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C&G axes dual rates after FOS ruling

Cheltenham & Gloucester has ditched its dual variable rate policy after the Financial Ombudsman Service&#39s ruling against Halifax. It says it may reverse its decision if other cases do not follow the same pattern.

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Sub-Saharan Africa Near-Term Outlook

By Paul Caruana-Galizia, Neptune Economist

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic renaissance continues. After growing at an average rate of five per cent over the past decade, the IMF projects an acceleration to 5.5 per cent growth among Sub-Saharan economies in the next two years, as developed economies emerge from the crisis. We expect this growth to be sustainable for three broad reasons.

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