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M&S must hope Ocado will turn its food problems into trifles1h 12m M&S must hope Ocado will turn its food problems into trifles
This week’s full-year results are unlikely to make appetising reading, but the promise of internet shopping offers hopeShareholders in Marks & Spencer might be forgiven for starting this week with a sense of scepticism. The stalwart of the British high street is set to announce its full-year results on Thursday, and expectations are already low. The past decade has seen a number of attempts to revive the fortunes of the chain but problems persist – an ageing customer base, expensive food halls and confusing promotions among them, according to chief executive Steve Rowe.
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Too much has been sacrificed to allow Brexit to destroy Europe’s unity1h 13m Too much has been sacrificed to allow Brexit to destroy Europe’s unity
As the anniversaries of D-Day and Monte Cassino approach, we should remember how and why the ‘European project’ started Shortly after Thursday’s elections for the European parliament, we shall be witnessing the 75th anniversaries of D-Day and of the terrible carnage of the battle of Monte Cassino. One hopes that memories of these events – or, in many cases, learning about them for the first time – may concentrate minds on all sides in the debate about our future relationship with the rest of Europe. It was the horror of the second world war that led European leaders to bring individual countries together in the hope that future conflict could be avoided. Despite the fantasies of Nigel Farage and his ilk, winning that war was hardly a solo effort on the part of Great Britain. The Americans were an indispensable force in the D-Day landings; Polish forces lost many troops fighting at Monte Cassino. And, of course, the war was won by the allies as a whole, who included the US, Commonwealth countries and, not least, the Soviet Union.
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Internet giant Amazon aiming to break music-streaming stranglehold held by Spotify1h 23m Updated Internet giant Amazon aiming to break music-streaming stranglehold held by Spotify
Amazon's offer will target homes with a smart speaker – enabling people to ask a remote assistant such as Alexa to play their favourite music from an online library containing millions of tunes.
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Are our weddings too white?7h Are our weddings too white?
Why it might be time to rethink the way we celebrate as more couples come from diverse backgrounds.
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Fancy an extra £10,000 in your bank account? Here are 20 GOLDEN deals10h Fancy an extra £10,000 in your bank account? Here are 20 GOLDEN deals
Follow our definitive list of the 20 best deals right now and that cause the least trouble to achieve. It is simply a case of searching for value for money in everything.
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HAMISH MCRAE: Ethical investment should not be a box-ticking exercise10h HAMISH MCRAE: Ethical investment should not be a box-ticking exercise
Perhaps the greatest responsibility lies with the investment community. You put money into decent companies, not ones run by greedy sharks. It might save investors from some big mistakes.
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Hong Kong billionaire is Ka-shing in on share dividends as Corbyn plots his power grab10h Hong Kong billionaire is Ka-shing in on share dividends as Corbyn plots his power grab
Hong Kongs richest family has extracted almost £1 billion in dividends from British water, energy and rail firms over the past two years.
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Former WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell on course for another shareholder revolt10h Former WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell on course for another shareholder revolt
Influential shareholder advisory groups ISS and Glass Lewis have 'severe reservations' about S4 Capital's long-term pay scheme, which Glass Lewis said appeared 'unlimited'.
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Iconic British car plant faces showdown with German rival over right to make Vauxhall Astra10h Iconic British car plant faces showdown with German rival over right to make Vauxhall Astra
If managers at Cheshire's Ellesmere Port are victorious, it could prove a major boost for the local economy and add to the plant's 1,100-strong workforce.
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Government bid to put workers on company boards in tatters as big firms make mockery of idea10h Government bid to put workers on company boards in tatters as big firms make mockery of idea
Our survey of the 100 biggest listed companies found none had appointed a worker to its board of directors since the reforms came into force on January 1.
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JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Insurers must accommodate financial needs of those diagnosed with dementia10h JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Insurers must accommodate financial needs of those diagnosed with dementia
Some insurers – such as VitalityLife – are doing their bit by now allowing customers to extend their financial protection cover beyond its normal end date.
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Car hire firms reel in customers with cheap offers but make them pay more10h Car hire firms reel in customers with cheap offers but make them pay more
Analysis of the car hire market by broker Zest Car Rental, confirms that bait rates are becoming commonplace, especially in Spain, a destination favoured by millions of British holidaymakers.
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As Vodafone cuts its shareholder payouts, you can still earn more than 4pc on dividends10h As Vodafone cuts its shareholder payouts, you can still earn more than 4pc on dividends
Although there is no hard and fast rule, if the ratio of earnings to dividends is above two, then the outlook for the dividend is considered rosy – lots of earnings from which to pay shareholders their income.
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Jeff Prestridge loathes Lloyds television adverts - but loves the shares10h MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Jeff Prestridge loathes Lloyds television adverts - but loves the shares
At 60p and with the prospect of more dividend growth in the pipeline (provided the economy does not nosedive), the shares represent good value for money.
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With Interest: The Week in Business: A Facial Recognition Ban, and Trade War Blues13h With Interest: The Week in Business: A Facial Recognition Ban, and Trade War Blues
Also: Worries about another war, and the continuing crisis at Boeing.
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Running Scared: Network TV in the Streaming Age13h Running Scared: Network TV in the Streaming Age
Viewers are fleeing for Netflix. The ones who stay are older than the group prized by advertisers. Here’s a look back at the troubled 2018-19 season.
