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Best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 201829m Best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 2018
They may be starkly different investments, but both the Baillie Gifford America fund and Lindsell Train investment trust navigated a particularly choppy year to emerge as the best performers.
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Europe’s Central Bank Ends One of the Biggest Money-Printing Programs Ever40m Europe’s Central Bank Ends One of the Biggest Money-Printing Programs Ever
The end of the so-called quantitative easing effort is a milestone for the euro and a signal that the European Central Bank is confident enough in the eurozone’s health.
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55m Updated Mixed Day for Global Markets as Bumpy Run for Investors Takes a Pause
Stocks rose in Asia, were largely flat in Europe and appeared poised for an up-and-down start to the day on Wall Street.
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Auditors face market share cap after CMA probe56m Auditors face market share cap after CMA probe
The UK’s big four auditors will next week face an unprecedented move to limit their market share and allow smaller rivals to gatecrash their self-confessed oligopoly as regulators shake up a sector rattled by a string of corporate collapses.
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Apple to Add $1 Billion Texas Campus and Thousands of Jobs Across U.S.1h 4m Updated Apple to Add $1 Billion Texas Campus and Thousands of Jobs Across U.S.
The technology giant said it would also establish new 1,000-worker operations in Culver City, Calif., San Diego and Seattle, and add hundreds of jobs in several other cities.
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First-half losses double at Purplebricks as housing market stalls1h 33m First-half losses double at Purplebricks as housing market stalls
Online estate agent’s shares down 12% after it cuts full-year revenue forecast to £175m First-half losses have more than doubled at Purplebricks as the online estate agent warned that it saw little prospect for immediate improvement in the UK property market. Purplebricks made a pre-tax loss of £27.3m in the six months to 31 October, up from £11.4m in the equivalent period last year.
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Dans les écoles françaises, la leçon du jour : à quel tweet se fier ?1h 40m Dans les écoles françaises, la leçon du jour : à quel tweet se fier ?
Pour combattre la désinformation et la radicalisation, la France propose l’un des plus grands efforts au monde pour apprendre aux jeunes à identifier les « fake news ».
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FTSE CLOSE: Sports Direct counts the cost of House of Fraser; Bonmarche bemoans Brexit turmoil1h 45m FTSE CLOSE: Sports Direct counts the cost of House of Fraser; Bonmarche bemoans Brexit turmoil
After a day of political turmoil on Wednesday the markets were steady today, with the pound in recovery mode. The FTSE 100 index at the close was down 2.69 at 6877.50.
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ECB halts QE bond-buying programme, and cuts growth forecasts - as it happened1h 48m ECB halts QE bond-buying programme, and cuts growth forecasts - as it happened
European Central Bank warns that protectionism is hurting growth, as Mario Draghi addresses the press
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Nissan and Renault Face Leadership Crisis After C.E.O. Is Jailed2h Updated Nissan and Renault Face Leadership Crisis After C.E.O. Is Jailed
Carlos Ghosn’s arrest leaves the Franco-Japanese car alliance that revolved around him in limbo. There is no clear plan to fill the power vacuum.
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Monique Pillard, a Power in the Modeling World, Is Dead at 812h Updated Monique Pillard, a Power in the Modeling World, Is Dead at 81
Working at two of the industry’s pre-eminent agencies, Ms. Pillard helped guide the careers of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and other supermodels.
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ECB halts QE bond-buying programme, and cuts growth forecasts - business live2h Updated ECB halts QE bond-buying programme, and cuts growth forecasts - business live
European Central Bank warns that protectionism is hurting growth, as Mario Draghi addresses the press
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Pernod Ricard turns nose up to Elliott stake2h Pernod Ricard turns nose up to Elliott stake
Current and former chief executives of mining giant BHP, Dulux paints maker Akzo Nobel, electronics group Samsung and the consumer goods group Nestlé will know exactly how Alexandre Ricard feels today.
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Tech Fix: Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.2h Updated Tech Fix: Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.
Products that we enjoy continue to create privacy, misinformation and workplace issues. We can do better at getting the industry to do better.
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Purplebricks shares down 12% as its hit by costly expansion2h Purplebricks shares down 12% as its hit by costly expansion
The AIM-listed company now forecasts revenue for the financial year ending in April to be between £165million and £175million, versus previous forecasts of £165million to £185million.
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ECB ends €2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme3h ECB ends €2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme
The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its massive bond-buying programme this month.
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Like a Boss: Chris Hayes’s Work Diary: ‘My Life Is an Unceasing Festival of Impatience’3h Updated Like a Boss: Chris Hayes’s Work Diary: ‘My Life Is an Unceasing Festival of Impatience’
The journalist and MSNBC host wakes up to Twitter and ends the day “basically a brain-dead mess.”
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Virgin Galactic takes off in bid to reach space for first time3h Virgin Galactic takes off in bid to reach space for first time
Sir Richard Branson's firm says its latest spaceship test flight will "aim to fly higher and faster".
