Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Britain's beleaguered high streets are still failing despite the Government's much-vaunted Town Centre First policy, which pledged to protect small independent shopkeepers from out-of-town shopping developments, new research claims.
Two of the biggest energy firms, EDF and British Gas, call for more government co-operation and speak out against a price freeze on bills amid a backlash over rising prices.
An 11-month FT investigation reveals the extent of mismanagement at the €5bn-asset bank and the murkiness of its operations
A Banksy mural that was originally on the wall of a Hollywood gas station sold this week for more than $200,000 at auction.