As Eurozone leaders meet in Brussels for a summit today we ask is it time for a radical new approach to solve the current crisis?
We look at details of a complex scam that's claimed a quarter of a million pounds from its victims already this year.
Could corporate Britain's billions of pounds worth of spare cash hold the key to recovery? We ask an expert...
And - is the trade union movement getting stronger? One of the UK's biggest trade unions kicks off its annual conference today looking to join forces with the biggest...
Shares in Asia have been recovering after global markets got the jitters yesterday. Was the slip a blip, or a warning we shouldn't ignore? As Nissan becomes the latest company to launch a major product recall, just how many people actually listen to advice and return faulty products? And there's no shortage of budding entrepreneurs across the UK - but are they holding themselves back?
As the International Monetary Fund calls on the Chancellor to ease up on austerity, should the UK consider slowing the pace of cuts? The government wants more nuclear power at less cost to the taxpayer. Can those two ambitions work together? And why this could be a bumper year for apples and pears.
What can be done to stop massive global tax evasion? EU leaders will try and thrash out the issues in Brussels later, but are they likely to make any progress? Why you might be getting a nice surprise, or a nasty shock from the taxman this week. And how important is Microsoft's latest games console?
Apple has been accused of being "among America's largest tax avoiders" by a Senate committee. It's annual results day for Britain's biggest clothes retailer: We ask if M&S can get some sparkle back in its stores and mark an end to disappointing sales figures. And we discuss how much closer Royal Mail is towards privatisation.
An independent Scotland could become vulnerable to a banking collapse similar to the ones seen in Iceland and Cyprus. That's the warning from the UK Treasury this morning as the Government publishes its latest analysis of what impact an independent Scotland may have. Inflation will stay around 2% for the foreseeable future according to the Ernst and Young ITEM Club. If it does, what will it mean for consumers? It's been 10 years since the first person in the UK used chip and pin, we take a look at who it's transformed our spending habits.
Google's tax affairs came in for criticism again yesterday after an appearance in front of parliament's Public Accounts Committee. Rent has gone up in every single region for the first time since 2011 according to one survey; we look at what impact the government's house buying schemes will have on the rental market. And as pop fans get ready for the Eurovision song contest tomorrow evening, we take a look at the latest news from the eurozone - with a musical twist.
BP wants Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene over the escalating cost of compensating US companies for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster in 2010. As unemployment rises and wage increases slow down, we ask if the economy is on the right track. And questions are raised over the benefits to the economy for the new high speed rail network. We take a look at the concerns.
As HSBC announces plans for more cost-cutting worldwide, we ask why such a profitable bank is axing staff. Have motorists and investors been ripped off by rigged oil prices? We have the latest on an investigation into alleged oil price manipulation. And we talk to an app developer about why he's made a programme for glasses - not phones.
The payday loans business says it's changing - and it's appointed a new man to keep it clean. We ask him what powers he'll have. Marks & Spencer will try to impress investors and style experts tonight at a key fashion show. Will the Chief Executive, Marc Bolland, convince the City M&S is on track? And we talk to motorsport and tech bosses about plans to copy the success of London's Silicon Roundabout.
Is the UK economy finally turning the corner? The CBI employers' group thinks we're moving from flat to growth. We get advice from Hong Kong and a UK manufacturer on the role exports can play. And do you bank with the Co-op? We take a look at the crowded intray of the Co-operative Group's new boss.
The Chancellor will warn finance ministers that a 'global recovery cannot be taken for granted' and 'needs to be nurtured' at a G7 meeting later today. Representatives from the G7 nations - the UK, the USA, Germany, Japan, Italy, France and Canada - are meeting this afternoon in Buckinghamshire for the start of a two day summit. The Japanese currency has dipped below the 100 yen mark against the US dollar for the first time since April 2009. The weak yen has helped to boost profits of the big Japanese car manufacturers.
Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from Manchester United yesterday and shares in the League Champions dropped almost 5% when trading opened in the United States. We assess the financial impact of Sir Alex's departure on one of the biggest brands in the world. BT unveils its sports TV package later. The company is to broadcast exclusive Premier League football and Premiership Rugby from next season. But can it compete with big players in the Pay TV market?
Later today is the State Opening of Parliament, when the Queen will outline the government’s plans for the forthcoming year. It’s been billed as an agenda that will benefit both businesses and consumers – we speak to both sides to find out more. Supermarket chain Sainsburys has been soaring financially compared to its rivals in recent years. Will their results, due this morning, deliver more of the same? And should stocks and shares ISA holders be able to invest in smaller, riskier firms? A government consultation into the issue closes today; we take a look at the pros and cons.
The Chancellor announced a National Insurance Holiday for small businesses in the 2010 budget, but figures out today suggest take up is at a new low. We find out what's gone wrong. Thousands of Post Office workers go on strike today for the fourth time in less than two months - is there an agreement in sight for this long-running dispute? And shop price inflation is at its lowest level for three and a half years, with clothes prices down 1% - we hear why.
Business rates based on pre-recession rent levels are holding back UK high streets, according to a report out today. We ask the report author what needs to change. Italy has a new government but what will the country's latest economic figures show? And the so-called flash crash in 2010 highlighted the potential problems of high frequency trading - are markets any safer three years on?
