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BN3 Hove postcode most popular for professionals to buy

The BN3 postcode area of Hove is the most sought-after location for young professionals buying a home in England and Wales for the third year in a row, a report from Lloyds Bank shows. It said that with neighbouring Brighton also making the top 20 hotspot list, the East Sussex coast continues to be a strong attraction for aspirational young people.

Cath Kidston stores have become a hub for international shoppers taking advantage of the fall in the pound since the referendum.

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Insurance Premium Tax increases along with a change to the way personal injury claims are calculated mean further increases are also expected.

Tesco Bank has spearheaded a consumer borrowing binge over the past year, offering ‘jumbo loans’ – just as the Bank of England warns against excessive lending.

Barclays chief executive Jes Staley should be sacked for his 'outrageous' attempt to try to unmask a whistleblower, the former HBOS risk boss Paul Moore said this weekend.

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