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.... The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center proposed molecular marking, where criminals cannot see that fuel is marked but authorities can test to see if it is illegitimate, and better tracking of oil tanker trucks. Separately on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody’s said the oil price recovery in recent months had led it to upgrade the outlook for the major oil and gas companies from “stable” to “positive”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The squeeze means the major supermarkets are under pressure to keep prices low, creating tension with suppliers who want to pass on higher costs with the companies behind household brands such as Birds Eye fish fingers, Weetabix and Walkers crisps among those to have pushed through price rises in recent months. The slump in the pound’s value since June is estimated to have increased the cost of raw materials, such as sugar, wheat and packaging, by between 5% and 10% for UK food manufacturers, according to a recent report by analysts at Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... However, it is impossible to go overdrawn, which means no nasty charges if you go into the red. They can therefore be offered to people with poor credit ratings and those who might not qualify for other products, as well as people who don’t want a conventional account. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Austerity bites? Less chocolate for your money as packets shrink image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:05:16 AM
....The squeeze means the major supermarkets are under pressure to keep prices low, creating tension with suppliers who want to pass on higher costs with the companies behind household brands such as Birds Eye fish fingers, Weetabix and Walkers crisps among those to have pushed through price rises in recent months. The slump in the pound’s value since June is estimated to have increased the cost of raw materials, such as sugar, wheat and packaging, by between 5% and 10% for UK food manufacturers, according to a recent report by analysts at Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency. ...
Lords call for the banks to get back to basics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
.... However, it is impossible to go overdrawn, which means no nasty charges if you go into the red. They can therefore be offered to people with poor credit ratings and those who might not qualify for other products, as well as people who don’t want a conventional account. ...
Oil theft 'provides billions for terrorists and drug cartels' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:12:54 PM
.... The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center proposed molecular marking, where criminals cannot see that fuel is marked but authorities can test to see if it is illegitimate, and better tracking of oil tanker trucks. Separately on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody’s said the oil price recovery in recent months had led it to upgrade the outlook for the major oil and gas companies from “stable” to “positive”. ...
Seven ways to teach your kids about money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 06:30:31 AM
.... Students tend to be hit on by loads of banks, so explain the difference between an interest-free overdraft and a credit card with 16% APR. It is a good time to start a reasonable credit rating as they take over their own mobile phone contracts and register on the electoral role. ...
Zero tolerance from a not-so-smart parking firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:00:00 AM
.... It appears there is no recourse to appeal this charge through an independent mediator in Scotland. I don’t want to let this go to the stage that we are threatened with court action, as we are looking to buy our first home and would hate to damage our credit ratings. ...
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Violent criminals get off lighter than people late with their water bill image
.... Diana also alleges that Southern reported her to Experian the day before the sale completed. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the bill itself, the outcome was that Diana now has a default notice attached to her account at the credit rating agencies. ...
Do we need a credit check to find out whether we can remortgage? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:00:00 AM
....We owe £96,500 on our mortgage and, as the house is valued at £275,000, we could remortgage to fund either option. The only problem is that our credit ratings aren’t perfect. ...
How to drive a hard bargain image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Banks are offering record low APRs for larger loans of £7,500 or more with TSB and Sainsbury’s Bank charging just 2. 9 per cent for applicants with a squeaky-clean credit rating. ...
How Unilever foiled Kraft Heinz's £115bn takeover bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:15:00 PM
....Kraft’s offer was made partly in shares but mostly in cash, about £70bn, a sum that would have been funded by debt. This heavily-leveraged business model would have dragged down Unilever’s credit rating, leaving the combined company laden with a huge debt pile incurring substantial repayment costs. ...
Another Brexit downside: foreign giants in power grabs for famous British names image
....Although the sheer size of Unilever will limit the premium, the Anglo-Dutch company clearly feels this price does not reflect the risks involved in the deal. Kraft Heinz is reportedly keen to use Unilever’s strong credit rating to raise debt for the transaction – its own credit rating is close to junk – and part of the deal would involve Unilever investors getting shares in the enlarged company, so its future success would matter. ...
