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Owners underestimate the amount of time it requires to sell their businesses, it has been claimed.

Criminals are making fraudulent claims for refunds in a new scam aimed at online self-assessment tax returns.

Employers have been expressing worries that the swine flu outbreak may be encouraging absenteeism.

The minimum weekly wage for apprentices has increased as from 1 August.

Competition among banks and building societies in their efforts to attract new customers has pushed up the general level of interest rates on savings accounts.

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