Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: his second budget in four months and the first without having to worry about his Lib Dem coalition partners. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

This time next week George Osborne will be preparing to deliver his first budget as chancellor in a Conservative-only government. The summer budget, a(...)

Thorntons has become something of a joke in the City for its repeated profit warnings, its failure to sell eggs at Easter or boxed chocolates at Christmas and its constant complaints about the weather being too hot or too cold – or sometimes both. Photograph: EPA

The takeover of a famous British name by an overseas bidder is usually greeted with a chorus of complaints about the erosion of the nation’s industria(...)

Chancellor George Osborne, never one to let some good data pass unremarked, yesterday welcomed what he called a “powerful mix” of low prices and rising wages

If you blinked, you’ll have missed it: the UK’s brief descent into deflation has ended, with official figures yesterday showing the cost of living cre(...)

HSBC  logo: firm is to eliminate up to 50,000 jobs by 2017 by shrinking its global reach as chief executive Stuart Gulliver seeks to cut annual costs by about $5 billion to restore profit growth. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Could the famous golden griffin, last seen on Britain’s high streets almost two decades ago, be poised to make a comeback? Set against a blue backgrou(...)

Morrisons is almost certain to be demoted from the prestigious FTSE 100 index following a near-15 per cent slide in its share price over the past 12 months. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

David Potts, the new chief executive of Morrisons, might be forgiven for feeling a little nervous ahead of the supermarket group’s annual shareholder (...)

Former Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green: due to collect a £10 million-plus bonus when her gardening leave comes to an end next month. Photograph: RLM Finsbury/PA Wire

Harriet Green, the former chief executive of Thomas Cook, has clearly been enjoying her gardening leave from the travel firm, which she quit abrupt(...)

Marc Bolland has pushed through a number of much-needed changes at the retailer, including revamping the stores and improving its fashion ranges. Photograph: Getty Images

Hang out the bunting! Pop the champagne corks! Marks & Spencer is about to report its first increase in annual profits in four years.Chief executi(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: expected to be questioned on what impact the new government’s austerity programme might have on the UK’s fragile economic recovery. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Bank of England governor Mark Carney emerges from his election purdah today and his update on the UK economy is eagerly awaited in the City. Al(...)

Analysts expect Sainsbury’s to report its first loss in a decade after being hammered by hefty property writedowns

It’s not every day that a chief executive with a criminal conviction for embezzlement delivers his company’s results to the City, let alone the head o(...)

David Cameron admitted the economy was performing in a “less exciting way”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/File photo

A halving of the economic growth rate is the last thing a government needs with an increasingly hard-fought election just nine days away.Prime ministe(...)