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Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover 4 Dec 11:23pm Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover
The move paves the way for Japan's largest overseas acquisition and would create a global drugs giant.
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Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says 4 Dec 10:18pm Updated Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says
Leslie Moonves, the former CBS chief, destroyed evidence and misled investigators looking into his alleged misconduct, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.
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U.S. Prosecutors Bring Their First Charges Over the Panama Papers 4 Dec 9:42pm U.S. Prosecutors Bring Their First Charges Over the Panama Papers
Four men, including an American accountant, were charged with tax fraud and money laundering schemes stretching back years. A Panamanian lawyer remained at large.
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Common Sense: CBS Report on Moonves Shows Epic Failure of Corporate Governance 4 Dec 9:39pm Updated Common Sense: CBS Report on Moonves Shows Epic Failure of Corporate Governance
Senior executives and board members at CBS knew about allegations of sexual misconduct by Leslie Moonves, the chief executive. No one acted to stop him.
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For Trump, a Series of Trade Tests Loom in the Coming Year 4 Dec 9:27pm Updated For Trump, a Series of Trade Tests Loom in the Coming Year
What happens on tariffs and the new Nafta will affect any company that has a significant international supply chain.
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Slowing Cigarette Sales Push Altria to Explore Other Opportunities 4 Dec 8:30pm Slowing Cigarette Sales Push Altria to Explore Other Opportunities
Marlboro maker Altria Group is eyeing cannabis and e-cigarettes, searching for growth outside its traditional business, as the long decline of U.S. cigarette sales accelerates.
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Postal Service Review Proposes Sweeping Changes Likely to Hit Amazon 4 Dec 8:18pm Postal Service Review Proposes Sweeping Changes Likely to Hit Amazon
A Treasury-led task force proposed that the U.S. Postal Service charge more for certain package deliveries, going after Amazon.com and other online retailers that President Trump has said benefit at the post office’s expense.
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China Maneuvers to Snag Top-Secret Boeing Satellite Technology 4 Dec 7:30pm China Maneuvers to Snag Top-Secret Boeing Satellite Technology
The founders of a small Los Angeles company, which ordered a satellite from Boeing, say the firm was financed and is now controlled by China, in violation of rules designed to keep such technology out of Beijing’s hands. Some worry China could use the technology for military purposes.
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We sold for £495k: How to get interest-free loans to fix empty homes 4 Dec 7:11pm Updated We sold for £495k: How to get interest-free loans to fix empty homes
If you own an empty property that needs renovation you could qualify for an interest free loan of up to £25k from your council to fix it so you can rent it out or sell it on
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Parental leave: The good, the bad and the unexpected 4 Dec 7:06pm Parental leave: The good, the bad and the unexpected
Three parents share their very different experiences of staying home to look after their children.
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NatWest fraud victim refunded £20,000 4 Dec 7:03pm NatWest fraud victim refunded £20,000
Money taken from man's account while he was unconscious in hospital, after being attacked in London.
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Hugging at work: Your rights 4 Dec 7:02pm Hugging at work: Your rights
What happens if your boss wants to hug you, cuddle you, massage you, or even to kiss your neck?
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Cracking weather takes its toll on insurance claims 4 Dec 7:01pm Cracking weather takes its toll on insurance claims
Insurance claims for subsidence damage hit levels not seen since 2006 this summer because of the heatwave conditions, according to industry figures.
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NPR Chief Jarl Mohn to Step Down 4 Dec 6:48pm NPR Chief Jarl Mohn to Step Down
The public radio network’s CEO is stepping down after a tenure in which he helped reverse NPR’s financial fortunes but faced criticism amid a sexual harassment scandal involving its former news chief.
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Named and shamed: Investors accuse gambling firms of ignoring anger over fat-cat pay  4 Dec 6:28pm Named and shamed: Investors accuse gambling firms of ignoring anger over fat-cat pay 
The Investment Association has written to the chairmen of 15 companies, accusing them of failing to address investors’ worries about boardroom excess.
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DAILY BRIEFING: Late and unfair payments by big businesses hurt small firms 4 Dec 6:24pm DAILY BRIEFING: Late and unfair payments by big businesses hurt small firms
Many big firms require their suppliers to wait for more than 60 days before getting paid for their work. This plays havoc with small companies' ability to operate, damaging their productivity.
