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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.

Trading conditions may not be quite as gloomy for UK manufacturers than they were three months ago, according to the latest CBI survey.

A scheme aimed at helping firms pay their business rates may face delays because of problems in implementing it.

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