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....The professional nature of the attack initially led investigators to suspect a terrorist dimension to the attack. Three identical printed statements found near the crime scene – one attached to a post, the other placed inside the hedge where the explosiions occurred – had mentioned last December’s Islamist terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market and referenced the “caliphate”, initially seeming to corroborate investigators’ suspicions of a radical Islamist motive. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....And it’s not an entirely unreasonable point. Between autumn 1977 and Christmas 1979, interest rates rose from 5% to 17%. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....They pointed to a small but welcome act of generosity from the glamorous alleged fraudster last year. When a hit-and-run driver wiped out the village fir tree, which doubled as Tewin’s Christmas tree, the man once estimated by Forbes magazine to have been worth $1. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble: why ultra-low mortgage rates are dangerous | Jonn Elledge image
....And it’s not an entirely unreasonable point. Between autumn 1977 and Christmas 1979, interest rates rose from 5% to 17%. ...
Dortmund attack: man arrested on suspicion of share-dealing plot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 04:36:02 PM
....The professional nature of the attack initially led investigators to suspect a terrorist dimension to the attack. Three identical printed statements found near the crime scene – one attached to a post, the other placed inside the hedge where the explosiions occurred – had mentioned last December’s Islamist terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market and referenced the “caliphate”, initially seeming to corroborate investigators’ suspicions of a radical Islamist motive. ...
'Vijay Mallya can't avoid the law': Herts villagers on 'fugitive' billionaire neighbour image
....They pointed to a small but welcome act of generosity from the glamorous alleged fraudster last year. When a hit-and-run driver wiped out the village fir tree, which doubled as Tewin’s Christmas tree, the man once estimated by Forbes magazine to have been worth $1. ...
Barbie out of fashion as Mattel slumps image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 10:30:59 PM
....Sales of Fisher-Price also fell 9% in the first quarter of this year. Mattel was forced to slash prices to move unsold stock left over from the Christmas season, which combined with weak first quarter sales resulted in $113. ...
Bake Off auction seeks to whip up sponsorship bidding frenzy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:15:30 PM
....If a bidding war were to ensue it could eclipse the record near-£10m a year that TalkTalk paid to sponsor The X Factor. A deal of £8m-plus – which would also cover sponsorship of spin-offs such as Bake Off Extra Slice, celebrity and Christmas specials and new Paul Hollywood show A Baker’s Life – would make it one of the most expensive broadcast sponsorship deals on British television. ...
Next boss misses out on annual bonus for first time in 18 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 04:15:22 PM
.... The group is planning to drop five own-label womenswear lines including Therapy, Linea Weekend, Episode and Dickins & Jones as part of the shift in emphasis. Elliot said womenswear had been the toughest sector for House of Fraser in 2016 but strong sales of beauty products and a good Christmas helped more than double pre-tax profits, before exceptional items, to £3. ...
Care homes charging for rooms after residents die, watchdog finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 01:09:18 PM
....Many care homes charge the relatives of a deceased resident for a week so there is time to clear their belongings, but the CMA was told in submissions that families were being charged fees for “extended periods” after their relative’s room had been cleared. The CMA launched its investigation before Christmas, and is scheduled to deliver its interim report by 1 June. ...
BHS workers share £1m payout over failed redundancy process image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 06:59:27 AM
.... The Leeds employment tribunal awarded staff up to 90 days’ pay, ruling that staff were misinformed and some made redundant within hours of being consulted. In 2016 lawyers also won an employment tribunal claim on behalf of 340 City Link employees over the failure to properly consult when the parcel delivery firm imploded on Christmas Eve. ...
Sensors, scanners and surveillance: at the expo to outfit Trump's border wall image
....All this was but one small part of this week’s Border Security Expo in San Antonio, Texas, a three-day product showcase and networking jamboree for the architects and enforcers of Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Sales pitches zinged around the exhibition hall, the booths staffed mainly by men with crew cuts, chinos and a sense that Christmas, in the form of federal dollars, has come early. ...
Eggs-porting isn't easy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:14:15 PM
....It is a trend that hasn't escaped the notice of Sean Ramsden, chief executive of Ramsden International. The family firm specialises in exporting British food overseas and Mr Ramsden says Easter is its busiest period after Christmas. ...