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Tech tycoon Mike Lynch quits role at cyber-security company Darktrace after fraud charges  4 Dec 6:17pm Tech tycoon Mike Lynch quits role at cyber-security company Darktrace after fraud charges 
The 53-year-old tech tycoon's resignation comes after he was charged with fraud in the US where he faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.
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Thomas Cook boss Peter Fankhauser rules out using rights issue to pay £389m debt  4 Dec 6:15pm Thomas Cook boss Peter Fankhauser rules out using rights issue to pay £389m debt 
Peter Fankhauser is understood to have told shareholders that a share offering will not be pursued despite growing fears over its £389m debt mountain. Shares fell another 3.9 per cent, or 0.9p, to 22.72p.
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Owner of outdoor clothing brand North Face to open its European HQ in london  4 Dec 6:14pm Owner of outdoor clothing brand North Face to open its European HQ in london 
VF Corporation, which also owns Timberland and Wrangler, has a ten-year lease on a building in Soho. The New York-listed group is hoping it will boost its expansion in the UK.
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ON THE BOARD: Jonathan Howell, 56, is appointed Finance chief at Sage  4 Dec 6:13pm ON THE BOARD: Jonathan Howell, 56, is appointed Finance chief at Sage 
Howell was finance director at merchant bank Close Brothers Group for ten years. He has also served as a non-executive director at Sage and chairman of its audit and risk committee.
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MARKET REPORT: IG Group is hit by European  clampdown on spread-betting rules  4 Dec 6:13pm MARKET REPORT: IG Group is hit by European  clampdown on spread-betting rules 
The company allows customers to trade financial products including contracts-for-difference, which are linked to the price of shares or commodities.
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Delta Caught by Falling Fuel 4 Dec 6:07pm Delta Caught by Falling Fuel
Delta Air Lines Inc. on Tuesday added to investor concerns about the industry’s ability to manage the recent fall in oil prices as it warned a key revenue metric would fall short of expectations.
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Trump Offers German Automakers a Pause on Car Tariffs, for Now 4 Dec 6:02pm Updated Trump Offers German Automakers a Pause on Car Tariffs, for Now
A hastily organized White House meeting came as fears were rising in Europe that the president may follow through on threats to impose car tariffs.
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In contempt: PM suffers three major setbacks as Brexit debate begins 4 Dec 5:25pm In contempt: PM suffers three major setbacks as Brexit debate begins
Theresa May suffered several major setbacks in a historic day for Brexit, as the biggest test of her divorce deal looms.
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Chanel ends use of exotic skins in its fashion range 4 Dec 5:24pm Chanel ends use of exotic skins in its fashion range
The French fashion house becomes the first to turn its back on exotic pelts like snake and lizard.
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German Carmakers Head to Washington, Hoping to Dodge Tariffs by Offering Jobs 4 Dec 5:21pm Updated German Carmakers Head to Washington, Hoping to Dodge Tariffs by Offering Jobs
The hastily organized meeting comes amid an increasing sense of dread in Europe that President Trump will follow through on threats to impose tariffs on imported autos.
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Beware the grave robbers: A damning report reveals how grieving families face a funeral fee lottery 4 Dec 5:01pm Beware the grave robbers: A damning report reveals how grieving families face a funeral fee lottery
In the worst cases, the difference between the cheapest and most expensive funeral directors in the same town, or even the same street, can be as much as £2,300, research reveals.
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New Audi e-tron ditches wing mirrors for cameras and live video 4 Dec 4:40pm Updated New Audi e-tron ditches wing mirrors for cameras and live video
The Audi e-tron's side-mounted cameras feed moving images into special touchscreens embedded inside the doors. This gives the driver an unimpeded view of what’s happening.
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Wall Street shares dive amid growth fears 4 Dec 4:30pm Wall Street shares dive amid growth fears
All three US indexes fall more than 3%, as a closely-watched financial measure causes alarm.
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4 Dec 4:00pm Updated Stocks Slide After Trump Tweets on Trade, While Bond Market Sounds Recession Warning
The yield curve — the difference between the interest rates on short- and long-term Treasury bonds — is at its narrowest level since 2007, in what some see as an ominous sign for the economy.
