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 Smurfit Kappa is being urged to negotiate with US rival 16 Apr 6:57pm Smurfit Kappa is being urged to negotiate with US rival
Who would have thought the world of box making could be so action-packed? Smurfit Kappa is reportedly coming under pressure from major shareholders to negotiate with a US rival
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 Boss of The Entertainer blames Government for tough trading 16 Apr 6:57pm Boss of The Entertainer blames Government for tough trading
Gary Grant, the boss of toy retailer The Entertainer, has accused the Government of failing to take responsibility for the tough trading conditions facing retailers.
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 Elliot Advisors make £32.4m following boost to Costa Coffee 16 Apr 6:56pm Elliot Advisors make £32.4m following boost to Costa Coffee
US Hedge fund Elliott Advisors has made around £32.4million from a £500million boost to Costa Coffee owner Whitbread’s share price after reports it wants to break up the business
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 Adecco snaps-up US training firm General Assembly in £289m deal 16 Apr 6:55pm Adecco snaps-up US training firm General Assembly in £289m deal
Recruiter Adecco has snapped up US training firm General Assembly in a deal that values the American business at £289million
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 Diageo pours a £150m investment to toast success of Johnnie Walker 16 Apr 6:55pm Diageo pours a £150m investment to toast success of Johnnie Walker
Drinks multinational Diageo is pouring a £150million investment to toast the success of Johnnie Walker. Diageo will open a distillery visitor centre.
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 ALEX BRUMMER: Sorrell’s departure is barely noticed in the American press 16 Apr 6:55pm ALEX BRUMMER: Sorrell’s departure is barely noticed in the American press
Sir Martin Sorrell may have been a global media figure, as WPP ‘executive’ chairman Roberto Quarta used to explain when justifying Sorrell’s outsized salary. Yet his departure was barely noticed
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 Evans Cycles dumps its boss after he fails to meet business targets  16 Apr 6:44pm Evans Cycles dumps its boss after he fails to meet business targets 
Evans Cycles has ditched its chief executive Andy King after less than two years in the saddle. King will be replaced by Alan Fort as interim chief executive.
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 Drug-maker Shire flogs its cancer business as it braces for a £32bn takeover bid 16 Apr 6:44pm Drug-maker Shire flogs its cancer business as it braces for a £32bn takeover bid
Drug-maker Shire is selling its cancer drugs business to French rival Servier for £1.6billion as it braces for a possible £32billion bid battle with Japan’s Takeda
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 Speculation mounts that a new boss will sanction the break-up of WPP 16 Apr 6:43pm Speculation mounts that a new boss will sanction the break-up of WPP
WPP could be broken up in an £8bn sell-off as it battles to keep hold of top clients including Ford, Mars and HSBC following the shock resignation of Sir Martin Sorrell.
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 Jamie Oliver to open hundreds of restaurants in staff canteens 16 Apr 6:38pm Jamie Oliver to open hundreds of restaurants in staff canteens
Jamie Oliver is preparing to open hundreds of restaurants in staff canteens across the country to ride out a slowdown on the High Street.
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 Netflix shares rocket by 7 % as 125m sign up during the first quarter 16 Apr 6:36pm Netflix shares rocket by 7 % as 125m sign up during the first quarter
Netflix shares leapt nearly 7 per cent last night after it added more than 7.4million new subscribers.Subscriber numbers grew 6.3 per cent to 125 million in the first quarter
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 DAILY BRIEFING:Boss of toy retailer The Entertainer blames Government for tough trading conditions 16 Apr 6:32pm DAILY BRIEFING:Boss of toy retailer The Entertainer blames Government for tough trading conditions
Gary Grant, the boss of toy retailer The Entertainer, has accused the Government of failing to take responsibility for the tough trading conditions facing retailers.
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 On the Board: Patrick Thomas - Chairman at Johnson Matthey 16 Apr 6:30pm On the Board: Patrick Thomas - Chairman at Johnson Matthey
Johnson Matthey has chosen Covestro boss Patrick Thomas to succeed Tim Stevenson as chairman at the chemicals company.