Let the councils build homes again and fix our broken housing market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of February 2017 07:00:09 AM
.... Instead we are in gridlock, with the communities secretary Sajid Javid issuing a white paper that acknowledges the housing market is “broken”, and which admits we need to build as many as 275,000 homes a year compared with the 190,000 last year – but then only think of fixes that do not involve borrowing a penny. Local authorities have excellent credit ratings and could use these to issue 30-year bonds on rates possibly as low as 1. ...
Trump presidency poses threat to global economy, warns Fitch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 04:37:52 PM
. Donald Trump’s presidency poses a risk to the global economy, a leading credit ratings agency has warned, highlighting his unpredictability, his administration’s aggressive tone and his break with established “norms” in international relations. ...
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long | Phil McDuff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 10:00:20 AM
.... My peers with actual “job” jobs are far outnumbered by those who’ve been living the “gig economy” for a decade or more. I didn’t get a “proper job” until my mid-30s, and the hangover means my credit rating still reads: “NOPE. ...
Moody's $864m penalty for ratings in run-up to 2008 financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 14th of January 2017 06:53:00 AM
. The credit rating agency Moody’s has agreed to pay nearly $864m to settle with US federal and state authorities over its ratings of risky mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the department of justice said on Friday. ...
How to tackle your debts if you overspent this Christmas image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 7th of January 2017 07:00:12 AM
.... On top of that, not everyone who applies will be offered the advertised deal. Some will be offered less favourable terms because, for example, their credit rating will be judged to be less than perfect. ...
Brexit, Trump and 25 spoons of sugar: our top business stories of 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:13:55 PM
.... Just as well they didn’t know then about Brexit and Donald Trump. In the turbulent aftermath of the EU referendum result, as the pound hit 31-year lows and shares tumbled again, Britain was stripped of its last AAA credit rating. ...
Toshiba shares fall 20% on deal warning image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 02:38:59 AM
....Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa apologised for "causing concern". Rating agencies Moody's and R&I both downgraded Toshiba's credit rating, which will make it more expensive for the company to borrow. ...
World Bank raises record $75bn to help poorest members image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 02:57:29 PM
....Despite budgetary pressures caused by slow growth and austerity, the Washington-based institution said 47 countries had agreed to make donations to the International Development Association – its fund for providing assistance to the least-developed nations. The bank said that for the first time in IDA’s 56-year history it would be using its strong credit rating to raise money for the fund from the world’s capital markets. ...
Britain's agency workers underpaid and exploited, thinktank says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of December 2016 12:01:08 AM
....Agency work is most prevalent in the healthcare and social sector, where 18% of all agency staff work, closely followed by manufacturing (17%) and business activities (17%). The latter includes conference organisers, credit rating agents, business consultants and literary agents. ...
Occupancy and revenues rise at Four Seasons Health Care image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 04:10:02 PM
.... Four Seasons said it had closed 20 homes in the past two years and sold many more, including 18 in the first nine months of this year. The company’s chief financial officer, Ben Taberner, dismissed warnings from credit rating agencies that the group’s financial position was unsustainable earlier this year as “scaremongering”. ...
Autumn statement: Hammond to crack down on letting fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:15:47 PM
....The figures from the OBR follow predictions from City forecasters that economic growth will slide from around 2% this year to little more than 1% in 2017. Meanwhile, the city credit ratings agency Moody’s warned that just managing families may find themselves unable to service their car loans and mortgages as a result of by rising inflation caused by Brexit. ...
South Africa sets out planned minimum wage level image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 01:13:55 PM
....It called for a higher minimum wage of at least 4,500 rand. South Africa faces a possible downgrade to sub-investment grade by credit ratings agencies next month, with concerns remaining over violent wage strikes. ...
Do YOU know when firms credit check you? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 11:59:00 AM
.... "One in five people don't even realise they are judged by their financial history when applying for a mortgage. Yet a poor credit rating can prompt firms to reject applications for a range of financial products. ...
