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Energy firms double profits in just 12 months

thetimes.co.uk — Energy firms are set to double their profits in the space of 12 months after refusing to pass on to customers huge falls in the cost of wholesale oil and gas. Ofgem, the energy industry regulator, said yesterday that companies would make on average £106 from each customer they supply with electricity and gas, up from £53 last year and from £9 five years ago.
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Energy firms double profits in just 12 months yet still fail to cut bills - Tory MPs blame Labour price freeze threat thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

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RT @clarkaw: Energy firms will make £106 profit per household this year, up from £53 last year and just £9 five years ago thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

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Miliband’s energy price freeze backfires as firms refuse to pass on cuts in wholesale cost of gas and electricity thetim.es/1AAm4DL

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Energy firms will make £106 profit per household this year, up from £53 last year and just £9 five years ago thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

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Japan’s retreat from China picks up speed as the tension simmers

thetimes.co.uk — Japanese direct investment in China has plummeted by nearly 50 per cent in the first six months of this year as factory wages surge and diplomatic hostility crackles between the two biggest economies in Asia.
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Japan's investment in China dropped almost 50 percent in the first six months of 2014 - thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/m…

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RT @MalcolmMoore: The cost of Chinese nationalism - Japanese investment in China drops 48.8pc in 2014 H1 thetim.es/WOfY3n

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The cost of Chinese nationalism - Japanese investment in China drops 48.8pc in 2014 H1 thetim.es/WOfY3n

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thetimes.co.uk — One of the most well-known caricatures of Gustav Mahler shows the composer sitting in the midst of the carnage of one of his symphonies: there are collapsed musicians, giant tolling bells, semiquavers cascading off overcrowded staves like lemmings jumping off a cliff and Mahler himself looks like he is jumping off a blasting cannon.
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BBC Philharmonic's Mahler leaves me hoping we're not entering that "August dry spell" at the @bbcproms thetim.es/1zzIBiC

The Bobby Robson I knew and loved

thetimes.co.uk — Spend time in his company and you grasped why all those footballers revelled under his leadership, says George Caulkin To the end, he carried with him a sense of enchantment; wonder that life had offered him such a rich experience, disbelief that people should love him and venerate him in the way they did.
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RT @thetimes: Bobby Robson died five years ago today. Read @CaulkinTheTimes emotional tribute thetim.es/UNyXJq (open to non-members until 5pm) #NUFC

Commonwealth Games are wonderful, says Usain Bolt amid s***storm

thetimes.co.uk — Usain Bolt has praised the Commonwealth Games, a day after telling The Times they were "a bit s***". The sprinter had said "the Olympics were better" and he was "not really" having fun as he left the athlete's village yesterday in comments to The Times.
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Forget about love, this is the summer of war

thetimes.co.uk — The tyrants are having a field day. A timid Britain and an emasculated US have to wake up fast It's a hot summer but the conflicts erupting across the world are certainly not trivial ice-cream wars.
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Interesting @rogerboyes piece: 'A collapse of US leadership & an astonishingly disinterested Britain' thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

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'We were sleepwalkers ahead of WWI & must now stay alert & strive for moral clarity': Roger Boyes in today's Times: thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Deutsche and UBS dragged into ‘dark pool’ inquiry

thetimes.co.uk — Two of Europe's biggest investment banks have said that they are facing investigations into their "dark pool" trading operations just over a month after Barclays was hit with a lawsuit into its private share exchange. Deutsche Bank and UBS disclosed yesterday that they had received inquiries from authorities in America into their internal share exchanges.

It’s no joke. He wants to stop women laughing

thetimes.co.uk — The bizarre words of a Turkish minister are not so far removed from the world of honour killings and gang rapes Bulent Arinc is the deputy prime minister of Turkey. He is a close associate of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is the leading candidate for the beefed up Turkish presidency next month.
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RT @DAaronovitch: Why a man might want to stop women laughing. My column for @thetimes this morning - thetim.es/1s4f8e4

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"It’s no joke. He wants to stop women laughing" – brilliant column from @DAaronovitch thetim.es/1pHIeve

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This is a delight and, ironically, made me laugh MT @DAaronovitch: Why a man might want to stop women laughing thetim.es/1s4f8e4

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Why a man might want to stop women laughing. My column for @thetimes this morning - thetim.es/1s4f8e4

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Sir Bobby Robson’s passion unites North East

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RT @TonyEvansTimes: Five years on from Bobby Robson's death, it's worth reading this bit.ly/1zyJLed by @CaulkinTheTimes written at time. Free until 2pm

Russia has case to answer in Litvinenko poisoning, says judge

thetimes.co.uk — The Russian state has a case to answer in the radioactive poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the judge leading the public inquiry into the death of the former spy said today. Opening the inquiry, Judge Robert Owen said he would be able to hear secret evidence behind closed doors about the 2006 murder of Litvinenko, who accused President Putin from his deathbed of being linked to his killing.
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Russia has case to answer in Litvinenko radioactive poisoning case, inquiry judge says. @AFP latest via @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/cr…

I’d happily sit next to ebola sufferer on the Tube, says man who found virus

thetimes.co.uk — The scientist who helped discover the ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding that he would happily sit next to an infected person on the Tube.

China slowdown puts Diageo in bad spirits

thetimes.co.uk — Falling sales of luxury goods in China following the crackdown on bribery has forced Diageo to book a £264 million hit against the value of its Chinese spirits business. The Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky and Tanqueray gin maker said the "brand and intangible asset impairment charge" against its Shui Jing Fang business was due to "the downturn in the baijiu category driven by the anti-extravagance measures by the Chinese government".
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China luxury goods crackdown puts Diageo in bad spirits thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i… by the inimitable @walshdominic

Sport proving a winner for BT broadband

thetimes.co.uk — BT's gamble on launching sport channels appears to be paying off after the company said that it won more broadband customers than arch-rival Sky for the fourth straight quarter. The BT Sport channels were launched a year ago as a free add-on for customers subscribing to its superfast broadband packages.
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Sport bet paying off for BT at least in fibre numbers. Shrugs off "legacy" status: thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

Afren shares plunge as oil explorer suspends top executives

thetimes.co.uk — The top two executives at Afren have been suspended in a shock internal investigation, sending shares in the FTSE 250 oil exploration company crashing 30 per cent. Afren is an Africa-focused energy group with significant operations off the coast of Nigeria.

Hostage payments bankrolling al-Qaeda’s wars

thetimes.co.uk — European governments are funding al-Qaeda to the tune of millions of dollars by paying terrorists in exchange for hostages. The willingness of nations such as France, Spain and Switzerland to make secret payments to buy their citizens' release has created a booming business for militants that is now out of control, experts say.
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