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Rents pledge focus for Labour launch

Labour would limit annual rent increases in the private sector to give a “fairer deal” to tenants, leader Ed Miliband says.

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Viacom to buy Channel 5 for £450m

US media group Viacom has agreed to buy the UK’s Channel 5 for £450m, it has been announced.

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Pound rises on UK factory surge

The pound hits its highest level against the dollar for nearly five years after a survey suggests that UK manufacturing grew much faster than expected in April.

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AUDIO: Lloyds’ progress ‘built on cost-cutting’

Banking expert Peter Hahn discusses Lloyds Banking Group’s report of a 22% rise in underlying first quarter pre-tax profit.

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AUDIO: Pfizer ‘trying to charm politicians’

Sue Noffke, UK Equities Fund Manager at Schroders, discusses the possible takeover of UK pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca by US drugs giant Pfizer.

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Indian mango ban comes into force

A ban on mangoes, aubergines and types of squashes coming into the UK from India is imposed as part of Europe-wide action.

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Why rivals are jealous of Pfizer’s AstraZeneca deal

As rivals assessed what Pfizer’s play for AstraZeneca could mean for the industry, one aspect touched nearly everyone: What it could mean for a U.S. tax loophole.

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Is this the most boring ad ever made?

Forget the Guinness horses or Budweiser’s frogs; Leica offers us – in their own words – “the most boring ad ever made.”

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Fat Face to float on stock exchange

Fashion chain Fat Face is to become the latest retailer to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange.

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Further fall in mortgage approvals

The number of mortgage approvals fell again in March – the second month in a row the total has declined – Bank of England figures show.