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BOSSES SIGN LETTER SUPPORTING TORIES
More than 100 company leaders declare support for a Conservative-led government as Labour pledges to end "exploitative" zero hours contracts.

AIR PASSENGER DUTY CUT FROM 1 APRIL
A number of tax changes come in on 1 April, which will mean cheaper flights for thousands of people who travel over 4,000 miles.

BUFFETT 'WOULDN'T RAISE US RATES'
The billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, says if he ran the US Federal Reserve, he wouldn't raise interest rates significantly.

EU MILK QUOTA SYSTEM IS ABOLISHED
EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.

HP FILES $5.1BN AUTONOMY LAWSUIT
HP sues Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch and ex-finance officer Sushovan Hussain, as Autonomy's former management says it will launch a counter-claim.

UK'S GROWTH FOR 2014 REVISED UP
The UK's economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated last year, revised official figures show.

B&Q SET TO CLOSE ABOUT 60 STORES
Kingfisher, the owner of DIY chains B&Q and Screwfix, is to close about 60 B&Q stores in UK and Ireland over the next two years.

UK ECONOMIC WELL-BEING 'IMPROVING'
The financial well-being of UK households improved last year, but overall it is not much better than it was five years ago, according to official figures.

ELECTION FIGHT OVER LIVING STANDARDS
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats welcome pre-election figures showing growth in household incomes, but Labour says it has been the "slowest recovery for 100 years".

EUROZONE DEFLATION EASES IN MARCH
Deflation in the eurozone eased during March while the rate of unemployment dipped slightly in February, figures show.