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Boardroom coup rocks Debenhams: Mike Ashley leads a rebellion as crisis at department store deepens  10 Jan 4:51pm Boardroom coup rocks Debenhams: Mike Ashley leads a rebellion as crisis at department store deepens 
The Sports Direct tycoon, who owns nearly 30 per cent of shares in Debenhams, teamed up with another top investor to vote chairman and City veteran Sir Ian Cheshire off the board.
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Recession stalks the eurozone: Germany and France stall just as ECB ends quantitative easing 10 Jan 4:51pm Recession stalks the eurozone: Germany and France stall just as ECB ends quantitative easing
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the strong likelihood of a recession after the country's industrial production tumbled 1.9 per cent in November.
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Brighton Pier shaken by shock profit alert: Fresh blow for Luke Johnson 10 Jan 4:51pm Brighton Pier shaken by shock profit alert: Fresh blow for Luke Johnson
Brighton Pier Group, which owns the seaside town's 119-year-old pier, said that weekend disruption to train services had badly hit visitor numbers and profits would be a fifth lower than hoped.
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DAILY BRIEFING: HMRC crackdown on foreign firms trying to dodge paying their fair share of tax 10 Jan 4:50pm DAILY BRIEFING: HMRC crackdown on foreign firms trying to dodge paying their fair share of tax
HMRC is writing to companies it believes have dodged the diverted profits tax – a levy also known as the 'Google tax' – aimed at firms which shift their earnings abroad through accounting wizardry.
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 ALEX BRUMMER: Mixed fortunes for retail 10 Jan 4:50pm  ALEX BRUMMER: Mixed fortunes for retail
The capacity of Britain’s shopping giants to whinge knows no bounds. The latest bunch of end-of-year trading statements left no excuse unsaid. The weather is either too cold, too warm or too wet.
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The problems that people who don’t want smart meters are STILL encountering  10 Jan 3:35pm Updated The problems that people who don’t want smart meters are STILL encountering 
Smart meters, which show the amount of gas and electricity being used in a home, are designed to help customers save money on their bills - but not everybody wants one.
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Shareholder revolt forces Debenhams chairman Sir Ian Cheshire to step down 10 Jan 1:15pm Updated Shareholder revolt forces Debenhams chairman Sir Ian Cheshire to step down
Debenhams chairman Sir Ian Cheshire is to step down immediately after a rebellion by Sports Direct's Mike Ashley and another shareholder, Dubai-based Landmark Group.
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FTSE LIVE: Health of retail laid bare as M&S, Tesco and Debenhams reveal Christmas trading 10 Jan 12:54pm Updated FTSE LIVE: Health of retail laid bare as M&S, Tesco and Debenhams reveal Christmas trading
The FTSE 100 closed up 36.24 points at 6942.87 and the pound was at $1.28 against the dollar.
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Debenhams sales tumble over Christmas as shopper numbers fall at its stores 10 Jan 12:33pm Updated Debenhams sales tumble over Christmas as shopper numbers fall at its stores
Management is struggling to stop the rot at ailing department store chain Debenhams, which saw sales slide 3.6 per cent over the all-important Christmas period.
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Drivers who leave their car running to de-ice the windscreen face a £40 fine 10 Jan 11:22am Updated Drivers who leave their car running to de-ice the windscreen face a £40 fine
The common technique is considered an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, despite the fact most drivers in Britain use it to be safer on the road.
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Halfords shares are tanking after firm bizarrely blames the weather for falling sales this winter 10 Jan 8:04am Updated Halfords shares are tanking after firm bizarrely blames the weather for falling sales this winter
Halfords blamed warm weather over the last three months for a 1.7 per cent decline in sales, and some analysts are unconvinced.
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Rolls-Royce achieves record sales in 2018 10 Jan 7:40am Updated Rolls-Royce achieves record sales in 2018
Rolls-Royce glided to record sales of 4,107 super-luxury cars - the highest in the marque’s 115-year history – boosted by super-rich customers commissioning bespoke limos.