Tesco looks to draw a line under accounting scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
....5m shares in JD nearly a year ago, only to see it prosper. After “exceptional” Christmas trading, JD promised that annual profits would be up again, a year on from reporting a 45% rise in earnings. ...
Advertising fail image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:57:06 PM
....Thankfully we've since moved on to pictures of diseased organs to put people off smoking instead. There wasn't any cheering when the US department store Bloomingdale's released its Christmas catalogue two years ago. ...
Bovis rejects Galliford Try bid – but hires rival's ex-boss as its new chief image
....Fitzgerald will have to improve build quality and customer service at Bovis, after the company set aside £7m to fix poorly built homes. It was accused of pressuring customers to move into unfinished homes before Christmas so it could hit sales targets. ...
A touch too difficult to get  a refund from Motorola image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 06:00:13 AM
....co. uk as a Christmas present for my wife. ...
No yolk: Cadbury and National Trust say Easter egg row is nonsense image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 05:15:40 PM
.... “The Church of England has much bigger problems with both falling attendances and debates about sexuality that make it appear morally out of touch,” he said. “With Easter, like Christmas, trying to work out where the ‘religious’ ends and the ‘secular’ begins is a pretty imprecise business in which the noisiest commentators clearly have axes to grind. ...
Hull after Brexit – will the City of Culture regret voting out? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 02:30:03 PM
....Steven Bayes, who has been a Labour councillor for Orchard Park and Greenwood for 32 years, says poverty has been an entrenched problem on the estate for generations. But he is bemused at people developing “a strange fear of foreigners” and believes the vote to leave the EU was like “turkeys voting for Christmas”. ...
‘Don’t be apologetic, you’ve nothing to apologise for’ – our work expert responds image
.... FatherChewyLouie. • I was made redundant by a retail firm just after Christmas. ...
UK households’ savings fall to record low in warning sign for economy image
....Commenting on the latest estimate of fourth quarter growth, the head of GDP at the ONS, Darren Morgan, said: “Growth in the final quarter remained unrevised at 0. 7%, with buoyant contributions from the retail and wholesale sectors in the run-up to Christmas. ...
EU departure but … UK sees record-breaking increase in visitors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 10:58:18 AM
....The British Hospitality Association also reports an increase of interest in travel to the UK: in its monthly travel monitor it found a 15% increase in spending by visitors from overseas. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “It is encouraging to see, yet again, a year-on-year boost in inbound holiday visitors following the Christmas period. ...
Sports Direct workers paid less than minimum wage yet to get back pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
....The hearings were part of the BEIS committee inquiry into the future world of work, with two sessions on Tuesday specifically looking at temporary employment agencies and their workers. While the committee heard evidence of how agencies can benefit workers and employees, particularly at times of high demand, such as Christmas, there were witnesses from within the employment agency industry who voiced damning criticisms of the sector. ...
Dyson plays down hard Brexit concerns as company posts £2.5bn record sales image
....The results include a 244% rise in sales in China while UK sales rose by a third. Popular products included Dyson’s new V8 cordless vacuum cleaner – its fastest-selling vacuum cleaner ever – and its first hairdryer, the supersonic, which was the second most sold item on John Lewis’s website before Christmas, behind chocolate coins. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....At Bellway and other housebuilders, about 70% of the workforce on London sites are from abroad. Several major housebuilders are understood to be concerned that some EU workers have not returned after the Christmas break. ...
The Trump bump for shares is dented – but watch where the oil price goes | Nils Pratley image
....It’s a similar story in the UK. Just as the Dow remains above 20,000, so the FTSE 100 index closed on Wednesday 300 points above the 7,000 mark, which it last passed around Christmas time. ...
The Observer view on George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:05:01 AM
....Osborne knows next to nothing about active journalism. His desultory debut there, a Times shopping column about the price of Christmas goodies in 1993, wins no awards. ...
Jewellery firm Tiffany makes 'patchy progress' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 04:19:06 PM
...."Just as was the case at the start of the year, Tiffany is still failing to connect with many shoppers segments and continues to lose ground to rivals," he says, adding that Europe was also a problem region for the company. Christmas has also become less important for jewellery buying, a key driver for Tiffany sales, a "distinctly unhelpful" trend, Mr Saunders says. ...
Piano gold hoard is 'life-changing' sovereign stockpile image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:08:09 AM
....A hoard of gold discovered hidden inside an old piano has been revealed to be a collection of sovereign coins. The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when the piano's new owners had it retuned and repaired. ...