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Wall Street shares drop as yield curve causes alarm 4 Dec 3:00pm Updated Wall Street shares drop as yield curve causes alarm
All three US indexes fall more than 2%, as a closely-watched financial measure causes alarm.
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Square Feet: With Augmented and Virtual Reality, Tour Your Office Before It’s Built 4 Dec 2:35pm Updated Square Feet: With Augmented and Virtual Reality, Tour Your Office Before It’s Built
The technologies have been widely popular in entertainment, but they are only now being used in the leasing and construction of commercial real estate projects.
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Stocks plummet as unraveling US-China trade truce rattles investors 4 Dec 2:18pm Stocks plummet as unraveling US-China trade truce rattles investors
On Tuesday Trump, who has taken a combative stance on China, was once again threatening sanctions US stock markets fell sharply on Tuesday as investors lost faith in a trade truce between the US and China that had been negotiated by Donald Trump at last week’s G20 summit of world leaders. The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted 786 points in early afternoon trading, a drop of 2.9%. Other market indexes also fell sharply with the S&P 500 losing 2.5% and the Nasdaq dropping 3%.
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Pound drops to 2017 lows after government contempt vote 4 Dec 2:16pm Updated Pound drops to 2017 lows after government contempt vote
Sterling drops to April 2017 lows after MPs find the government in contempt of Parliament before rising.
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4 Dec 2:06pm Updated Stocks Slide as Bond Market Sounds a Recession Warning
The yield curve — the difference between the interest rates on short- and long-term Treasury bonds — is at its narrowest level since 2007, in what some see as an ominous sign for the economy.
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4 Dec 1:54pm Updated Quora, the Q. and A. Site, Says Data Breach Affected 100 Million Users
Some users seemed less surprised by the security breach than by the fact that they had a Quora account in the first place.
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Big Tuna Finds a Scapegoat: Millennials 4 Dec 1:49pm Updated Big Tuna Finds a Scapegoat: Millennials
A report in The Wall Street Journal suggested that the younger generation’s lack of can openers was hurting sales. That explanation seemed fishy.
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Steve Bannon and a Fugitive Billionaire Target a Common Enemy: China 4 Dec 1:48pm Updated Steve Bannon and a Fugitive Billionaire Target a Common Enemy: China
“We both naturally despise the Chinese Communist Party,” the fugitive, Guo Wengui said, explaining his partnership with the former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
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Kroger to Sell Groceries in Walgreens Stores 4 Dec 1:46pm Kroger to Sell Groceries in Walgreens Stores
Kroger plans to sell groceries in branded sections of Walgreens Boots Alliance stores, as both retailers look for ways to keep customers loyal to their products.
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Mervyn King: Brexit deal like Nazi appeasement 4 Dec 1:41pm Mervyn King: Brexit deal like Nazi appeasement
Former Bank of England governor says the government's proposed Brexit deal is a betrayal of the UK.
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Indian multimillionaire ordered to give back pay to superyacht crew 4 Dec 1:32pm Indian multimillionaire ordered to give back pay to superyacht crew
Vijay Mallya, who is fighting extradition from UK to India, abandoned vessel after arrest for fraud The crew of Indian multimillionaire Vijay Mallya’s superyacht have been awarded almost $1m in back pay after the businessman and former Formula One team owner
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Bringing Older Americans Back Into the Fold 4 Dec 1:24pm Updated Bringing Older Americans Back Into the Fold
Marc Freedman, the president of Encore.org, is on a mission to reintegrate older people into the lives of younger ones.