Is the UK economy turning the corner? We crunch the latest data and take a health check. State-owned Royal Bank of Scotland publishes its latest results this morning, and could return to profit. But would an early bank sell-off be wise? And who should own the rights to the fish in the sea? Why a High Court battle could have a major impact on Britain's small fishermen.
More than a million people with interest-only mortgages could be sleepwalking into a financial crunch. The European Central Bank is expected to cut interest rates, but will that kickstart growth? And Facebook has announced higher profits and revenues. Are the flattering figures more than skin deep?
It's International Labour Day. Demonstrations will be taking place across the globe to mark the occasion. It's traditionally a day when people stand up for their employee rights and celebrate workplace justice. We find out what's happening in the UK. Thousands of mortgage borrowers with Bank of Ireland and subsidiary Bristol and West will see the cost of their home loan nearly double from today.We find out why and whether there is anything customers can do about it.
Primark says it will pay compensation to victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse who worked for its supplier. What kind of corporate responsibility should companies have? Do consumers really care where there goods come from? The Civil Aviation Authority is making its announcement on landing charges and prices later. The body that regulates London's three main airports is expected to overhaul it's pricing structure later which could mean lower airfares for you and me. Plus, what can working Mum's expect to be paid when they're on maternity leave and what do employers have to do to make it all work? We take a look at the financial implications of having a baby.
From today, a limited number of benefits claimants will start receiving the Government's new Universal Credit. It's beginning in one area of Greater Manchester, with a planned national roll-out in October. Wake Up To Money looks at how it will work and what the changes mean to claimants. Banks have axed more than 44% of their advisers in response to new rules banning free financial advice. Does this mean consumers won't be able to get the financial advice they need? Plus, Italy gets a new Prime Minister while Greece prepares itself for 15,000 state job cuts, what next for the struggling countries of the Eurozone?
An influential group of MPs is worried about the 'cosy relationship' between accountants and law makers. We look at whether the country's big financial services firms are too close to the government. Baking and beauty will be where we put more of our money in the coming years according to a lifestyle report out today. But will consumers be willing to part with enough dough to keep our economy growing? And bees are dying out - we speak to an expert to find out why.
Official figures will reveal whether the UK economy has slipped into a triple-dip recession, but many economists forecast marginal growth. We'll take a look how important the figures are. Have you had a pay rise recently? A report says pay rises are still not keeping up with the rate of inflation, with basic rises around 2.5% in recent months.
Will an expansion of the Funding for Lending Scheme spark a rush of credit to small businesses or just end up boosting house prices? The economic squeeze and rising food prices have led to a rise in the number of people in food poverty, we hear from the country's largest operator of food banks. And how a bogus tweet about explosions at the White House sent the stockmarket into meltdown.
Today we'll find out the size of the government's overdraft as we preview the monthly borrowing figures. As independence campaigners say Scotland should continue using the pound sterling, we look at what this could mean for Scotland's autonomy and for the rest of the UK. And we speak to a business owner who actually has something good to say about the banks.
This is the week we'll find out whether Britain has entered its first ever triple dip recession - or not. With unemployment lower than a year ago, we ask a leading economist what's really happening out there in UK PLC. We speak to the boss of Pret A Manger and ask how he's cracked America. And would you buy an electric car? A report out this morning says the future is still petrol and diesel, and that the days of all-electric are still a very long way off.
Workers at hundreds of Post Offices are expected to walk out as part of a 12 hour strike. Unions are in an ongoing dispute with Post Office management over pay and reorganisation of branches. Should bankers work to an Independent Code of Conduct? Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association answers questions on morality and trust in the industry. Independent Record stores will be celebrated this weekend with events throughout the UK. We find out just why they are doing so well.
UK unemployment rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to February 2013. The figures come out at a time when one of the government's key job creation policies; the setting up of Enterprise Zones, is being criticised for not delivering. The Office of Fair Trading says it's investigating firms that offer to buy people's homes quickly at less than the market value. It's worried some homeowners risk losing large sums of money through the deals.
George Osborne is ‘playing with fire’ when it comes to our economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. Should he be looking to Plan B? With the funeral of Baroness Thatcher due to take place later today, we assess her economic legacy. Tesco’s full year results are due later today, and they aren’t expected to make easy reading. And we also take a look at how the business gossip columns work; does leaking a potential deal to the papers help get it done?
As the price of gold has seen its biggest fall for 30 years, we ask if this really means the boom in the price of gold is over. Crude oil has slipped below $100 per barrel - but will it get cheaper to fill up your petrol tank? And a survey of more than a hundred Chief Financial Officers from the UK's biggest companies shows that they are getting more confident about the business environment; so will we manage to avoid a triple-dip recession?
A cap on the amount of benefits a person can receive comes into force today; four London boroughs are the first to trial the new system with the rest of the country joining in September. We take a closer look at the changes. China's latest economic figures are out. And Ernst and Young are forecasting that any growth we might see in the UK this year is dependent on the property market. But is that the kind of growth we should be looking for?
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