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Purplebrick shares down 12% as online estate agent is hit by property slump and costly expansion3h Updated Purplebrick shares down 12% as online estate agent is hit by property slump and costly expansion
The AIM-listed company now forecasts revenue for the financial year ending in April to be between £165million and £175million, versus previous forecasts of £165million to £185million.
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Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my £40m lifeline3h Updated Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my £40m lifeline
Sports Direct's owner Mike Ashley has written a bluntly worded letter to the boss of Debenhams.
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Apple to Build $1 Billion Texas Campus and Thousands of Jobs Across U.S.3h Apple to Build $1 Billion Texas Campus and Thousands of Jobs Across U.S.
The company said it would expand its presence in the Austin area, while creating thousands of jobs across the country, as tech companies seek to expand beyond their West Coast roots.
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Canadian Michael Spavor detained in China as Huawei row continues3h Updated Canadian Michael Spavor detained in China as Huawei row continues
The two detentions follow the arrest of a leading Chinese businesswoman in Vancouver.
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Vows: Arts Meets Science and Chemistry Wins the Day3h Updated Vows: Arts Meets Science and Chemistry Wins the Day
Paul Romer had a doubly big day: he was married to Caroline Weber in the morning and then accepted a Nobel Prize in the evening.
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ECB ends eurozone QE stimulus programme3h ECB ends eurozone QE stimulus programme
The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its €2.5tn bond-buying programme this month.
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Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season4h Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season.
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Gambling firms agree ban on betting ads during live sport5h Gambling firms agree ban on betting ads during live sport
Gambling companies have agreed to what is effectively a ban on betting advertisements during live sport. 
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European Central Bank halts QE bond-buying programme - business live5h Updated European Central Bank halts QE bond-buying programme - business live
ECB confirms it will end bond-buying programme this month, but it won’t start unwinding stimulus for some time
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Bonmarché shares halve after sales slump5h Updated Bonmarché shares halve after sales slump
The clothing firm's shares fell 50% at one point as it warns it could make a full-year loss of £4m.
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Mike Ashley launches Debenhams broadside5h Mike Ashley launches Debenhams broadside
Sports direct boss asks why store refused his £40m loan despite ‘worst November for retailers in living memory’ The Sports Direct boss, Mike Ashley, has launched an extraordinary attack on Debenhams after the department store chain refused his offer of a £40m cash injection despite “the worst November for retailers in living memory”. In a letter addressed to the Debenhams chief executive, Sergio Bucher, Ashley urged the board to reconsider the offer from
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DealBook Briefing: Trump’s Strong-Arming of China Might Be Working6h Updated DealBook Briefing: Trump’s Strong-Arming of China Might Be Working
American officials are wielding tariffs to extract concessions that Beijing has long delayed or rejected altogether.
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Mike Ashley rebuffed over £40m offer to struggling Debenhams6h Mike Ashley rebuffed over £40m offer to struggling Debenhams
Mike Ashley has been rebuffed by Debenhams after he offered a £40m loan to bail out the struggling department store amid speculation it had "zero chance of survival".
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Apple to create $1bn Texas base6h Apple to create $1bn Texas base
The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.
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Apple to Add $1 Billion Campus and 5,000 Jobs in Texas7h Apple to Add $1 Billion Campus and 5,000 Jobs in Texas
The technology giant said it would also establish new 1,000-worker operations in Culver City, Calif.; San Diego and Seattle and to add hundreds of jobs in several other cities.
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Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food7h Updated Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food
From pigs-in-blankets tea to Christmas tree crisps, retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food.
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TPG in talks to wash hands of Victoria Plum7h TPG in talks to wash hands of Victoria Plum
The buyout giant TPG is in talks about a sale or merger of Victoria Plum, the online bathroom retailer, in a deal that would crystallise another poorly performing UK investment for one of the world's most prolific private equity investors.
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Italian bonds rally as Rome bows to EU pressure over its budget – business live8h Updated Italian bonds rally as Rome bows to EU pressure over its budget – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Italy’s bond yields fall after Rome cuts its deficit plan for 2019
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Virgin Galactic aims to reach space8h Virgin Galactic aims to reach space
Sir Richard Branson's firm says its latest spaceship test flight will "aim to fly higher and faster".
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Should you pay grandparents £9 per hour to babysit your kids?8h Updated Should you pay grandparents £9 per hour to babysit your kids?
If grandparents demanded a wage for looking after their grandchildren they would be nearly £19k a year better off according to website childcare.co.uk.
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Mike Ashley admits there are ‘significant challenges’ ahead as Sports Direct profits slump8h Mike Ashley admits there are ‘significant challenges’ ahead as Sports Direct profits slump
With the House of Fraser deal taken out of the equation however things look much healthier and profits were actually up 62.4 per cent at £74.4million.
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Rookie Cataloged a Generation of Girlhood8h Rookie Cataloged a Generation of Girlhood
Tavi Gevinson’s online magazine served as a collective diary for Gen Z.