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 Barclays boss Jes Staley receives backing by influential shareholder 16 Apr 6:30pm Barclays boss Jes Staley receives backing by influential shareholder
Under-fire Barclays boss Jes Staley has been backed by an influential shareholder advisory group despite lingering worries over a misconduct probe.
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 In the action-packed world of box making  Smurfit Kappa is being urged to negotiate with US rival 16 Apr 6:29pm In the action-packed world of box making  Smurfit Kappa is being urged to negotiate with US rival
Who would have thought the world of box making could be so action-packed? Smurfit Kappa is reportedly coming under pressure from major shareholders to negotiate with a US rival
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 FTSE CLOSE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down 16 Apr 12:33pm Updated FTSE CLOSE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down
FTSE 100 closed 66.36 points down at 7,198.20, as the US looked at imposing more sanctions on Russia and WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell took his leave of the ad company.
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 Female car ownership up 21% in 10 years 16 Apr 12:10pm Female car ownership up 21% in 10 years
With 34.7 million cars on our roads, it means more than a third are owned by women. The surge in female keepers rose at twice the rate of male vehicle owners, which was up by 10%.
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 Why offering generous auto-enrolment pensions can work for firms 16 Apr 11:56am Why offering generous auto-enrolment pensions can work for firms
The new tax year has ushered in the next wave of the auto-enrolment initiative, which means higher pension costs for the UK's small and medium sized enterprises.
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 Female car ownership up 21% in 10 years - rising at twice the rate of men 16 Apr 11:50am Updated Female car ownership up 21% in 10 years - rising at twice the rate of men
With 34.7 million cars on our roads, it means more than a third are owned by women. The surge in female keepers rose at twice the rate of male vehicle owners, which was up by 10%.
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 Britons risk poor retirement as they expect to die earlier than they actually do 16 Apr 11:46am Britons risk poor retirement as they expect to die earlier than they actually do
Research by the IFS has found that both men and women in their 50s underestimate their chances of survival to the age of 75 by around 20 per cent and to 85 by around 10 per cent.
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 FTSE LIVE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down 16 Apr 11:24am Updated FTSE LIVE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down
Sir Martin Sorrell, the long-standing boss of advertising giant WPP has announced he will step down, sending shares down 6 per cent. Retailers suffered a sharp drop in shopper footfall in March.
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 Wetherspoons close Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts 16 Apr 10:20am Updated Wetherspoons close Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts
British pub chain JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs the trolling of MPs and others.
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 What is an ETF? We explain exchange traded funds and how they work  16 Apr 9:53am Updated What is an ETF? We explain exchange traded funds and how they work 
The ETF market is worth trillions of pounds and they are still increasing in popularity among people looking for low-cost ways of investing. But what on earth are they?
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 Should childcare count towards my state pension? Steve Webb replies 16 Apr 9:51am Should childcare count towards my state pension? Steve Webb replies
I have read recently that women should receive an allowance for staying at home looking after their children? Would I be entitled to this?
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 Car insurance prices drop for first time in three years 16 Apr 8:46am Car insurance prices drop for first time in three years
Motorists were paying £768 a year on average for annual cover in the first three months of this year, which is £13 less than the same period a year ago, according to research.
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 Car insurance prices drop for first time in three years amid whiplash clampdown 16 Apr 8:34am Car insurance prices drop for first time in three years amid whiplash clampdown
Motorists were paying £768 a year on average for annual cover in the first three months of this year, which is £13 less than the same period a year ago, according to research.
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 SMALL CAP IDEAS: Midlands and the North investment start-ups provide fuel for Mercia Technologies 16 Apr 8:25am SMALL CAP IDEAS: Midlands and the North investment start-ups provide fuel for Mercia Technologies
Mercia Technologies PLC has quietly established itself as the place to go for cash for early stage businesses in the Midlands, the North and now Scotland.
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 FTSE LIVE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down; Retail footfall plummets to eight-year low 16 Apr 7:33am FTSE LIVE: WPP shares slide 6% after boss steps down; Retail footfall plummets to eight-year low
Sir Martin Sorrell, the long-standing boss of advertising giant WPP has announced he will step down, sending shares down 6 per cent. Retailers suffered a sharp drop in shopper footfall in March.