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Germany looks set to enter a recession after unexpected collapse 10 Jan 7:38am Germany looks set to enter a recession after unexpected collapse
The German economy stunned traders this week when it plummeted more sharply than expected. Industrial production fell by -1.9 percent in November, fuelling uncertainty in the market.
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MIDAS SHARE UPDATE: Bigger IS better... warehouse giant Tritax Big Box grows with online firms  10 Jan 7:09am Updated MIDAS SHARE UPDATE: Bigger IS better... warehouse giant Tritax Big Box grows with online firms 
Midas has long been a fan of Tritax Big Box , first recommending the shares when the company floated in 2013 at £1.00.
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: If you fancy a taste of brewery shares, then raise a glass to Greene King  10 Jan 7:07am Updated MIDAS SHARE TIPS: If you fancy a taste of brewery shares, then raise a glass to Greene King 
The company is proud of its heritage, stretching back to 1799, but Greene King owes much of its current structure to its 2015 acquisition of Spirit Group.
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Will travel insurance cover cancelled flights after a no-deal Brexit? 10 Jan 6:51am Will travel insurance cover cancelled flights after a no-deal Brexit?
Experts always tell you to buy travel insurance when you book your holiday, but will you be covered for any disruption if Britain crashes out without a deal?
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Tesco celebrates strongest Christmas sales numbers since 2009 10 Jan 6:42am Updated Tesco celebrates strongest Christmas sales numbers since 2009
The supermarket's 'Festive 5' vegetable offer proved particularly popular with shoppers, selling 19.7million units over the three weeks to Christmas.
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Jaguar Land Rover to cut up to 5,000 UK jobs due to diesel and China slumps and Brexit fears 10 Jan 6:25am Updated Jaguar Land Rover to cut up to 5,000 UK jobs due to diesel and China slumps and Brexit fears
Car giant Jaguar Land Rover will today reveal up to 5,000 job cuts mainly in the UK blaming a slump in sales in China, low demand for diesels, and concerns over Brexit.
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John Lewis staff bonus under threat for the first time in living memory 10 Jan 5:34am Updated John Lewis staff bonus under threat for the first time in living memory
Its 83,000 employees are usually awarded the payout in March, but they may be disappointed this year following slower sales growth and an expectation that profits will be 'substantially lower'.
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Our rented flat has mould growing on the walls, what can we do?  10 Jan 5:12am Updated Our rented flat has mould growing on the walls, what can we do? 
When we moved in the flat smelled a bit of damp, but we didn’t think much of it. Now, several months later, there is mould starting to grow on the walls and the damp is a lot worse.
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Business update to be announced by Jaguar Land Rover 10 Jan 5:04am Updated Business update to be announced by Jaguar Land Rover
Car giant Jaguar Land Rover will today reveal 5,000 job cuts in the UK - more than 10 per cent of its workforce - and will blame Brexit for some of its woes.
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Christmas crash: Worst festive trading for retailers since the credit crunch, index says 10 Jan 4:21am Updated Christmas crash: Worst festive trading for retailers since the credit crunch, index says
Sales growth flatlined last month, showing 0 per cent growth year-on-year, according to the closely followed British Retail Consortium-KPMG retail sales monitor.
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The January property sale quiz highlighting homes for sale on Zoopla 10 Jan 4:18am Updated The January property sale quiz highlighting homes for sale on Zoopla
Featured properties include a seven-bed house in Wiltshire and a two-bed-flat in Cumbria, with values cut by 50 per cent - which translates to millions of pounds on some of the homes.
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Britain named third best place in the world to work in survey of 22,000 expats 10 Jan 3:48am Updated Britain named third best place in the world to work in survey of 22,000 expats
Germany has been named as the best place in the world for globetrotting workers, beating out Bahrain and the UK.
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Marks & Spencer reports a 2.1 per cent drop in food sales over the Christmas period 10 Jan 2:41am Marks & Spencer reports a 2.1 per cent drop in food sales over the Christmas period
Tesco has reported a 2.2 per cent rise in UK like-for-like sales over the festive period, while the John Lewis Partnership said its sales rose 1.4 per cent to £2.2billion.
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