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In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?8h In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?
To combat online misinformation and radicalization, one of the world’s largest national internet literacy efforts is teaching students how to spot junk information.
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Forget Love. I’m Looking for Great Soup Dumplings.8h Forget Love. I’m Looking for Great Soup Dumplings.
Some solo travelers are turning to dating apps like Tinder and Bumble as a convenient way to get advice on where to eat and where to go when visiting an unfamiliar destination.
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The best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 2018 revealed9h The best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 2018 revealed
They may be starkly different investments, but both the Baillie Gifford America fund and Lindsell Train investment trust navigated a particularly choppy year to emerge as the best performers.
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Peter Boizot, Founder of the PizzaExpress Chain, Dies at 899h Updated Peter Boizot, Founder of the PizzaExpress Chain, Dies at 89
He grew up on a limited diet, but in Italy he discovered pizza and took that love home to England, where an international success was born.
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The best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 2018 (so far) revealed9h The best and worst performing funds and investment trusts of 2018 (so far) revealed
Baillie Gifford America and Lindsell Train Investment Trust have navigated through a particularly choppy period for investments to emerge as the best performing funds this year. 
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Cruise and hotel bookings boost Tui profits for third year9h Updated Cruise and hotel bookings boost Tui profits for third year
Demand for upmarket hotels and "experiences" has lifted profits at the European travel group.
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How safe is it to take a DNA and genetics test plugged by online companies?9h Updated How safe is it to take a DNA and genetics test plugged by online companies?
For under £100, you could order a genetic testing kit to your front door and find out which vitamins you are lacking or your risk of developing certain illnesses.
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The Brexit vote backfired but would you want another referendum?9h Updated The Brexit vote backfired but would you want another referendum?
In 1992, Hoover launched a free flights promotion that spectacularly backfired, but it probably seemed liked a good idea at the time - much like David Cameron's Leave or Remain question.
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Bonmarche shares slump as losses grow9h Bonmarche shares slump as losses grow
The clothing firm's shares fall nearly 40% as it warns it could slip to a full-year loss of up to £4m.
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Avoid the tax trap hidden in the Budget that will hit divorcing couples who sell the family home10h Updated Avoid the tax trap hidden in the Budget that will hit divorcing couples who sell the family home
Those who struggle to sell after they move out - or let their home to move for work - will have just nine months before capital gains tax starts to kick in.
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FTSE LIVE: Sports Direct counts the cost of House of Fraser; Bonmarche bemoans Brexit turmoil10h Updated FTSE LIVE: Sports Direct counts the cost of House of Fraser; Bonmarche bemoans Brexit turmoil
After a day of political turmoil on Wednesday the markets are steady so far today, with the pound in recovery mode and the FTSE 100 in the green after another strong session in the US.
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Clashes Over Trade and Detentions: What China, the U.S. and Canada Are Fighting Over10h Clashes Over Trade and Detentions: What China, the U.S. and Canada Are Fighting Over
While the trade war between the United States and China has been put on hold, new disputes over a series of detentions have raised alarm on both sides of the Pacific.
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Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China10h Updated Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China
Michael Spavor is believed to have been detained on suspicion of harming China's national security.
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Personal finance paralysis leaves UK adults short of over £1,600 a year10h Personal finance paralysis leaves UK adults short of over £1,600 a year
More than a third (38 per cent) of people are experiencing personal finance paralysis, which is the fear of making a bad personal finance decision, meaning that a decision is put-off or not made at all.
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Mattel’s New C.E.O. Bets on ‘Barbie: The Movie’ to Lead Toymaker’s Revival10h Mattel’s New C.E.O. Bets on ‘Barbie: The Movie’ to Lead Toymaker’s Revival
Ynon Kreiz, the toy giant’s fourth leader in five years, has a strategy for reversing its fortunes. And it starts with putting one of America’s best-known dolls on the big screen.
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Sports Direct counts cost of House of Fraser rescue11h Sports Direct counts cost of House of Fraser rescue
Sports Direct has reported a 27% fall in half-year profits as it counted the cost of swallowing up failed department store chain House of Fraser.
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Paying my Dartford Crossing fine has become a French farce11h Paying my Dartford Crossing fine has become a French farce
I couldn’t pay the automated toll as I was on my way home to France
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Brexit blamed as housing market hits six-year low11h Brexit blamed as housing market hits six-year low
Brexit uncertainty has pushed a key measure of the housing market to a six-year low, according to surveyors.
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Betting firms to ban pre-watershed TV adverts during live sport events12h Betting firms to ban pre-watershed TV adverts during live sport events
Voluntary plan agreed after bookmakers bend to pressure over children’s exposure to gambling The gambling industry has confirmed plans to press ahead with a
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Why N.B.A. Stars Are Trading In Their Nikes14h Updated Why N.B.A. Stars Are Trading In Their Nikes
An insurgency against the traditional basketball shoe powers is underfoot as companies like Puma, New Balance and Under Armour compete for a share of N.B.A. culture.