Sainsbury's warns over 'uncertain' impact of pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:22:39 AM
....He saw little evidence of worsening consumer sentiment, so far. “Consumer incomes are still growing, albeit slightly slower than before Christmas. ...
Argument with Ikea about its strange logistics come to a head image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
....Nothing happened. After Christmas I phoned customer service and was told that a refund could only be issued if I made the long journey to the store. ...
There’s no love lost when it comes to Debenhams Flowers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 07:00:15 AM
. You recently covered a complaint about Debenhams’ failure to deliver flowers for Christmas. ...
Whose round is it? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:02:53 AM
....Should you socialise with your colleagues?. Are office Christmas parties worth it?. ...
Asda offers staff a pay rise for 'flexible' contract image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 03:18:08 PM
....The UK's third-biggest supermarket chain, after Tesco and Sainsbury's, has been struggling with declining sales. In the most recent quarter, over the Christmas period, it reported a 2. ...
Bovis in talks with rival builder Galliford Try after rejecting £1bn offer image
.... Its shares have underperformed the rest of the sector since last summer’s Brexit vote clouded the future for housebuilders. In January, the Bovis chief executive, David Ritchie, departed after the housebuilder took the City by surprise over Christmas with a profit warning. ...
Bang went Christmas as Domestic & General left us without a cooker image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:00:17 AM
.... Initially, the induction hob stopped working with an almighty electrical flash and bang, leaving us too frightened to use the cooker at all. Due to D&G’s inefficiency we were unable to cook our family Christmas dinner and were left with only with a George Foreman Grill, a hob ring and a microwave for three months. ...
Le Creuset proves its lifetime guarantee really is cast iron image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:00:00 AM
....You regularly feature good news stories of excellent customer service – well I think I can beat them all. I used a Le Creuset casserole dish I’d been given for Christmas for the first time, and when I washed it found a lot of odd black marks under the glaze. ...
Rethink rates now or face retail disaster, shops tell chancellor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:01:35 AM
....Britain’s hard-pressed retailers have urged Philip Hammond to rethink government plans for revamping business rates amid signs that rising inflation has led to the weakest high street spending in more than five years. A report from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG found that the spurt in consumer spending seen in the run-up to Christmas had come to an abrupt halt, with the result that non-food sales are falling for the first time since the economy was flirting with a double-dip recession in November 2011. ...
John Lewis and Waitrose owner set to reduce staff bonus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 04:49:46 PM
.... The highest payout in recent years was 18% in 2011. Despite enjoying strong trading over Christmas, the partnership warned in January that the annual bonus would be significantly lower than last year. ...
Has wearable tech had its day? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:47:11 AM
....Microsoft has removed its Fitness Band on its online store (although it is still available on retail giant Amazon) and crucially no longer provides the Band developer kits. Fitbit remains a key brand name at the heart of the fitness tracker revolution - and it acquired one of its rivals, the Pebble Watch - but it was recently reported to be laying off staff, and founder James Park said the firm experienced "softer than expected" sales during the recent Christmas period. ...
Tesco to replace 1,700 managers with lower-paid staff image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 03:31:16 PM
....Earlier this month, Waitrose said it would shut six supermarkets and also remove a layer of management, cutting 700 jobs in the process, along with the removal of 180 department manager posts in its 350 stores. The latest sales figures from Tesco showed that in the six weeks to 7 January, which covers the key Christmas period, like-for-like sales rose 0. ...
Going nowhere as French train tickets are a no-show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 07:00:03 AM
.... Since then I’ve made countless phone calls to Barcelona and sent several emails, and still no refund, no apology. However, I have found out that just before Christmas it made a refund to my card for the £63. ...
Jessops leaves me out of the picture over movie camera repairs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 07:00:23 AM
.... I seem to be no nearer to getting it back after more than seven months. I have missed important opportunities to use it, including summer holidays and Christmas. ...
BA cabin crew to stage a new seven-day strike over pay image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 05:30:11 PM
....A pay rise of 2% in the first year, and 2. 5% in years two and three was rejected by Unite members shortly before Christmas. ...
John Lewis cuts hundreds of jobs amid online shift image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 08:49:50 PM
...."These proposals will allow us to modernise our business as it adapts to the changing needs of our customers and the role that shops play in their lives," said Dino Rocos, John Lewis operations director. More than 40% of sales at John Lewis over Christmas were online. ...