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Spending at UK department stores falls for 13th month in a row 4 Dec 1:18pm Spending at UK department stores falls for 13th month in a row
Barclaycard data shows 7.1% slump in November as John Lewis suffers rapid reversal Spending at department stores fell for the 13th consecutive month in November, data has shown, as
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BT loses appeal to change method of pensions calculation 4 Dec 1:17pm BT loses appeal to change method of pensions calculation
Bid to use consumer prices index for future payments could have cost members £2bn BT has lost a legal bid to make changes to its pension scheme that unions claim would have transferred an estimated £2bn of wealth from scheme members to shareholders. The court of appeal
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Thomas Cook shares plunge amid fears over £389m debt mountain 4 Dec 12:54pm Updated Thomas Cook shares plunge amid fears over £389m debt mountain
Travel firm’s bosses try to reassure investors as its value slips below the size of its debt
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Thomson Reuters Plans to Slash 3,200 Jobs in Next Two Years 4 Dec 12:47pm Thomson Reuters Plans to Slash 3,200 Jobs in Next Two Years
Thomson Reuters plans to shed 3,200 jobs over the next two years as part of a pivot toward providing software services over producing content.
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Brexit: How will it affect chocolate supplies? 4 Dec 12:20pm Brexit: How will it affect chocolate supplies?
James Ecclestone runs a small chocolate factory and says that Brexit could force his company to move abroad.
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Half a million more low paid workers could be denied pension tax top-ups 4 Dec 12:06pm Half a million more low paid workers could be denied pension tax top-ups
The number of workers affected is set to swell next year due to pending tax changes, and the 'lottery' of what type of pension scheme their employer has chosen, say experts.
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FTSE CLOSE: Wickes owner Travis Perkins to make cuts at headoffice 4 Dec 12:04pm FTSE CLOSE: Wickes owner Travis Perkins to make cuts at headoffice
The Footsie closed down 0.5 per cent, or 39.65 points, at 7,022.76. Travis Perkins announced more cost cuts, while Thomas Cook saw shares plunge further amid debt fears.
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Playing Host to Climate Conference, Poland Promotes Coal 4 Dec 12:03pm Playing Host to Climate Conference, Poland Promotes Coal
As delegates to a United Nations climate conference discussed ways to tackle global warming, Poland made clear that it will not give up on coal anytime soon.
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How I bought a house without mum and dad 4 Dec 11:53am How I bought a house without mum and dad
Young first time buyers explain how they managed to get on the property ladder.
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Retire Sooner and Travel More, for Less 4 Dec 11:45am Retire Sooner and Travel More, for Less
Members of the retire-early movement talk about ways to maximize points, find deals on hotels and eat for less while on the road.
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Boomers Create a Surge in Luxury Care Communities 4 Dec 11:45am Boomers Create a Surge in Luxury Care Communities
These upscale communities offer a continuum of care from independent living to failing health, allowing people to age in one place.
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Young Women Have to Play Catch-Up in Retirement Savings 4 Dec 11:45am Young Women Have to Play Catch-Up in Retirement Savings
Despite the likelihood that they will be on their own financially as they age, women find many factors, including debt, hinder their ability to save.
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Why the World Needs to Rethink Retirement 4 Dec 11:45am Why the World Needs to Rethink Retirement
The global population is rapidly aging, the birthrate is declining, the pension shortfall is growing. Future retirees are on shaky ground.
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Maintaining Balance in Retirement Accounts 4 Dec 11:45am Maintaining Balance in Retirement Accounts
As you get closer to retirement, you need to shift your portfolio to reduce the amount devoted to those volatile stocks.
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France protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rises 4 Dec 11:35am Updated France protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rises
The prime minister announces a six-month postponement of the measures after weeks of violent protest.
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The Economic Forecast for 2019: Less Growth and More Uncertainty 4 Dec 11:25am Updated The Economic Forecast for 2019: Less Growth and More Uncertainty
Among the big questions: What will the Fed do? And what impact will President Trump’s trade policies have on business investment?
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Thomas Cook to slip out of FTSE 250 index in quarterly review 4 Dec 10:34am Thomas Cook to slip out of FTSE 250 index in quarterly review
Aston Martin is slated to join index as Royal Mail drops out of blue-chip FTSE 100 Travel company Thomas Cook is set to drop out of the FTSE 250 this month following a sharp fall in the market value of the company. On the flip side, Aston Martin is poised to enter the index two months after the luxury carmaker made its
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Thomas Cook looks set to drop out of the FTSE 250 as shares in the troubled travel firm slump 4 Dec 10:25am Thomas Cook looks set to drop out of the FTSE 250 as shares in the troubled travel firm slump
Thomas Cook's share price has plunged by 55 per cent over the past eight days alone, going from 48p last week to 21.9 today, its lowest level since December 2012.
