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Hays manages to keep fees stable as it battles an industry downturn 

Today

Chief executive Alistair Cox said a global portfolio kept its head above water, with record fees in the US -up 12 per cent - and China - up 7 per cent - despite a trade war between the two.

Banks told to stop betting on sterling as Brexit talks trigger wild swings

Today

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the pound could soar or plunge depending on the outcome of talks between the UK and EU. He said banks had been ordered to stay 'neutral'.

Big Four lose out to Aldi and Lidl: Market share hits 15-year low

Today

Tesco, Sainbury's, Asda and Morrisons now hold just 62.7 per cent of the market. Tesco was last week rocked by the news its chief exec Dave Lewis (pictured) will step down next year.

MARKET REPORT: Fresh hopes of a Brexit deal fuel Boris bounce

Today

Yesterday, shares were rebounding again after reports that the Prime Minister was finally 'closing in' on a deal. Banking, housing and utility stocks gained an instant lift.

Global growth 'slowest since financial crisis', the IMF warns

Today

At the core of the slowdown is the US-China trade dispute, with the IMF's top economist, Gita Gopinath (pictured), warning that increased tariffs would dent global growth.

ALEX BRUMMER: IMF spreads the gloom over global economics

Today

The IMF's new top economist, Gita Gopinath, is not happy about the global economy which is at its weakest in 2019 since the financial crisis and not forecast to do much better next year.

Red faces at Hargreaves Lansdown following Woodford empire collapse

Today

The fund supermarket was one of the fallen stock picker's biggest cheerleaders, repeatedly featuring him on its 'best buy' list, despite concerns about his portfolio.

Watchdog under scrutiny for not intervening in the Woodford scandal

Today

Neil Woodford was sacked yesterday from running his flagship Equity Income fund. Industry figures question why the Financial Conduct Authority did not act sooner to protect investors.

Sainsburys blocked Nectar card with £370 worth of points on

Today

Karen Matthews, 47, first found that her card had been blocked when she received a notification on her Nectar app that stated her points balance was currently unavailable at the beginning of August.

ASK TONY: Car insurance chaos left me with three policies (and drove me round the bend) 

Today

The cost of my car insurance with More Than increased dramatically to £325. On a comparison site, I found More Than cover for £214. I chose this and paid by credit card.

The Smart Meter snoopers already in homes tracking our energy habits 

Today

At least 20 companies are being given a share of £20 million to develop products that can be used alongside smart meters in a government scheme to let tech firms access families' smart meter data.

Free call-blockers to be offered to scam victims

Today

Up to 2,000 devices are being provided on a first come, first served basis by the National Trading Standards Scams Team. Local authorities and care providers are expected to apply on behalf of victims.

VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Greed trumps need at Barclays

Today

Is it any wonder that savers and investors have so little trust in the financial services sector? From basic needs to investing for their family's future, savers are being let down at every turn.

We've been betrayed by Barclays' post office cash ban

Today

Today we lay bare the devastating cost of Barclays' move to stop customers with-drawing cash at post offices and reveal how it will hit the isolated and vulnerable hardest.

BT charging customers to talk to UK call centres

Today

If customers want guaranteed access to staff based in the UK and Ireland, they must sign up to the premium package, BT Plus which costs twice as much as BT's standard broadband package

Want to retire eight years early? Make your workplace pension work harder

Today

Millions more of us are now pension savers thanks to auto-enrolment. But how much do you know about where your life savings are being invested, and could they be working harder for you?

State pension top-up contributions increase 900% in just two years    

Today

The surge is likely to reflect the introduction of the new state pension in 2016, which gave people the opportunity to plug gaps in their National Insurance record through voluntary contributions.

Pensioner fought annuity firm over £60 a month payouts and won

Today

Retired civil engineer Colin Jones, 71, pictured with wife Eirwen, pestered his provider repeatedly and recruited his local MP in his two-year fight to win back his pension pot from annuity firm ReAssure.

The councils fitting the most - and least - electric-vehicle charge points

Today

A review of London boroughs and 40 major towns and cities across the UK revealed which locations have the most public electric-vehicle chargers - and ones that have none at all.

First-time buyers hit highest since just before financial crash

Today

First-time buyers were handed out some 35,010 mortgages in August, an extra 250, or 0.7 per more, than in August last year.