Green Investment Bank: Australian bidder woos MPs as protests continue image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 10:33:25 AM
....The delay over the sale, which had been expected to complete in January, is down to Macquarie and the government haggling over a final price in the region of £2bn, the Guardian understands. The Australian bank was selected as preferred bidder last October, and submitted a revised bid after Christmas. ...
Is it still a man's world behind the camera? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 01:21:36 AM
.... . She also worked on the brains in jars with eyeballs which featured in last year's Christmas special. ...
'Employers are missing out' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:56:58 AM
....That's according to leading charity Arthritis Research UK. This isn't just based on anecdotal evidence - before Christmas the charity questioned more than 2,000 people about their attitudes and experience regarding health and the workplace. ...
Baby boomers don’t deserve to be punished | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 06:31:16 PM
....Employees were valued and treated well. Most firms had a good – contributory – pension scheme, canteen and often Christmas parties for children of employees, all paid for by the company. ...
World’s first transgender doll to be unveiled at New York toy fair image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 06:50:08 PM
....”. The New York Toy Fair will also be hosting the launch of a new range of Hatchimals, which were the must-have present for Christmas 2016. ...
UK enjoys record tourism as fall in pound boosts visitor numbers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 05:58:19 PM
.... Americans visiting Britain paid less for hotels and got more pounds when they exchanged their holiday money. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a rush in the run-up to Christmas, with visits from North America up 15% in the final three months of 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier. ...
Brexit vote begins to bite as rising food and fuel bills hit retail sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 12:51:52 PM
.... Adding to evidence of ailing consumer sentiment, December’s weak performance was revised even lower in the latest sales update to show a 2. 1% decline over the Christmas period. ...
Debenhams tops government's shame list for underpaying staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 07:14:42 PM
.... The businesses were forced to pay back £995,233 to workers as well as penalties totalling £800,000 to HMRC. Excuses for underpaying workers included using tips to top up pay, docking workers’ wages to pay for their Christmas party and making staff pay for their own uniforms out of their salary. ...
Weak pound and rising inflation push clothing spend to five-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
. Britons slashed their spending on new clothes and shied away from the high street in January as they juggled Christmas debts and rising living costs. ...
No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 10:00:03 AM
.... The movers were hoping for a “junk in”, but Larraine asked that her things be taken to storage. The movers began filling boxes with Larraine’s things: the white utensils in the kitchen, a Christmas gift for her grandson. ...
Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 06:00:37 AM
....Ostensibly, this flies in the face of the government’s perceived commitment to arms control. On Christmas Eve 2014, the Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood welcomed the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty. ...
Hundreds of Waitrose jobs may go as retailer plans six store closures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 08:17:54 PM
.... The company said the new stores would create 600 jobs. Waitrose had a strong Christmas, with sales at established stores up by 2. ...
UK supreme court backs woman's right to receive late partner's pension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 10:31:29 AM
....Denise Brewster, from Coleraine, had been living with Lenny McMullan for 10 years. They were engaged on Christmas Eve 2009 but he died suddenly in the early hours of Boxing Day morning. ...
Aldi becomes UK's fifth largest supermarket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 09:18:50 AM
....2013 Horsemeat scandal taints supermarket. Later that year it doubles luxury Christmas range to include lobster and launches major seasonal ad campaign. ...
Funds still missing after  our house move from hell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 06:59:20 AM
.... The lender’s response was that they were released correctly, and it didn’t offer any real help. It was a disaster – families in the purchase chain had their possessions in lorries over the Christmas period while waiting on this issue to be resolved. ...
Greek debt crisis: an existentialist drama with no good end in sight | Larry Elliott image
....With public support waning, Tsipras is once again hanging tough. He aroused the ire of the Europeans by giving a Christmas bonus to pensioners and free school meals to poverty-stricken families. ...
War of convenience as supermarket chains take on small stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 04:00:33 PM
.... Tesco’s boss at the time, Sir Terry Leahy, tabled his offer at the end of October and his comments echo those of Lewis today when he promised it was “great news for customers”. Things moved quickly and Leahy was able to toast the deal’s success over that year’s Christmas dinner after Patricia Hewitt, then secretary of state for trade and industry at the time, waved it through. ...
