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Customers 'exploited' by phone, insurance and mortgage companies

Today

Companies across the cash savings, mortgages, household insurance, mobile phone and broadband markets 'exploit loyal customers, following a ‘super complaint’ by Citizens Advice.

Economy Energy customers still chasing refunds of up to £900 months after switching

Today

Former building society manager Maureen Stephenson, 71, had to battle with Economy Energy for 12 weeks to get her refund of £244 after switching to a new supplier in September.

House prices in major UK cities to slow in 2019 but London will fall

Today

Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Newcastle are the only major cities to have seen prices grow faster than they did in 2017, while the other 16 have all seen slower growth, said Hometrack.

British companies are 'watching in horror' over no deal threat, business groups warn 

Yesterday

Political leaders must unite to stop a disastrous break with the European Union, the five business organisations said in a rare joint statement setting out their concerns.

Fears of Brexit and Corbyn stalk the markets: Investors brace for yet another tumultuous year 

Yesterday

A Labour government was named as the top concern by 28 per cent of savers in a survey from online stockbroker AJ Bell. The only bigger threat was a no-deal Brexit.

ALEX BRUMMER: Labour's dark shadow

Yesterday

Political wrangling over Brexit is without doubt having a deleterious impact on confidence as the British Chambers of Commerce asserts in its latest survey.

Campaigners blast BT over 'long-winded' ramble on strategy to tackle fat-cat pay 

Yesterday

The telecoms group said it planned to overhaul its pay policies after a £2.3million package handed to outgoing boss Gavin Patterson (pictured) provoked an investor backlash.

US hits Barclays with a £12m fine over boss's crusade to unmask a whistleblower

Yesterday

The bank was hit with the penalty after a probe by the New York Department of Financial Services into Jes Staley’s campaign to uncover the author of poison pen letters about a senior employee.

DAILY BRIEFING: MP calls for Lloyd's boss Antonio Horta-Osorio to quit over Reading HBOS fraud

Yesterday

Antonio Horta-Osorio, boss of Lloyds, must resign over the bank fraud at the Reading branch of HBOS, Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake, chairman of the Parliamentary group on business banking said.

Booming Fortnum's is defying the High St gloom this Christmas

Yesterday

Fortnum's boss Ewan Venters orchestrates everything from the gold leaf eclairs to the £6,000 Imperial Christmas Hampers – 14 have been sold so far this year.

Property baron Nick Candy tipped to buy fallen tech star Blippar

Yesterday

Property baron Nick Candy, pictured with his wife, former Neighbours actress and pop singer Holly Valance, took a seat on Blippar's board in October.

MARKET REPORT: Top brass at Asos snap up almost £200,000 worth of bargain basement shares 

Yesterday

Chief executive Nick Beighton spent £99,700 buying 3,645 shares for £27.35 each. The 49-year-old owns around 0.2 per cent of the company.

Shell eyes up Texan oil producer target Endeavor Energy Resources for £6.3bn deal 

Yesterday

Talks are said to have been complicated by Endeavor founder Autry Stephens’s desire to retain rights to untapped oil that would entitle him to royalties when it is drilled, according to reports.

DIRECTOR'S DEALS: IWG chief exec Mark Dixon scoops up £6.1m worth of the firm's shares

Yesterday

Dixon, who founded IWG as Regus Group in 1989, bought the shares through his investment company Estorn Limited, which is registered in low-tax Cyprus.

Porsches puts the Boxster and Cayman on a New Year's diet with new Touring models

Yesterday

A Porsche representative said: 'Traditionally, T stands for Touring in the Porsche model lexicon, and is synonymous with driving dynamic performance.' Here's what you need to know.

ASK TONY:  TV licence bullies are still hounding me... even though I get a free one

Yesterday

In April, I started receiving letters from TV Licensing, saying my house does not have a licence. I replied each time, giving my licence number. I would never watch TV without one.

Beware the Santa clause: Why your pet insurer may not pay out if Fido falls ill

Yesterday

Owners have been warned to keep an eye on pets this Christmas. Experts say medical claims could be refused if insurers believe the owners have been negligent.

VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Stash away some cash just in case the card payment network goes down

Yesterday

When it is real money you’re handing over, it suddenly becomes far harder to part with. It’s why anyone who needs to budget is advised to cut up their cards and stick to cash.

Why you mustn't hide presents in sheds or garages

Yesterday

Admiral, Lloyds, RBS and Halifax, all offer single policies that do not cover theft from outbuildings, according to research by comparison site GoCompare.

The 25p per week bonus for turning 80? Readers bemoan pointless perk

Yesterday

The boost — worth £13 a year — has been frozen since it was introduced in 1971. Former police chief inspector Ian MacFarlane, 76, wants to see the payment given to those who need it most.