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A Weakened China Tries a Different Approach With the U.S.: Treading Lightly14h Updated A Weakened China Tries a Different Approach With the U.S.: Treading Lightly
Hobbled by a slowing economy, the Chinese government has opted for a measured response to the arrest of a Huawei executive.
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China Prepares to Increase Access for Foreign Companies14h China Prepares to Increase Access for Foreign Companies
China is preparing to replace an industrial policy savaged by the Trump administration as protectionist with a new program promising greater access for foreign companies.
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14h Updated Markets Rise After Positive Signals Between U.S. and China
Beijing and Washington both hinted that they could make concessions to strike a deal on trade.
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Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut18h Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut
Investors sounded notes of optimism about Tencent Music Entertainment Group, one of the biggest IPOs in the U.S. in recent years, pushing its shares 7.7% higher in the company’s trading debut.
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Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?18h Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?
Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?
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Six slime and putty toys sold in UK fail to meet safety standards18h Six slime and putty toys sold in UK fail to meet safety standards
Versions including one sold at Hamleys found to have unsafe levels of boron in Which? test Six out of 13
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UK property market at weakest since 2012 as Brexit takes toll – Rics18h UK property market at weakest since 2012 as Brexit takes toll – Rics
Surveyors say indicators for demand, supply and prices fell to multiyear lows in November Brexit is battering the UK property market, pushing it to its
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Why are there so many pre Christmas sales?18h Why are there so many pre Christmas sales?
Retailers, squeezed by rising costs and falling sales try to lure back shoppers with pre-Christmas sales
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Hamleys pulls slime toy amid safety fears18h Hamleys pulls slime toy amid safety fears
Tests found Frootiputti slime exceeded EU limits for boron, a chemical that can impair fertility.
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Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS18h Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS
Brexit uncertainty is expected to hit the property market over the next three months, surveyors say.
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The Shift: Is Tech Too Easy to Use?19h Updated The Shift: Is Tech Too Easy to Use?
The tech industry’s obsession with “frictionless” design has been the source of innumerable problems.
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Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi.19h Updated Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi.
Hotels have begun to turn their lobbies and common areas into WeWork-like gathering places, attracting both guests and locals.
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Tailored Brands Trims Outlook19h Tailored Brands Trims Outlook
Tailored Brands Inc. lowered its outlook for the year after sales at its Men’s Wearhouse business softened last month.
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Pound sheds some earlier gains as May wins confidence vote19h Updated Pound sheds some earlier gains as May wins confidence vote
Sterling sheds some of its earlier gains after leadership confidence vote result is revealed.
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Scientists Skeptical About Gene-Edited Baby Experiment20h Scientists Skeptical About Gene-Edited Baby Experiment
When a Chinese scientist claimed last month that he created the first genetically modified babies, scientists around the world were stunned and alarmed. Now, scientists who examined the very limited available data from the experiments are questioning whether the gene edits the scientist claimed he made were even successful.
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Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive20h Updated Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive
The president says he could act for the good of US trade, as Canada releases Meng Wanzhou on bail.
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U.S. Consumer Prices Flat in November, Posing Dilemma for Fed20h U.S. Consumer Prices Flat in November, Posing Dilemma for Fed
Inflation remains muted even though unemployment has fallen to a near 50-year low and economic growth in 2018 was among the fastest in this expansion.
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GM CEO Is Under Fire From Trump, Lawmakers Over Restructuring20h GM CEO Is Under Fire From Trump, Lawmakers Over Restructuring
General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra faces bipartisan anger in Washington over the company’s plans to cut 14,800 jobs and close four plants despite robust profits and a strong economy.
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CITY DIARY: US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross checks out bizarre Bernie Madoff sculpture20h CITY DIARY: US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross checks out bizarre Bernie Madoff sculpture
The unusual cast, entitled Made Off by artist Freddy Hahorn, shows a pair of cuffed hands protruding from a wall, wearing a real Rolex and clutching wads of cash.
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Dixons £460m loss fuels fears of High St bloodbath21h Dixons £460m loss fuels fears of High St bloodbath
With the firm cutting the dividend from 3.5p a share to 2.25p, the stock fell 6 per cent or 9p to 142p, its lowest level since Dixons merged with Carphone Warehouse in 2014.
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How the richest parts of London generate 30 times more cash than the poorest areas of the UK 21h How the richest parts of London generate 30 times more cash than the poorest areas of the UK 
Camden and the City of London was the UK’s most productive area in 2017, generating £340,340 per head, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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MARKET REPORT: Engines are firing on all cylinders at Rolls-Royce21h MARKET REPORT: Engines are firing on all cylinders at Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce is still struggling with problems on the Trent 1000 engine. Earlier this year, blades on the engines were found to be wearing out faster than expected.
