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British profit warnings at post-crisis high

A headwind for British equities may be gathering strength: corporate profit warnings have reached their highest level since the financial crisis.

Philip Green isn't the only villain in town

Before politicians start casting rocks at the former owner of beleaguered retailer BHS, they should take a look at themselves, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why a good government needs a good opposition

The result of the Scottish election might be a foregone conclusion. But the real fight is for second place, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Governments need effective oppositions.

Why Europe could be the biggest loser from Brexit

Most of the focus in the EU referendum debate has been on Britain, and what happens here if we leave. But the real losers from Brexit would be Europe.

Brexit and consumer rights

Sarah Moore looks at what might happen to EU legislation if Britain votes to leave.

What would happen after Brexit?

No country has ever left the European Union, so if Britain does leave, it will be a major global event. Matthew Lynn looks at what could happen if we decide to take the plunge.

Chart of the week: are we approaching peak Prosecco?

Britain’s thirst for Prosecco is outstripping supply, leading retailers to look for alternatives.

Banning cash would be devastating for the economy

The psychological effect alone of banning cash would be incredibly destructive for Britain, says John Stepek. But that doesn’t mean they still won’t try.

Three reasons to value tax privacy

High-profile calls to make everyone’s tax return public knowledge are a mistake, says Matthew Lynn. We will miss tax privacy once it’s gone.

Super-low interests rates aren't good for anyone

The very policy designed to kick start growth in the economy could end up stalling it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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