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Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper’ jobs on film sets13h Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper’ jobs on film sets
Recruitment campaign announced at Cannes to counter huge shortage of skilled film workers, from plasterers and make-up artists Cinema needs its moments of high glamour to attract funding and sell tickets, and each May the
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I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 10216h Updated I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 102
Mr. Pei, a committed modernist, was one of the few architects equally attractive to real estate developers, corporate chieftains and art museum boards.
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Leyland leaves past behind to show UK could become more productive16h Leyland leaves past behind to show UK could become more productive
The truck maker has contributed to startling growth in production efficiency across one part of the north-west With the whirring shriek of a factory siren, the afternoon break at Leyland Trucks comes to an abrupt end on an unusually hot spring day in Lancashire. Once part of the sprawling
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Deeper problems than Jeremy Kyle are making ITV a turn-off for investors16h Deeper problems than Jeremy Kyle are making ITV a turn-off for investors
Gambits like BritBox may not save the broadcaster in a market dominated by Netflix and other tech interlopersAs ITV became embroiled in the scandal over the
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Corroded Well Lining Caused Aliso Canyon Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands, Report Says16h Corroded Well Lining Caused Aliso Canyon Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands, Report Says
An inquiry found that SoCalGas had not meaningfully investigated more than 60 leaks before the one in October 2015 that became the largest leak of methane in United States history.
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Payment firm holds onto Thomas Cook cash19h Payment firm holds onto Thomas Cook cash
Payment firms are seeking to hold on to millions of pounds of customers' money owed to Thomas Cook Group in a move which underlines the financial pressures afflicting the 178 year-old tour operator.
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Deadly Germs, Lost Cures: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials19h Updated Deadly Germs, Lost Cures: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials
In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans.
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To Many Chinese, America Was Like ‘Heaven.’ Now They’re Not So Sure.21h Updated To Many Chinese, America Was Like ‘Heaven.’ Now They’re Not So Sure.
As the trade war rages, ambivalence in China about the United States has posed an unusual challenge for the Communist Party.
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Grandparents providing childcare are urged to claim state pension credits22h Updated Grandparents providing childcare are urged to claim state pension credits
Hundreds of thousands of grandparents and other family members could be missing out on valuable credits towards the state pension worth around £250 a year in old age, new research reveals.
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How to choose a mortgage broker: what matters when choosing your adviser 22h Updated How to choose a mortgage broker: what matters when choosing your adviser 
Applying for a mortgage is not the most straightforward of tasks, which is perhaps partly why a whopping 97 per cent of us used the services of a mortgage broker last year.
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Sports Direct selling scandal-hit Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire for £120m22h Updated Sports Direct selling scandal-hit Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire for £120m
The retailer, which was founded by Mike Ashley in 1982, said it is in advanced talks to sell the property and lease it back for another 15 years.
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Easyjet plunges deeper into red due in part to more expensive fuel and Gatwick drone disruption22h Updated Easyjet plunges deeper into red due in part to more expensive fuel and Gatwick drone disruption
The budget airline posted a loss before tax of £272m in the six months to March 31, wider than the £68m shortfall in the same period of last year.
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MARKET REPORT: Allied Minds soars after Crystal Amber reveals it has built up a stake22h Updated MARKET REPORT: Allied Minds soars after Crystal Amber reveals it has built up a stake
Allied Minds, which is also backed by fund manager Neil Woodford, invests in nascent technologies and helps to turn them into viable businesses.
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Pub Work Gives a Royal Carpet Maker an Unwelcome Image (and It’s Sticking)22h Pub Work Gives a Royal Carpet Maker an Unwelcome Image (and It’s Sticking)
Axminster has Buckingham Palace’s seal of approval. But thanks to social media, its best-known client is a chain of cut-price bars.
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In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing22h In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.
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Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz backing shake-up at First Group22h Updated Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz backing shake-up at First Group
Tchenguiz said he 'very recently' bought roughly 0.5 per cent of First Group's shares and fully supports the company's biggest investor, Coast Capital, which wants to oust most of its board.
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Shareholders turn on Metro Bank founder: Legal & General leads bid to oust Vernon Hill22h Updated Shareholders turn on Metro Bank founder: Legal & General leads bid to oust Vernon Hill
Metro Bank has warned it could face criminal charges over an accounting error as it suffered a backlash from disgruntled investors.
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ALEX BRUMMER: Amazon now seeking to use its logistics skills to challenge in other markets22h Updated ALEX BRUMMER: Amazon now seeking to use its logistics skills to challenge in other markets
The real threat to Britain's supermarkets is from the untrammelled Silicon Valley giants, as anyone who listened to Sainsbury's case for an Asda merger will know.
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‘I gave up my job to become a foster carer – it’s enriched my life’25h ‘I gave up my job to become a foster carer – it’s enriched my life’
Libby Thornhill, 60 on why she started started fostering
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Insurance firm refuses to cover cancelled holiday to Sri Lanka25h Insurance firm refuses to cover cancelled holiday to Sri Lanka
London family left £2,000 out of pocket despite the Foreign Office advising against travel to the island
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Childcare: thousands of grandparents miss out on a pension perk25h Childcare: thousands of grandparents miss out on a pension perk
Those who look after their grandchildren can receive national insurance credit Thousands of grandparents who look after their grandchildren continue to miss out on a perk that could increase their state pension. New figures show that while more than 10,000 have made use of a scheme designed to assist grandparents who make sacrifices to help their children get back to work after the birth of a child, there are still many more who have not.
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Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption26h Updated Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption
Saudi Arabia spent heavily to protect its oil production lines but rapid changes in technology may mean ports and pipelines are increasingly exposed in the turbulent region.
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