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McDonald’s could face first UK strikes

McDonald’s could face first UK strikes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global fast-food giant McDonald’s could face its first UK worker strikes Fast-food company McDonald’s could face its first staff strike in the UK, after workers at two stores backed a call for industrial action. Employees at McDonald’s restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, near London, voted overwhelmingly for a strike. […]

Trump ‘scraps infrastructure council plan’

Trump ‘scraps infrastructure council plan’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump talked about expediting infrastructure projects earlier this week President Trump is scrapping plans for a business panel on infrastructure, according to US media reports. A White House official said the infrastructure panel, which was still being formed, would not go ahead. The decision comes after two other […]

Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high

Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high

Image copyright PA Sales of British salmon helped the UK export a record amount of food and drink in the first half of the year, according to industry figures. Exports of the fish jumped more than 53% by value to £408m, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said. UK food and drink exports rose 8.5% […]

Pensioners told to head to West Sussex for happiness

Pensioners told to head to West Sussex for happiness

Image copyright Getty Images Its pleasures range from a visit to the stately Arundel Castle to flight delays at Gatwick airport. Yet it seems West Sussex offers retirees the best possible lifestyle. In a quality of retirement index, the county has overtaken Dorset as the top place for pensioners to live. The research, from Prudential […]

Topshop bosses out of fashion in Arcadia shake-up

Topshop bosses out of fashion in Arcadia shake-up

Image copyright Getty Images Topshop is the jewel in the crown of billionaire Sir Philip Green’s retail empire. But with the chain losing its sheen amid tough competition there are fresh attempts to keep it ahead of the game. In the latest shake-up at Sir Philip’s parent company Arcadia, Topshop’s creative boss Kate Phelan is […]

DIY firms Homebase and B&Q suffer sales slump

DIY firms Homebase and B&Q suffer sales slump

Image copyright PA The UK’s two biggest DIY chains, B&Q and Homebase, have both reported a slide in sales this summer. B&Q said sales at its established stores fell 5% in the three months to July amid a drop in demand for garden furniture and other summer products. The fall dragged shares in B&Q owner […]

UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

Image copyright Getty Images Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975. The squeeze on real incomes continues to grow, though at a slower pace. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year […]

Walnut wipeout whips up chocolate storm

Walnut wipeout whips up chocolate storm

Image copyright NESTLE Image caption Walnut Whips have been sold for more than a century First it was Toblerone that shrunk, followed by packets of Maltesers. But has the maker of the Walnut Whip gone too far in removing the famous nuts from a new version of the chocolate? Nestle is launching three new varieties […]

Brexit paper opposes Irish border posts

Brexit paper opposes Irish border posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The future management of the Irish border is one of three main priorities in UK-EU Brexit talks The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit. It suggests a “new customs partnership” […]

Admiral profits held back by rising personal injury costs

Admiral profits held back by rising personal injury costs

Image copyright PA Shares in Admiral sank 7% after the insurer said the rising cost of personal injury claims hit profits. The firm’s pre-tax profits rose 2% to £193m in the six months to the end of June 2017, as the number of UK insurance customers rose 11%. However, changes to the way payments are […]