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Hedge fund demands shake-up at drinks firm Pernod Ricard after building a 2.5% stake21h Hedge fund demands shake-up at drinks firm Pernod Ricard after building a 2.5% stake
Elliott Management, which has fearsome reputation for taking aggressive legal action to get its way in corporate disputes, has taken aim at the performance of the world’s biggest drinks maker.
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DAILY BRIEFING: DNO ups the ante in bid to launch a hostile takeover of Faroe Petroleum 21h DAILY BRIEFING: DNO ups the ante in bid to launch a hostile takeover of Faroe Petroleum 
DNO has set a three-week deadline for its £608m offer. It slammed the British firm as it published an offer document, telling shareholders they have until 1pm on January 2 to respond to its approach.
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Losses double at kitsch retailer Cath Kidston despite strong demand in the UK and Japan21h Losses double at kitsch retailer Cath Kidston despite strong demand in the UK and Japan
The firm, famous for its floral patterned products, posted a 1.2 per cent uptick in sales, boosted by demand in the UK and Japan where sales grew 5.1 per cent and 5.4 per cent.
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Interserve in crunch talks with the pensions regulator over its retirement scheme21h Interserve in crunch talks with the pensions regulator over its retirement scheme
Interserve shares are down 49 per cent this week and 87 per cent this year amid warnings that it could become ‘Carillion mark two’ following the collapse of its rival in January.
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Families scramble to lock in low mortgage costs amid fears interest rates could rise21h Families scramble to lock in low mortgage costs amid fears interest rates could rise
A total of 50,500 homeowners remortgaged in October – the highest number for a decade. A total of £9.2bn of mortgages were shifted, up 23 per cent on a year earlier.
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CBS News Settles Harassment Suit From Three Colleagues of Charlie Rose21h CBS News Settles Harassment Suit From Three Colleagues of Charlie Rose
CBS News settled a lawsuit, for undisclosed terms, brought by three women who alleged they were harassed by former on-air personality Charlie Rose.
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P&G Buys Walker to Expand Offerings to African-Americans21h P&G Buys Walker to Expand Offerings to African-Americans
Procter & Gamble agreed to acquire Walker & Co. as the consumer-products giant looks to serve more African-Americans with health and beauty products.
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When the Makers of Marlboro and Corona Get Into Marijuana21h When the Makers of Marlboro and Corona Get Into Marijuana
With marijuana becoming legal in more markets, big corporations are swooping in with multibillion-dollar deals.
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Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis22h Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis
Facing a consumer backlash and stricter regulation, companies are trying to do what’s eluded them for years: make a better bottle. Evian has pledged to make all its bottles 100% recycled plastic. Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and other makers are adding products and trying new strategies.
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The Wine Thief22h Updated The Wine Thief
Nicolas DeMeyer was a scammer. Or a hero for the age of inequality. Or a young man haunted by the death of a dear friend. Or all of these things.
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22h Updated Markets Rise Amid Political Chaos in U.K. and Mixed Signals on Trade Truce
The pound whipsawed on Wednesday after Conservative lawmakers scheduled a vote on the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi22h Updated Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi
Hotels have begun to turn their lobbies and common areas into WeWork-like gathering places, attracting both guests and locals.
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Timetable chaos: Passengers unaware of compensation rights22h Timetable chaos: Passengers unaware of compensation rights
Rail passengers are not claiming compensation they are owed because chaos caused by changes to the timetable in May because they don't think they are eligible.
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Nearly half of slime toys contain unsafe level of toxic chemical22h Nearly half of slime toys contain unsafe level of toxic chemical
Nearly half of children's slime toys failed the EU safety limit for the presence of a potentially harmful chemical, research found.
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Harassment Complaints Still Bring Retaliation23h Harassment Complaints Still Bring Retaliation
Workplace retaliation against those reporting sexual harassment remains an issue, even as the #MeToo movement has emboldened people who say they have been mistreated.
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How to stop the deliveries from hell: Online couriers cut outrageous corners - and ruin your gifts23h Updated How to stop the deliveries from hell: Online couriers cut outrageous corners - and ruin your gifts
Over the past few weeks, furious online shoppers have told us how delivery drivers have thrown their parcels over fences, left them on doorsteps and even forced them through cat flaps.
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Markets rally as hopes for breakthrough in US-China trade dispute rise23h Markets rally as hopes for breakthrough in US-China trade dispute rise
Donald Trump says talks between Washington and Beijing are progressing Financial markets around the world have rallied amid early signs of progress in the bitter trade standoff between the US and China, as hopes rise for a breakthrough in the dispute. Wall Street shook off days of volatility to post broad gains in early trading after
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Superdry co-founder ramps up comeback campaign as shares plunge23h Superdry co-founder ramps up comeback campaign as shares plunge
Julian Dunkerton urges shareholders to help him take back control of brand after fresh profits warning The co-founder of Superdry has said he needs to be back running the fashion chain within weeks if it is to be turned around by next Christmas – and has called on other shareholders to support his comeback campaign. Julian Dunkerton was speaking after the company issued its second profits warning in two months. Superdry shares collapsed by 38% to 354p on Wednesday, wiping £32m off the value of Dunkerton’s 18% stake.
