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  1. March 31, 2014

    New competition watchdog to probe ecommerce market

    The UK’s new competition watchdog has pledged to scrutinise the ecommerce market, looking at areas where entrants may have...

  2. March 28, 2014

    A year of regulating more effectively

    It’s been a year since the much-derided Financial Services Authority morphed into the Financial Conduct Authority, with a...

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  1. March 27, 2014

    Energy industry probe to test competition regulator’s powers

    The investigation of the UK energy market will be the first big test of the powers of the Competition & Markets Authority,...

  2. March 23, 2014

    UK energy industry seeks to head off competition inquiry

    The energy industry will try to head off a competition inquiry on Monday saying there are more operators in the market than...

  3. March 21, 2014

    Banks to pay back £149m

    Banks and building societies have agreed to pay back £149m in interest to credit card and loan customers who were not...

  4. March 21, 2014

    UK carpet and furniture retailers shake up prices after OFT probe

    Carpetright and five other furniture and carpet retailers have changed their pricing practices following a regulatory...

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    March 12, 2014

    Revisiting the estate agents, a tax on all your houses

    The Office of Fair Trading is still considering the results of its consultation on the UK lettings market, and the results...

  6. March 11, 2014

    OFT says banks are hindering small company access to finance

    High street banks may be hindering small and medium enterprises from gaining access to finance from alternative providers...

  7. February 28, 2014

    Big six energy companies told to hand back customers’ cash

    The UK’s big six energy suppliers have to been told to redouble their efforts to hand back more than £400m owed to domestic...

  8. February 18, 2014

    OFT attacks university sanctions over small student debts

    Universities that prevent students from graduating until they pay debts such as library fines or accommodation fees could be...

  9. February 12, 2014

    Scotch whisky Whyte & Mackay put up for sale at expected £450m

    The sales process for Whyte & Mackay, the Scotch whisky blend that Diageo has offered to sell for UK competition reasons,...

  10. February 4, 2014

    Retailers review Scottish pricing ahead of independence vote

    When supermarket bosses last year warned of rising prices in Scotland in the event of a “yes” vote in this year’s...

  11. January 27, 2014

    UK watchdog pursues price-fixing charges over steel tanks

    The UK’s antitrust watchdog has charged a man with price-fixing in the first criminal charges of their kind in four years....

  12. January 27, 2014

    Warning over regulator’s hospital sale ruling

    Private hospitals have warned David Cameron that foreign investors could be deterred from coming to Britain in the wake of a...

  13. January 21, 2014

    UK pensions minister Steve Webb stands firm on charges cap

    The government has said it remains committed to ensuring workplace pension savers get value for money after reports that it...

  14. January 15, 2014

    Mark Carney deals blow to Labour bank review plan

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday he opposed both the idea of a “crude bonus cap” and of reducing...

  15. December 26, 2013

    UK banks required to share data on small businesses

    Banks will have to share information about the creditworthiness of the small businesses they lend to, under proposals aiming...

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    December 13, 2013

    Double Foxtons

    How many estate agents can the capital handle? We wonder because it turns out that Foxton’s plans to double in size, again,...

  17. December 13, 2013

    Office of Fair Trading closes investigation into DFS discounts

    The Office of Fair Trading has closed its investigation into the pricing practices of DFS. DFS was one of six furniture...

  18. December 12, 2013

    Cynicism is the best defence against banks’ mis-selling

    “The management has hard-working and persuasive salesmen out, digging into new territory all over. They call on people and...

  19. November 25, 2013

    Diageo offers to sell Whyte & Mackay whisky brand

    Diageo, the world’s largest spirits producer by sales, has offered to sell whisky brand Whyte & Mackay to allay competition...

  20. November 22, 2013

    Would a pension fee cap be good for workplace savers?

    Millions of workers saving for their retirement in company pensions will be protected from high charges eroding the value of...

  21. November 18, 2013

    Capping pension fees will raise pension costs

    Parliament’s repeated outpourings on pensions are a reminder of how even the best of intentions can produce disappointing...

  22. November 15, 2013

    Pensions regulator warns of ‘race to bottom’ over charges cap

    The Pensions Regulator has expressed deep reservations about plans to cap charges related to workplace pensions, saying it...

  23. November 10, 2013

    Extra charges hit UK retirement pot

    Pension charges have been likened to an iceberg with a huge number of fees lurking beneath the surface out of view from...

  24. November 5, 2013

    Wonga co-founder quits

    Wonga came under siege on Tuesday as the company faced a barrage of criticism from MPs and upheaval in its boardroom less...

  25. October 16, 2013

    Prospect of more UK hospital mergers

    More hospital mergers are in prospect after an announcement on Thursday that will reduce the chance of lengthy referrals to...

  26. October 15, 2013

    OFT to scrutinise government IT contracts

    The role of big companies in providing technology to the government is to be examined by The Office of Fair Trading to...

  27. October 4, 2013

    Navigating the pensions maze

    Less than a generation ago, millions of workers began saving for their retirement in company pensions which, as long as...

  28. October 3, 2013

    The globalisation of investment has diminished GDRs

    A Russian credit card provider founded by an entrepreneur who loves cycling and admits “I don’t know how to manage a company...

  29. October 3, 2013

    Payday lenders: Key aspects of FCA proposals

    The Financial Conduct Authority wants to make sure that borrowers using payday lenders only take out short-term, high-cost...

  30. October 3, 2013

    Payday lenders face fresh curbs as regulator clamps down

    Plans to stop payday lenders taking money from customer bank accounts and rolling over unpaid debts could reduce short-term,...

  31. October 1, 2013

    Watchdog unifying OFT with Competition Commission launched

    The culmination of the UK’s biggest overhaul of competition regulation for decades took place on Tuesday as the Competition...

  32. September 26, 2013

    Video games developers warned over ‘unfair practices’

    A UK regulatory investigation into “free” video games that encourage young players to spend money on virtual goods has found...

  33. September 24, 2013

    UK watchdog targets mobility scooter maker and retailers

    Pride Mobility Products, a manufacturer of mobility scooters, and eight online retailers of their products have been accused...

  34. September 23, 2013

    Labour attacks Association of British Insurers over pension costs

    Pension companies are ripping off savers and blocking reforms to let people see how much they charge, according to Labour’s...

  35. September 20, 2013

    OFT stops short of a fees cap

    The Office of Fair Trading this week recommended a number of reforms to ensure workplace pensions savers get better value...

  36. September 20, 2013

    High street retailers hit by claims of sports bra price-fixing

    The price of sports bras has been pushed up by collusion between some of Britain’s largest department stores and a leading...

  37. September 19, 2013

    Watchdog overruled after rejecting cap on pension fees

    Steve Webb, pensions minister, has insisted on pushing ahead with a consultation on capping workplace pensions charges even...

  38. September 19, 2013

    Watchdog proposes workplace pension shake-up

    The Office of Fair Trading has agreed a range of reforms to the £275bn workplace pension market after a UK-wide study found...

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