Prime minister expected to announce she will stand down before next election if she wins

Prices excluding energy edge higher, adding to quandary facing Federal Reserve

Activist investor is seeking higher margins and better governance at French spirits group

Christian Sewing’s ‘new era’ hamstrung by repeated emergence of lender’s past problems

Trade war double whammy as soyabeans go unsold and tariffs push up cost of metal bins

Ill-fated acquisitions highlight failure of telecoms company moves into content

Investors get cold feet about Mohammed bin Salman’s futuristic city project

Terror probe launched after gun attack near city’s Christmas market

Company remains under firm control of chief executive accused of rape

Social Democrats try to distinguish party from CDU under new moderate leader

‘Cars for cheese’ agreement to create trade zone covering 630m people

Michael Kovrig detained in Beijing days after Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver

US News

US central bank still expected to lift its target range at its meeting next week

Tumult at television network left unaired in first meeting since abuse scandal

Telecom group will take further $2.1bn charge to cover cost of axing 10,000 jobs 

Former lawmakers from both parties warn country ‘entering a dangerous period’

Opinion

Highlights

Top law firms are on a hiring spree for specialists in fraud and regulatory cases

‘Death of value’ predictions were greatly exaggerated

Analysis Brexit

Daily Mail’s ‘about-turn on Brexit’ since editor’s retirement offers glimmer of hope for PM

The Art of Persuasion Sam Leith

Markets News

Result of leadership vote is expected at a time when trading in sterling is thinner

Pound rallies off 20-month low as PM Theresa May fights to retain Tory leadership

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Technology

Warburg Pincus' Bill Janeway discusses the dark side of the “three-player game”.

Ecommerce site valued at ‘more than $7bn’ after funding round led by Japanese group

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