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CBS Settles With Women Who Accused Charlie Rose of Sexual Harassment24h Updated CBS Settles With Women Who Accused Charlie Rose of Sexual Harassment
The women had sued Mr. Rose and CBS in May, alleging that they were sexually harassed by the former anchorman and that the network did nothing to stop it.
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Sainsbury’s and Asda challenge CMA over merger24h Sainsbury’s and Asda challenge CMA over merger
Competition and Markets Authority is investigating fallout of planned deal for shoppers and suppliers Sainsbury’s and Asda have launched a legal challenge after complaining they are unable to meet the deadlines of the competition watchdog investigating their planned £7.3bn merger. The
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Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn24h Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn
US telecom firm’s Oath, which includes Huffington Post and AOL, is now worth $200m The collective value of digital media brands including Huffington Post, Yahoo and AOL, which once had a stock market capitalisation of more than $200bn, has been slashed to only $200m by their parent Verizon. The US telecoms company has taken a $4.6bn charge on the goodwill value of Oath, the digital media subsidiary that houses properties including HuffPo, Yahoo and AOL, leaving it worth about $200m on paper.
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Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads24h Updated Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads
The woman says if companies were able to spot she had been pregnant, they should also have realised she was bereaved.
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A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded.24h Updated A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded.
Ye Jianming courted the Biden family and networked with former United States security officials. Today, his empire is crashing down in court.
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FTSE CLOSE: Pound spikes as traders bet on Theresa May winning no confidence vote24h Updated FTSE CLOSE: Pound spikes as traders bet on Theresa May winning no confidence vote
At closing time, the FTSE 100 index was up 1.08 per cent or 73.25 points to 6,880.10. The FTSE 250 index closed up 1.9 per cent or 335.71 points to 17,988.97.
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Any boost to sterling if the PM survives is not likely to last | Larry Elliott24h Any boost to sterling if the PM survives is not likely to last | Larry Elliott
Brexit’s unresolved problems mean the pound will still be vulnerable even if the PM stays News that Theresa May was facing a confidence vote from her own MPs broke just before trading began in the City. But those expecting a market meltdown were swiftly proved wrong. Shares had one of their better recent days and the
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Landlord fined £25,000 over lack of hot water for disabled tenant25h Landlord fined £25,000 over lack of hot water for disabled tenant
Judith Wilson, who owns 300 houses in Kent, ignored council enforcement notices The wife of Britain’s most controversial
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Pound up as PM May sees off Tory rebels25h Pound up as PM May sees off Tory rebels
The pound has reacted positively after Theresa May saw off a Tory vote of confidence in her leadership - but wobbled when the size of her majority became clear.
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Dixons Carphone posts £440m loss in first half25h Updated Dixons Carphone posts £440m loss in first half
The struggling retailer posts a £440m loss after it writes down the value of its Carphone Warehouse brand.
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Superdry warns worse to come as profits plunge25h Updated Superdry warns worse to come as profits plunge
Fashion retailer considers closing stores amid disappointing sales of winter clothing.
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26h Meanwhile: The IDNYC Card: How Do You Represent 8.6 Million New Yorkers With One Piece of Plastic?
In an object with value for wealthy residents and the homeless alike, iconography matters.
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EU-Led Group Answers U.S. Complaints on WTO26h EU-Led Group Answers U.S. Complaints on WTO
The U.S. and the European Union are squaring off at the World Trade Organization in a conflict that threatens to cripple the global trade watchdog.
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Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts in case of hard Brexit26h Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts in case of hard Brexit
Aerospace firm will also move some regulatory approvals to Germany amid political turmoil British aerospace firm Rolls-Royce is pressing ahead with plans to stockpile parts and move some regulatory approvals to Germany as it prepares for a possible hard Brexit. Rolls-Royce on Wednesday said it is in talks with the European Aviation Safety Agency to transfer design regulatory approvals for large jet engines away from the UK. The company already deals with German regulators for business jet components.
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Pound rallies as May tipped to win confidence vote26h Pound rallies as May tipped to win confidence vote
Sterling rises amid speculation the prime minister will win the confidence vote.
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Fintech unicorn Revolut secures banking licence26h Fintech unicorn Revolut secures banking licence
The British fintech start-up Revolut has secured a European banking licence that will pave the way for it to launch a comprehensive current account and consumer lending operation across the continent from next year.
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Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez26h Updated Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez
The corporate giant has hired well-connected lobbyists to convince lawmakers and residents of the benefits of its new hub in Long Island City.
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Many U.S. Financial Officers Think a Recession Will Hit Next Year26h Many U.S. Financial Officers Think a Recession Will Hit Next Year
Almost half of U.S. chief financial officers believe a recession will strike the U.S. economy by the end of 2019, with the tight labor market and growing trade tensions driving economic jitters among corporate America.