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 FTSE LIVE: WPP boss steps down after 33 year career; Retail footfall plummets to eight-year low 16 Apr 7:17am Updated FTSE LIVE: WPP boss steps down after 33 year career; Retail footfall plummets to eight-year low
Sir Martin Sorrell, the long-standing boss of advertising giant WPP has announced he will step down. A survey has found retailer suffered a sharp drop in shopper footfall in March.
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 Now you can get a mortgage for just 0.97% over two years 16 Apr 7:17am Updated Now you can get a mortgage for just 0.97% over two years
The deal is a tracker mortgage, meaning if interest rates rise next month, as they are expected to, your mortgage payments are likely to rise too.
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 Whitbread shares jump 7% Vulture hedge fund Elliot Advisors set to push for Costa Coffee spin-off 16 Apr 6:56am Updated Whitbread shares jump 7% Vulture hedge fund Elliot Advisors set to push for Costa Coffee spin-off
Elliott - run by feared Wall Street billionaire Paul Singer, 72 – is understood to believe as much as £3billion of value could be unlocked by listing the coffee chain separately.
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 UK house sellers get £10k less than asking price, says Rightmove 16 Apr 6:45am UK house sellers get £10k less than asking price, says Rightmove
House sellers across the UK get about £10,000 less than their final asking price, new figures show, with a third having already had their original listing price cut.
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 Beast from the East exacerbates High St crisis as consumer spending sees worst decline in five years 16 Apr 5:56am Beast from the East exacerbates High St crisis as consumer spending sees worst decline in five years
Consumer spending fell by 1.4 per cent in the first three months of the year, the largest quarterly fall since the last three months of 2012, new figures by Visa show.
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 WITAN INVESTMENT TRUST: Andrew Bell conducts an orchestra of managers creating investment harmony 16 Apr 4:50am Updated WITAN INVESTMENT TRUST: Andrew Bell conducts an orchestra of managers creating investment harmony
Unconventional though the approach may be, it seems to be working well. Witan has outperformed its global peers over the past five and ten years.
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 MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Take advantage of aircraft boom with Meggitt 16 Apr 4:37am MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Take advantage of aircraft boom with Meggitt
Meggitt shares are 436½p, having gained more than 2 per cent last week as the backlash against Syria intensified.
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 Midas: Take advantage of booming aircraft sales by investing in Meggitt 16 Apr 4:20am Updated Midas: Take advantage of booming aircraft sales by investing in Meggitt
Meggitt shares are 436½p, having gained more than 2 per cent last week as the backlash against Syria intensified.
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 DAILY BRIEFING: Sky high sale could be on the cards for Gatwick Airport 16 Apr 3:54am DAILY BRIEFING: Sky high sale could be on the cards for Gatwick Airport
The biggest shareholder in Gatwick Airport – Global Infrastructure Partners – is looking to put it up for sale with a price tag of £10bn, according to The Sunday Times.
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 TRADER TIPS: City insiders caution against Hays due to slowing UK market but backs XP Power 16 Apr 3:49am TRADER TIPS: City insiders caution against Hays due to slowing UK market but backs XP Power
Analysts at broker Peel Hunt have given XP Power a ‘buy’ rating.
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 Tony Hetherington helps with a Currys TV payment blunder 16 Apr 3:27am Updated Tony Hetherington helps with a Currys TV payment blunder
Tony Hetherington helps a reader who took out a payment plan with Currys that should only kick in in July, but who has been told a direct debit has been started up from now.
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 Vulture Hedge fund Elliot Advisors set to push for Costa Coffee spin-off 16 Apr 3:26am Vulture Hedge fund Elliot Advisors set to push for Costa Coffee spin-off
Ruthless US hedge fund Elliott Advisors looks set to push for a spin-off of Costa Coffee after becoming the largest shareholder of its owner Whitbread.
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 Can Japanese knotweed grow back and stop me selling my house? 16 Apr 2:49am Can Japanese knotweed grow back and stop me selling my house?
Japanese Knotwood can be a homeowners' nightmare as the descructive plant can make the land unsaleable - so it is essential to remove it properly to stop any regrowth
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