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Bitter cabinet battle over skilled-worker visa threshold in long-awaited white paper

Britain poised to drop to seventh in list of world’s largest economies

US president urges central bank to call off planned increase on Wednesday

Analysis Brexit

Commission seeks to avoid worst cliff edges but proposals fall short of Brexiter hopes

Social media and globalisation are turning private celebrations into aspirational events

Falling prices and rising costs mean finding efficiencies is key to riding out the storm

New research points to a ‘dysfunctional’ audit market

Swiss initiative has US approval and rivals EU plan to bypass sanctions

Report finds outdated working practices and ‘conservative’ office culture

Dismal performance casts shadow over efforts to prod people to shift savings into equities

Former banker will remain a board member and adviser to the blockchain start-up

Brexit

Uncertainty over the UK’s departure from the EU means a single forecast is impossible

Business groups ‘watching in horror’ as ministers ramp up planning for disorderly exit

Group that supplies robots to Jaguar Land Rover says manufacturing hit would be ‘sad’

UK News

Regulator estimates such tactics cost consumers £4bn per year

£183m not distributed to dead customers’ beneficiaries over 3 years

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Data point to improving living standards as wage growth ticks up

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Old, disabled and those in rural areas might be unable to access cheapest retailers

Opinion

Highlights

From Banksy to Martin Sorrell, here are your favourite stories from the year

Portuguese manager was a pioneer in his early years but was left trailing at Manchester United

By converting an old Quakers house, Habitat for Humanity is tackling homelessness in a wealthy town

Markets News

Italian bonds rally sharply on budget breakthrough hopes; China equities fall

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Uncertainty over the UK’s departure from the EU means a single forecast is impossible

US bank’s global head of forex prime brokerage is out after currency debacle

Technology

Move comes as revelations raise questions about how group safeguards user information

Former banker will remain a board member and adviser to the blockchain start-up

Group that supplies robots to Jaguar Land Rover says manufacturing hit would be ‘sad’

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