Lower food prices push down inflation to 2.4% 

The fall, down from a six-month high of 2.7 per cent in August, in the consumer price index was greater than expected. The figure is used to set percentage increases in benefits for people on low incomes.

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Boss of tainted Grant Thornton steps down

Sacha Romanovitch's resignation comes days after she vowed to stay on at the accountancy group. She has been involved in a power struggle which saw colleagues leak her performance review.

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