10 things we learned this week

The great gold meltdown, package holidays and a new bank IPO.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 13 Dec 2013

1. All is not as well as we thought at the murkier end of the high street: pawnbroker Albermarle & Bond has had to melt down its gold reserves to raise emergency cash

2. The package holiday is back

3. Santander is looking into the idea of floating its UK business

4. Unemployment benefit in the US extends to a full 26 weeks. Surprisingly progressive for a country that doesn't have a policy on paid maternity leave.

5. The FTSE 100 is reshuffled every three months

6. It isn't just the interns in Westminster who are happy to work for (almost) free

7. Abercrombie & Fitch: not as popular with the yoof as it once was

8. Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is in talks to take over an Austrian sports retailer

9. Technically, governments can tax earnings on Bitcoins

10. At the moment, Google charges for ads that aren't seen

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