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Trump trade truce meets deserved scepticism 4 Dec 10:25am Trump trade truce meets deserved scepticism
Judging by the euphoric reaction of markets on Monday, particularly equities and the price of oil and some other agricultural commodities, one could be forgiven for thinking that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping signed a free trade agreement at the G20 summit over the weekend.
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McConnell Predicts Lawmakers Will Avoid Government Shutdown 4 Dec 10:04am Updated McConnell Predicts Lawmakers Will Avoid Government Shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at the annual meeting of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, said neither party wants the political blame for a lapse in funding.
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Facebook bans the sale of community groups 4 Dec 9:59am Facebook bans the sale of community groups
Facebook confirms community groups should not be bought and sold, after one disbands in protest.
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Breakingviews: The Weed Industry May Be Better Off Without the Support of Big Tobacco 4 Dec 9:54am Breakingviews: The Weed Industry May Be Better Off Without the Support of Big Tobacco
Tobacco companies have cash and urgency, but weed companies can probably find better strategic partners from which to receive investment.
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Bank of England governor slams critics over Brexit analysis - business live 4 Dec 9:06am Updated Bank of England governor slams critics over Brexit analysis - business live
Mark Carney has defended his warning that disorderly Brexit would cause economic harm, as Jacob Rees-Mogg is accused of ‘contemptuous’ remarks
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Thomas Cook on course to crash out of FTSE 250 4 Dec 9:05am Thomas Cook on course to crash out of FTSE 250
Thomas Cook, the world's oldest tour operator, is set to be dumped out of the FTSE 250 following a savage erosion of its market value.
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Thomas Cook shares fall nearly 60% in eight days 4 Dec 9:00am Thomas Cook shares fall nearly 60% in eight days
Concerns over the travel firm's borrowing rose after it issued a second profit warning last week.
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France fuel protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rise 4 Dec 8:24am Updated France fuel protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rise
PM Edouard Philippe announces a six-month postponement of the measure after weeks of violent protest.
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How one family sold their home for nearly £500k with a interest free loan from the council to fix it 4 Dec 8:17am How one family sold their home for nearly £500k with a interest free loan from the council to fix it
If you own an empty property that needs renovation you could qualify for an interest free loan of up to £25k from your council to fix it so you can rent it out or sell it on
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Monzo steals the title of best bank for customer service while TSB plummets in the tables 4 Dec 7:41am Updated Monzo steals the title of best bank for customer service while TSB plummets in the tables
Monzo has been crowned the best bank for customer service in a new survey of 4,200 customers carried out by consumer group, Which?. How does your bank fare?
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What Brexit means for small and medium sized businesses as it stands 4 Dec 7:41am What Brexit means for small and medium sized businesses as it stands
Almost two-and-a-half years after Britain voted to leave the European Union and UK SMEs finally have some indication of what Brexit could mean for them, maybe.
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Mark Carney defends doomsday scenario for no-deal Brexit 4 Dec 7:38am Updated Mark Carney defends doomsday scenario for no-deal Brexit
Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the consequences he laid out from a chaotic departure from the bloc - including a deep recession - were a 'tail risk'.
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DealBook Briefing: Trump’s Trade Truce Is Mired in Confusion 4 Dec 7:22am DealBook Briefing: Trump’s Trade Truce Is Mired in Confusion
It’s just two days since President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China announced a reconciliation. But what promises were made remains far from clear
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West Brom offers 1.5% savings deal to match Marcus 4 Dec 7:22am West Brom offers 1.5% savings deal to match Marcus
West Bromwich BS has launched it’s own bid to topple Marcus by improving its easy access savings rate to 1.5. It joins the ranks of Kent Reliance and Virgin Money all offering the same rate.
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Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report 4 Dec 6:46am Updated Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report
HMRC's powers on tackling tax avoidance are undermining justice, says a House of Lords report.
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Brexit: Food prices could rise 10%, says Bank governor 4 Dec 6:46am Updated Brexit: Food prices could rise 10%, says Bank governor
The Bank of England governor tells MPs food prices could rise 5-10% if there is no Brexit deal.