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There’s an urgent economic case for banishing fossil fuel sponsorship from the arts | Molly Scott Cato27h There’s an urgent economic case for banishing fossil fuel sponsorship from the arts | Molly Scott Cato
In imagining alternative worlds, artists can lead the way on climate change, making us challenge the way we liveThose attending the COP24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, this week have been greeted by a bizarre sight: an
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Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing27h Updated Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing
The Trump administration is expected to indict hackers and roll out import restrictions out of concern that Beijing will not easily change its trade, cyber and economic practices.
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Films with female stars earn more at the box office28h Films with female stars earn more at the box office
Films like Wonderwoman and Moana where women have top billing make more money than those led by men.
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Tory donors back May ahead of confidence vote28h Tory donors back May ahead of confidence vote
Leading Conservative donors have thrown their weight behind Theresa May’s leadership by warning the party’s MPs that ousting her would pave the way for a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.
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Corner Office: Tristan Walker on the Roman Empire and Selling a Start-Up to Procter & Gamble28h Updated Corner Office: Tristan Walker on the Roman Empire and Selling a Start-Up to Procter & Gamble
Frustrated with the “ethnic beauty” aisle and products that didn’t work, he built a company for the demographic future.
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Markets rally on trade hopes, as pound jumps back over $1.26 - business live28h Updated Markets rally on trade hopes, as pound jumps back over $1.26 - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as investors welcome signs that tensions between Beijing and Washington are thawing
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Capita failure over cervical screening letters more extensive than thought28h Capita failure over cervical screening letters more extensive than thought
Doctors call for Capita to lose contract as women affected now number over 50,000 Another 3,591 women were not sent information on cervical screening as a result of blunders by Capita, NHS England has said. Last month,
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DealBook Briefing: How Trump Plans to Keep China In Line on Trade28h Updated DealBook Briefing: How Trump Plans to Keep China In Line on Trade
The Trump administration, believing China will struggle to change its stance over trade, plans to hammer home the idea that it wants strong commitments.
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The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone28h Updated The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone
Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality. Baby boomers, who generally had fewer children and divorced more than previous generations, are especially feeling the effects in retirement.
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Walmart, Express Scripts Extend Prescription-Services Agreement28h Walmart, Express Scripts Extend Prescription-Services Agreement
Walmart and pharmacy-benefit manager Express Scripts have extended their network agreement to provide access to Walmart’s prescription services for Express Scripts clients’ covered members.
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ECB to turn off QE stimulus tap - but has it worked?29h ECB to turn off QE stimulus tap - but has it worked?
This Friday, almost un-noticed, one of the biggest events in financial history is set to come to an end.
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Markets rally as China prepares to cut tariffs on US cars - business live29h Updated Markets rally as China prepares to cut tariffs on US cars - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as investors welcome signs that tensions between Beijing and Washington are thawing
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Team Sky: Sky to end backing of British powerhouse in 201930h Updated Team Sky: Sky to end backing of British powerhouse in 2019
The future of Team Sky is in doubt after broadcaster Sky announces it will withdraw backing at the end of 2019.
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UK motorists rack up £4.2m in fines for parking in disabled bays30h UK motorists rack up £4.2m in fines for parking in disabled bays
The report also said an additional 11,100 tickets worth over £1.7m were issued to motorists who parked in front of dropped kerbs, potentially blocking access for wheelchair users.
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L&G plots £300m general insurance sale31h L&G plots £300m general insurance sale
Legal & General is plotting the sale of its general insurance operations in a move that could spur further consolidation in the UK market for home and contents cover.
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TSB customers hit by further IT glitch31h Updated TSB customers hit by further IT glitch
TSB's online banking system failed for over 4 hours on Wednesday, the third major IT problem in a year.
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Short sellers make £68m betting against ailing Interserve as share price plunged31h Updated Short sellers make £68m betting against ailing Interserve as share price plunged
Hedge funds and other short-sellers likely made almost £2m on Monday when the struggling government contractor’s share price plunged 53 per cent after it announced plans for a second bailout.
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Superdry shares slump on fresh profit alert31h Superdry shares slump on fresh profit alert
Shares in fashion brand Superdry have plunged by a third after it issued its second profit warning in less than two months - blaming mild weather for a potential £22m hit to its bottom line.
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FTSE LIVE: Pound swings around on no confidence vote in Theresa May32h Updated FTSE LIVE: Pound swings around on no confidence vote in Theresa May
The pound has started to climb back after falling initially as a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May is tabled for 6pm this evening.
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Dixons Carphone shares hit as it slumps to a £440million loss32h Dixons Carphone shares hit as it slumps to a £440million loss
Dixons Carphone, the retailer behind Curry's PC World and Carphone Warehouse, saw shares tumble 10 per cent in early trading after it reported an eye-watering but expected £440million half-year loss.
