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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How do central bankers ward off economic collapse? What do US central bankers do during a financial crisis? On a typical day, central bankers in the US spend their time monitoring bank activity and trying to understand economic data, adjusting interest rates to assist …

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Sports Direct investors veto £11m payout to Ashley's brother

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley wanted the company to give his brother £11m Sports Direct shareholders have rejected a proposed £11m payment to the brother of its founder, Mike Ashley. The tycoon, who abstained from voting, wanted to give John Ashley the cash as …

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Cheesy idea

Image copyright The Great American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Image caption The Great American Grilled Cheese Kitchen serves 16 types of grilled cheese sandwich For some people cheese can seem as addictive as chocolate, especially when it’s melted. To meet these cravings for all things cheddar, brie and parmesan, a slew …

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When I'm 64

Image copyright Getty Images Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage. For the rest of your life, accommodation is effectively free. But this utopian …

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Plastic fantastic

Image copyright Getty Images The clue is in the name: credit. It means belief, trust. If you’re a shopkeeper, who do you trust to repay a debt? For most of history, only someone you knew personally, which was fine since most of the people you encountered would be from the …

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Healthy dragon

Image copyright Vitabiotics Image caption Tej Lalvani became chief executive of Vitabiotics in 2015 As one of the newest dragons to join reality TV show Dragons’ Den, Tej Lalvani has gained a reputation for being less of a fire-breather than his peers. But the entrepreneur is no pushover, having helped …

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UK wage growth continues to lag inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth fell behind inflation for a seventh month in a row, according to new employment figures. The Office for National Statistics said average weekly wages rose by 2.3% in the three months to October, below inflation at 3%. Real earnings, which take into account the …

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'Meghan Markle' and 'fidget spinners' top UK Google search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Meghan Markle” topped the list of search terms, following her engagement to Prince Harry “Meghan Markle”, fiancee to Prince Harry, has been revealed by Google as the top most searched term in the UK for 2017. It puts the royal bride-to-be ahead of “iPhone …

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Dixons Carphone profits fall on weak demand for mobiles

Image copyright Getty Images Profits at Dixons Carphone plunged by 60% in the first half as people shunned expensive mobile phones and held onto their old handsets for longer. The electricals retailer said like-for-like sales in mobile fell by 3% in the first six months of its financial year. Dixons …

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Ofwat pledges lower water bills England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Household water bills in England and Wales will fall by between £15 and £25 a year from 2020 to 2025, the regulator Ofwat has pledged. A forthcoming price review will give water companies less room to charge customers based on the costs of raising debt or …

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