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Ford and VW in talks about developing range of vans
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 5:10 am

The motor giants say they are 'investigating several joint projects" to boost their competitiveness. […]

General Electric drops out of Dow index
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Walgreens Boots Alliance will replace GE on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after more than 100 years. […]

Up in smoke
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:06 pm

After a boom period, the UK's vaping shops face an uncertain future which could see many close. […]

Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Less than a quarter of those living in rural areas use a smartphone for banking, regulator finds. […]

Which? calls on government to fix food labelling 'chaos'
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm

The UK should make 'traffic light' food labelling compulsory after Brexit, consumer group says. […]

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Stocks continue to slide as investors are rattled by the escalation of the US-China trade dispute. […]

Pure Gym boss calls for VAT-free memberships
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm

The head of Britain's biggest gym chain says the 20% tax on memberships is bad for people's health. […]

Asos to ban silk, cashmere and mohair from its website
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

The fashion retailer updates its animal welfare policy to say its site will be free of the materials by 2019. […]

Poundworld cuts 98 head office staff in Normanton
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

The discount retailer, which started in Wakefield in 1974, collapsed into administration last week. […]

Marriott checks in Alexa for room service
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:29 am

Marriott says digital assistant Alexa will be installed in some of its US properties. […]

Northern Rail: Guards row sparks fresh strikes
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:13 am

The RMT union says imposing driver-only services is a risk to public safety. […]

E.On announces 4.8% dual fuel price rise
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:05 am

Customers using both electricity and gas will pay an average of £55 more a year from August. […]

Debenhams warns on profits for third time this year
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 10:31 am

Chain's third profit warning this year comes amid "exceptionally difficult times" for UK retailers. […]

Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

Tesla chief Elon Musk says an employee carried out "extensive and damaging sabotage". […]

Water firms failed customers during 'Beast from the East'
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 6:16 am

The water industry regulator says firms did not support customers properly during the "Beast from the East". […]

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 2:33 am

The company breached consumer law by refusing to fix devices once serviced by third parties. […]

The personal stylists helping out-of-work women
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm

Smart Works charity offers styling and interview coaching for women who are struggling to find work. […]

Feeling the heat?
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet? […]

KPMG's audit work unacceptable, says watchdog
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 5:51 pm

The accounting industry regulator slams the deteriorating quality of KPMG's auditing of UK firms. […]

Audi chief Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions probe
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

There was a danger that Rupert Stadler could seek to suppress evidence, prosecutors say. […]

Don't bank on it: Why we fail to switch our accounts
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

The buyer of Virgin Money is likely to find winning customers from the "big four" banks a challenge. […]

Transforming Asia's skylines
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

The architect behind some of Asia's most spectacular new buildings discusses his designs. […]

Virgin Money bought by CYBG for £1.7bn
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 8:03 am

The combined group will be the UK's sixth-largest bank, with about six million customers. […]

Think about your customers' needs from the start
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 12:30 am

Medical app designer: to get your business off the ground quickly, think about your customers' needs right from the start. […]

Cancer and career
Posted on June 17, 2018 at 11:35 pm

How one entrepreneur had to quit work to battle cancer, leaving his co-founder to grow their company on his own. […]



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U.S. shale producers warn Chinese tariffs would hit energy exports
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

HOUSTON (Reuters) - China's proposed tariffs on U.S. petroleum imports, part of a mounting trade war between the two countries, would crimp sales to the shale industry's largest customer, adding new pressure on U.S. crude prices, energy executives and analysts said in interviews this week. […]

Dow-ned but not out: Expulsion no body blow for GE shareholders
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 4:48 am

(Reuters) - General Electric Co's expulsion from the elite Dow Jones Industrial Average may be a bitter pill to swallow for shareholders, but it could be little more than a publicity blow for investors in the 126-year-old struggling U.S. conglomerate. […]

China stocks extend slump, temper Asian bounce as trade war anxiety grows
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:54 am

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's stock markets slumped on Wednesday, extending a rout from the previous day as the prospect of a full-blown Sino-U.S. trade war put a dampener on the rest of Asian equities, even as they managed a modest bounce. […]

Asia business sentiment slips from seven-year high on trade worries: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:19 am

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Business confidence among Asian companies slipped for the first time in three quarters, on mounting worries that U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policies would trigger tit-for-tat reprisals and undermine the global trading system. […]

White House piles pressure on China after Trump tariff threat
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:15 am

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China has underestimated U.S. President Donald Trump's resolve to impose more tariffs unless it changes its "predatory" trade practices, a White House trade adviser said on Tuesday, as Trump greatly expanded the amount of Chinese imports possibly facing new duties. […]

Chinese paper says Trump administration has 'blood lust' over trade
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 2:39 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Trump administration has "blood lust" when it comes to pushing its trade agenda against China and wants to "suck the lifeblood" from the Chinese economy, an official state-run newspaper said on Wednesday, stepping up the rhetoric. […]

Starbucks closing cafes; CEO calls performance 'not acceptable'
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 1:29 am

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp forecast on Tuesday slower sales growth than Wall Street expected this quarter and plans to close about 150 U.S. cafes next fiscal year to boost performance, sending its shares down 2 percent after hours. […]

Silicon Valley-style coding boot camp seeks to reset Japan Inc
Posted on June 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

TOKYO (Reuters) - Barely six months after inaugurating a tiny software-coding boot camp in a basement in Tokyo, Silicon Valley transplant Kani Munidasa stood before some of Japan's top business leaders in February with a warning: software was threatening their future. […]

FedEx profit tops Wall Street estimates amid trade war worries
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - FedEx Corp reported fourth-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, as revenues and operating margins increased in each of the company's operating units. […]

ZTE, U.S. suppliers shares tank after Senate puts Trump reprieve in doubt
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares of ZTE Corp and its American business partners took a hit on Tuesday after the U.S. Senate's passage of a defense bill set up a potential battle with the White House over whether the Chinese telecoms firm can resume business with U.S. suppliers. […]