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Northern Rock mortgage deal may not help all buyers
Northern Rock - which expects losses of £1.4bn for 2008 - has been driving away customers to pay off £26.9bn in taxpayer loans racked up following its Bank of England rescue in 2007. The privatised lender will change its strategy to resume new mortgage lending.

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London Transport and Virgin Media have named first 80 busiest and major underground stations in London which are all set to receive Wi-Fi services for the Olympics season. Destinations including London Bridge, Oxford Circus, Leicester Square, Mile End, Tower Hill, Tufnell Park, Goodge Street, King’s Cross, Oval, Borough and Victoria are on the list to turn into accessible Wi-Fi hotspots.

The UK economy shrank for the last three months of 2011 - BCC predicts that growth will be flat this year , with one quarter of contraction, but says a full-blown recession is not inevitable if the government acts. It showed that in October, the service sector contracted by (a revised) 0.6%, while in November it grew by 0.6%.

Peacocks chief executive expected to lodge rescue offer for stricken fashion chain, while Past Times is closing 46 stores with the loss of 574 jobs. Peacock employs more than 400 at its Cardiff HQ and nearly 10,000 more across the UK.

Halifax index also shows a 0.9% decline in December 2011 and predicts a broadly stable 2012 … providing the UK can avoid the recession. The price of the average house in the UK is now just over £160,000, said the bank, thanks to a 0.9% fall in prices in December 2011 and a 1.3% drop over the whole of the year.

Europe’s worst financial crisis in generations is forging a new European Union, pushing Britain to the sidelines and creating a more integrated, fiscally disciplined core of nations under the auspices of a resurgent Germany.

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