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Britain's budget gap narrowest since financial crisis
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's hefty budget deficit has fallen to its lowest since the financial crisis, official data showed on Wednesday, helping the government argue it is delivering on a key economic pledge a year before a national election.
UK borrowing falls sharply in March  
UK's Financial Health Improves as Deficit Falls Faster than Expected  
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Associated British Foods (ABF) is to bring its fast-growing retail business Primark to the US consumer, with a flagship store set to open in Boston by the end of 2015.
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There were further signs today that Britain is on the road to recovery as the country's budget deficit fell to its lowest level since the financial crisis, official figures showed.
One of Britain's oldest cake shops is to offer investors a slice of its equity as it becomes the latest retailer to float on the London Stock Exchange.
Eight new green power projects will push up families' bills, Energy Secretary Ed Davey admitted today. The Lib Dem minister said prices will rise by up to 2 per cent to pay for as much as �1billion in subsidies.

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