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GTR owner Go-Ahead hit with sanctions after disastrous timetable changes 4 Dec 6:33am GTR owner Go-Ahead hit with sanctions after disastrous timetable changes
The Department for Transport said it is ‘holding GTR to account’ for their role in the disruption caused by the new timetables.
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Yo Sushi backer Mayfair plots Wightlink bid 4 Dec 6:18am Yo Sushi backer Mayfair plots Wightlink bid
The buyout firm behind the Yo Sushi chain of restaurants is plotting a takeover of Wightlink, the ferry operator which sails between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
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Travis Perkins to sell its plumbing and heating division and cut costs further 4 Dec 6:15am Updated Travis Perkins to sell its plumbing and heating division and cut costs further
The group, which owns DIY chain Wickes, said it is targeting cost savings of between £20million and £30million, which are expected to affect the firm’s 'above branch' and distribution cost base.
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Rail chaos: GTR ordered to spend £15m on improvements for passengers 4 Dec 6:10am Updated Rail chaos: GTR ordered to spend £15m on improvements for passengers
GTR is ordered to pay out to improve services for passengers by the Department for Transport.
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FTSE LIVE: Wickes owner Travis Perkins to make cuts at headoffice 4 Dec 6:05am Updated FTSE LIVE: Wickes owner Travis Perkins to make cuts at headoffice
Wickes owner Travis Perkins is to make cost cuts and offload its heating and plumbing business as it seeks to streamline the company.
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France fuel protests: PM Philippe to halt fuel tax rise 4 Dec 6:00am France fuel protests: PM Philippe to halt fuel tax rise
PM Edouard Philippe will suspend the measure after weeks of violent protests, he tells MPs.
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Carney warns no-deal would see 10% shopping bill hike 4 Dec 5:18am Carney warns no-deal would see 10% shopping bill hike
Mark Carney has warned that a no-deal Brexit could see average food shopping bills rise by 10%.
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Govia Thameslink keeps franchise but must pay out £15m over timetable chaos 4 Dec 5:07am Govia Thameslink keeps franchise but must pay out £15m over timetable chaos
Department for Transport also caps profit Go-Ahead Group can make from its contract Govia Thameslink Railway will hold on to Britain’s biggest rail franchise but must spend £15m on passenger improvements after its “unacceptable performance” during the
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Thomas Cook crashes another 22% amid fears over its £389m debt mountain 4 Dec 5:03am Updated Thomas Cook crashes another 22% amid fears over its £389m debt mountain
The value of the firm has slumped from £2.2bn in May to just £364m - less than the size of its debt. Thomas Cook now looks set to be ejected from the FTSE 250 index of mid-cap companies.
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Struggling DIY chain Wickes could be sold 4 Dec 3:56am Struggling DIY chain Wickes could be sold
Builders' merchant Travis Perkins is to explore the future sale of struggling DIY brand Wickes as it seeks to focus on its core business.
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How Henley-on-Thames beat the private parking sharks 4 Dec 3:27am Updated How Henley-on-Thames beat the private parking sharks
Residents of Henley-upon-Thames are celebrating victory after winning a battle against a private parking firm that was frequently slapping 'unfair' charges on visitors to its new hospital.
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We have two properties and want to buy a third - can we raise money to help with the mortgage? 4 Dec 3:26am Updated We have two properties and want to buy a third - can we raise money to help with the mortgage?
We're looking to buy a holiday home for between £325,000 and £400,000. Shall we get a mortgage, sell our buy-to-let, or look at second charge?
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Why were we fined £137 over a £4.20 toll pass in Hungary? 4 Dec 2:00am Why were we fined £137 over a £4.20 toll pass in Hungary?
Euro Parking Collection are chasing us for failing to buy an electronic e-vignette
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Black Friday fails to lift high street gloom 4 Dec 1:48am Black Friday fails to lift high street gloom
Black Friday failed to deliver a big enough boost to lift the beleaguered high street last month as like-for-like retail sales fell 0.5%, according to industry figures.
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Every Company Is Now a Tech Company 4 Dec 12:26am Every Company Is Now a Tech Company
That’s why all established businesses need to hire a “technical co-founder.”
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