Waterstones makes first year of profit since 2008 financial crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 04:59:43 PM
.... Sales growth has continued in the past year, with a 4. 7% rise over Christmas. ...
Brum rush: Birmingham becomes tourist hotspot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 07:05:07 AM
....The influx of visitors to Birmingham in 2016 provided a fillip to local businesses, with the average spend per head increasing to £82 in 2016, up from £61 three years ago. Stallholders at the Frankfurt Christmas market enjoyed record takings with the event generating £400m for the local economy. ...
Criminal inquiry begins after battery is found in Co-op chocolate bunny image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 06:21:10 PM
....It is the second alleged “tampering” incident involving Co-op chocolate products in six weeks. There was a national recall of chocolate Santas just before Christmas after batteries were found inside two of them. ...
Ex-UBS and Citigroup trader jailed over Libor seeks review of case image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:00:15 AM
....However, last year Citibank settled charges with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission that included “the false reporting of US dollar Libor at times to avoid generating negative media attention and to protect its reputation during the financial crisis from the spring of 2008 through the summer of 2009”. Hayes concluded: “I spent Christmas 2016 in prison, as I did the last, desperately missing my family. ...
E-Scooters scoots off with our hard-earned £600 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 10:30:27 AM
....co. uk) for our kids for Christmas, paying £600 to the company by bank transfer at the beginning of December. ...
How buying a Bovis home came with hundreds of snags image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
. When Helen Batt went to view her recently purchased £389,995 Bovis-built home in Maidstone, Kent, for the first time before Christmas, she was expecting to see a spanking new four-bedroom house. ...
Nissan Qashqai owners driven mad by engine failures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
.... It was finally returned, only for the problem to re-emerge just weeks later. Just before Christmas Keogh had to take the car back to the dealer again, and says she was left in tears after being informed that it would require another engine rebuild – just three weeks before she was due to give birth. ...
Hermes courier: 'I felt pressured to work while caring for my dying son' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 06:02:39 PM
....Amandeep Kaur, 29, a Hermes courier from Leicester, was in the back of an ambulance rushing her seriously ill son to hospital when she first felt the pressure to get back to work. It was two weeks before Christmas, one of the busiest periods for Britain’s booming parcel delivery industry, but Kaur’s six-year-old, Sukhmanjeet, had collapsed at home and she could not make her deliveries. ...
Dow Jones industrial average surpasses 20,000 to record high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 02:30:48 PM
. The Dow Jones industrial average finally broke through the 20,000 barrier on Wednesday morning – a historic high for the leading stock market index and one it has been close to breaching since Christmas. ...
This SIMPLE TRICK helped a bargain hunter SAVE £3,400 on his annual food shopping bill image
....He said: "I love sharing deals I find online, and the UK seems to have a penchant for it. "The Facebook page really took off in the run-up to Christmas when everyone was looking for a bargain. ...
Five on Brexit Island lifts WH Smith sales as adult colouring books fade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:47:01 AM
....”. The retailer, which this year celebrates its 225thbirthday, said higher customer numbers at its airport shops over Christmas also helped boosted trade. ...
Brexit economy: weak pound stokes inflation as jobs market cools image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:09:22 AM
.... The UK’s trade position deteriorated further on the latest official measures as a jump in imports eclipsed a pick-up in exports. And in a worrying omen for an economy reliant on consumer spending, retail sales fell over the crucial Christmas period. ...
Toy makers warn of price rises as pound's Brexit plunge hits costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 05:11:39 PM
....“Toys are produced with an 18-month lead-in time, so while some conversations about pricing have already taken place, clearly some tough commercial decisions are having to be made now,” Crookes said. She was speaking at the Toy Fair, a three-day BTHA event at the Olympia in London featuring 270 exhibitors showcasing toys and games likely to be popular next Christmas. ...
Courgette crisis: Spanish farmers hope the worst is over image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 12:01:02 PM
....Murcia, in south-eastern Spain, is one of Europe’s biggest vegetable-producing regions – a land of lettuces, courgettes, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and artichokes. After suffering three years of drought, moisture has recently returned in vengeful abundance: heavy rains in December dumped more rain on Murcia in six weeks than it had seen in the previous 156; floods wiped out half the Christmas lettuce crop and then, a few weeks later, came the heaviest snows in more than 30 years. ...

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