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Look before you leap moving your pension into cash, says the PRUDENT INVESTOR33h Updated Look before you leap moving your pension into cash, says the PRUDENT INVESTOR
In these uncertain times, many investors are holding large sums as cash within their Sipps. Yet they are invariably getting no interest on these deposits.
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VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Banks must lock out the crooks so they have nowhere to transfer stolen funds33h Updated VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Banks must lock out the crooks so they have nowhere to transfer stolen funds
Major High Street banks have responded to criticism that they allow fraudsters to open accounts by building sophisticated computer systems to root out suspicious accounts.
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ASK TONY: HSBC admits it owes me £1,000 but I can’t get my hands on it33h Updated ASK TONY: HSBC admits it owes me £1,000 but I can’t get my hands on it
I received three identical letters from HSBC saying it was considering refunding the management fees on a business account involving a firm in which I had been owner/managing director.
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Act fast to save on Xmas cards: Just six days to post second class33h Updated Act fast to save on Xmas cards: Just six days to post second class
Royal Mail recommends sending first-class letters and parcels by December 20 at the very latest. Sending a letter or card second class will cost 58p, compared with 67p first class.
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I want to go on holiday in France. Will my European Health Card still be valid after Brexit?33h Updated I want to go on holiday in France. Will my European Health Card still be valid after Brexit?
I am planning a holiday to France next summer and have previously relied on my European Health Insurance Card as a backstop in case I get ill in Europe. But what will happen to it after Brexit?
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FTSE LIVE: Pound slumps on news of no confidence vote in May33h Updated FTSE LIVE: Pound slumps on news of no confidence vote in May
The pound has started to climb back after falling initially as a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May is tabled for 6pm this evening.
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Dixons Carphone loses £440m in six months33h Dixons Carphone loses £440m in six months
Electronics retailer plans cost-savings of £200m to claw back losses but rules out job cuts Dixons Carphone slumped to a loss of £440m in the first half of its financial year, with the struggling electronics retailer announcing more than £200m of cost savings. The big loss came in part because the company, formed through the merger of Dixons with Carphone Warehouse in 2014, was forced to write down the value of the mobile retailing brand which is now unprofitable, by £344m.
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Huawei Executive Granted Bail by Canadian Court34h Updated Huawei Executive Granted Bail by Canadian Court
Meng Wanzhou, a Huawei executive who American authorities want to extradite from Canada on fraud charges, was granted bail of 10 million dollars on Tuesday.
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FTSE LIVE: Sterling slumps on news of No Confidence vote; Dixons Carphone reports £440million loss34h FTSE LIVE: Sterling slumps on news of No Confidence vote; Dixons Carphone reports £440million loss
The pound is on a downward trajectory as a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May is tabled for 6pm this evening.
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THE PRUDENT INVESTOR: Look before you leap when shunning stocks and shares for cash 34h Updated THE PRUDENT INVESTOR: Look before you leap when shunning stocks and shares for cash 
In these uncertain times, many investors are holding large sums as cash within their SIPPs (self-invested personal pensions). Yet they are invariably getting no interest on these deposits.
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Markets rally as China prepares to cuts tariffs on US cars - business live34h Markets rally as China prepares to cuts tariffs on US cars - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as investors welcome signs that tensions between Beijing and Washington are thawing
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TUC calls for 1m manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by 203034h TUC calls for 1m manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by 2030
Report says government’s flagship industrial strategy is ‘vague’ and has made little progress one year on The
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For Big Tobacco and Brewers, Grass Is Greener34h For Big Tobacco and Brewers, Grass Is Greener
With marijuana becoming legal in more markets, big corporations are swooping in with multibillion-dollar deals.
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Dixons Carphone dials up £440m half-year loss35h Dixons Carphone dials up £440m half-year loss
Electricals to mobile phones giant Dixons Carphone has reported a half-year loss of £440m as it counted the cost of a tough mobile phone market and warned of uncertainty ahead.
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Uber pushed for UK congestion charges that would hit poor hardest35h Uber pushed for UK congestion charges that would hit poor hardest
Guardian freedom of information request reveals details of talks between Uber chief and Chris Grayling Uber used a private meeting with the transport secretary to push for congestion charges that a senior civil servant warned would hit poorer drivers hardest, records have revealed. Chris Grayling was also lobbied by the Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, about opening up opportunities in Britain’s public transport network, according to the minutes of a meeting in October, revealed after a freedom of Information request by the Guardian.
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Broadband too slow in more than a quarter of UK homes – report36h Broadband too slow in more than a quarter of UK homes – report
Internet speeds in millions of households not fast enough to meet a typical family’s needs More than a quarter of UK homes do not have fast enough broadband
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Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy37h Updated Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy
The Yellow Vest protests roiling the country have cost businesses billions of euros and threatened President Emmanuel Macron’s strategy for growth.
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Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business37h Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business
Verizon Communications is booking a $4.5 billion accounting charge related to its Oath media business, a sign its bet on high-profile internet properties and content several years ago hasn’t worked out as expected.
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