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Royal Mail faces tough competition

Royal Mail, which critics argue was sold off too cheaply, posted a 12 per cent rise in full-year operating profits to £671 million from £598 million, and said its business is facing tough competition.

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Axa launches annuity-drawdown hybrid for next-gen retirees

Axa Life Invest has become the first provider to launch a next-generation retirement product designed to take advantage of the increased flexibility in the way people take an income

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European income the next big trend

A diverse and growing dividend pool combined with a nascent economic recovery is making European equity income an increasingly attractive sector, according to F&C's head of multi asset, Gary Potter.

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Pension review scammers posing as government partners

Cold-call scammers claiming to be working with the government are actually trying to convince you to move your pension into high-risk unregulated investments, says city watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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UK inflation rises to 1.8 per cent

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI), used as the measure for UK inflation, rose more than expected to 1.8 per cent year-on-year during April, up from 1.6 per cent in March.

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UK smaller company trusts are most consistent 10-year outperformers

Of the 20 most-consistent top-performing investment trusts of the past decade, seven are UK smaller companies trusts, according to data from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC).

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Global dividends rise 31 per cent on Vodafone deal

Total global dividends rose 31 per cent to a record $228.4 billion (£135.68 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, driven by Vodafone's $26 bi

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Schroders calls for AstraZeneca to recommence Pfizer talks

AstraZeneca on Tuesday faced calls from leading shareholders to reconsider its opposition to conducting talks with Pfizer, the US pharmaceuticals giant that saw its 5,500p-a-share offer for its British rival

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Are houses actually becoming more affordable?

Amidst growing fears of a potential house-price bubble and following remarks by Bank of England governor Mark Carney that house construction is not keeping pace with rising demand, specialist asset manager London Central Portfo

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Vodafone bets on 4G and emerging markets to end decline

A major investment programme is set to hit Vodafone's earnings this year and next, the mobile phone company warned on Tuesday as it announced plans to spend £19 billion on 3G and 4G telecommunication technologies.

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M&S promises improvement as profits fall again

Marks & Spencer posted its third successive fall in annual profits on Tuesday, as disappointing clothes sales continued to hold the retailer back.

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Don't miss out on this year's higher Isa allowance

When the chancellor announced the changes to the Isa regime in March, it meant savers keen to use this year's £5,940 allowance early - putting in it a fixed-rate deal at the start of the tax year on 6 April - could miss out on

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