Pfizer approached AstraZeneca about purchase  The News Journal
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CEBR raises forecast for UK growth
Consumer spending accounted for more than 80% of last year's growth. Photograph: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images. Britain's economy will grow by 3.1% this year after a turnaround in household fortunes, but trade and austerity challenges still lie ahead, ...
Economic recovery 'will give families an extra �600 a year': Report ...  Daily Mail
Growth prospects upgraded as wages outpace price rises  Scotsman
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Mulberry's Profit To Get A Handbagging
The company said pre-tax profit for the year ended March 31 is expected to be around �14m. The Somerset-based firm, famous for its high-end handbags, said new, lower-priced items would effect the results.
Mulberry Group Plc share price down, plans to launch �affordable� luxury ...  Binary Tribune
Mulberry to offer cheaper prices in attempt to win back customers  Daily Mail
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Queen's Awards: UK shows its strengths in trade and innovation
Exports may so far have been one of the disappointing elements in the UK's economic recovery, but this year's winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise demonstrate that plenty of companies can achieve the quality of services and products needed.
Queen's Awards celebrated by 10 Scottish businesses  BBC News
Five Westcountry firms celebrate Queen's Award success  Western Morning News
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Vince Cable plans public register of company owners
Companies will be forced to list their true owners on a public register in a bid to combat tax evasion and money-laundering, Vince Cable has said.
UK crackdown to force company owners into open  Financial Times
Firms face 'ownership register'
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British Gas denies whistleblower claims staff were told to target charities
British Gas has denied reports it paid staff bonuses to sign customers to the most expensive deals. A former employee told the Daily Mail bosses encouraged staff to target charities and small businesses and used promises of salary-tripling commissions if they ...
British Gas denies staff 'paid extra for inflating bills'  Channel 4 News
Ofgem to Investigate British Gas over Sales Staff Bonuses  International Business Times UK
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Bank staff failure on savings advice
BANK AND building society staff are giving �inexcusably� bad information about how much of their customers' money would be protected if the provider were to go bust, an investigation has found.
Current accounts � when managed carefully � could pay 3.38% interest  The Guardian
Banks and building societies give 'inexcusably' bad information on ...  This is Money
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IPPR proposes payday-loan levy to help fund affordable lending
IPPR says a �450m levy on payday loan companies could support more than one and a half million loans of up to �250. Photograph: Jonathan Nicholson/Demotix/Corbis.
Affordable lenders 'need �450m aid'  Hebdenbridge Today
Think tank proposes levy on payday industry to fund credit unions  Inside Housing
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Tesco to face further competition for market share
A new piece of research underlines the sheer scale of the challenge facing beleaguered Tesco boss Philip Clarke as he attempts to steer the retail giant back on track.
Tesco Profits Panic! Back to Back �5 Off �40 Shop Voucher Promotions  The Market Oracle
Stephen Jardine: Problems in bulk for supermarkets  Scotsman (blog)
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Whitehall protest against agricultural industrialisation by small farm lobby
Over 100 people set up a farmers' market stall outside of DEFRA offices today to protest against the marginalisation of small farms by Government policy.
Small scale farmers are feeding our future!  The Ecologist (blog)
Small-scale producers' group stages Defra protest  BBC News
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