How insurers are watching you online, and is it time to switch energy provider? image
....I’ve tried everything to get a BT line, but to no avail. A minor shunt that brought my credit rating crashing down. ...
Finding the right credit card ahead of your Christmas shopping image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 09:14:00 AM
....Somebody who has an “excellent” rating might be able to take out a credit card charging just 5. 94 per cent, while somebody with a poor credit rating could be charged 29. ...
A minor shunt that brought my credit rating crashing down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 07:00:02 AM
....”. Since you only have a year to get a contested CCJ removed from the court register, you have been deprived of the chance to clear your name, but NatWest says it has “worked hard” to get it hidden so it will no longer affect your credit rating. ...
China backs Brics nations despite global uncertainty image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 16th of October 2016 12:50:30 PM
....Ahead of the talks, he said it is "bigger today [than] even in the most optimistic scenario I thought 15 years ago, and it's primarily because of China". At the summit, the Brics leaders agreed to set up a new credit rating agency and expand the role of emerging economies, and recognised the threat from terrorism. ...
Personal loan war heats up as First Direct raises limit to £50,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 08:53:52 AM
....co. uk, the best personal loan rate on offer to someone with a fair credit rating is 14. ...
Rent-to-own debts rise as Citizens Advice warns on new types of loans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of September 2016 08:58:29 AM
.... When she moved house she used them to buy sofas, beds and washing machine, and she has so far spent around £6,000 on items that would be a fraction of that price if she could afford to buy them outright. “I couldn’t go to Curry’s or get them somewhere else because my credit rating is terrible,” she said. ...
Base-rate cut could lead to UK mortgages at less than 1% interest image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 05:57:30 PM
....According to analysts at Bernstein, which is based in the City, another rate cut from the Bank of England would drive standard two-year fixed-rate mortgages to 1. 1% – and to less than 1% for customers with a good credit rating. ...
Loss of EU passporting 'significant risk' to UK business, says Tyrie image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 03:28:51 PM
....It comes a day after the head of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, said that passporting rights were "tied to the single market" and would automatically cease to apply if Great Britain left the EEA. In a separate report, however, credit ratings agency Moody's said the loss of passporting rights would likely be "manageable" for most UK-based financial firms. ...
'New era' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of September 2016 08:52:08 AM
.... The second one is a pension reform that would increase the age of retirement. Moody's, the last of the major credit ratings agency to downgrade Brazil's bonds to junk, says Ms Rousseff's impeachment removed an element of political uncertainty that had been weighing on the economy for months, but that her removal offers "no guarantees" that Mr Temer will be able to find a consensus in Congress to approve his reforms. ...
Nationwide DOWN: Customer bills not paid as glitch stops money leaving accounts image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 1st of September 2016 08:18:00 AM
.... Why? Is this going to have a negative effect?. Defaulting on mortgage repayments and other bills can impact credit ratings and customers may be hit with late fees. ...
South Africa finance minister won't submit to police image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of August 2016 10:48:59 AM
.... . For many analysts, precious little has been achieved or is likely to be achieved by the end of the year, when the credit rating agencies may well downgrade South Africa's sovereign debt to junk status. ...

RBS would move HQ south in event of Yes vote in independence referendum
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 14th of August 2016 11:26:28 AM
....The bank also used its annual report this month to state that a second referendum would “greatly increase” the economic risks it is facing.   It said a Yes vote would result in “significant additional constitutional, political, regulatory and economic uncertainty” and would be likely to impact the bank’s credit ratings, funding and other costs. ...
A knife-point attack on holiday, mobiles stolen … then a £5,789 bill from Vodafone image
.... His provider, Vodafone again, refused to waive the charges until a barrister judged them likely to be invalid and offered to take up his case. A similar intransigence has threatened the credit rating and the stress levels of the Gilberts over the past 18 months. ...
South Africa regains Africa's 'biggest economy' title from Nigeria image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 01:25:25 PM
.... . Unemployment remains stubbornly high and a credit rating review is looming at the end of the year. ...
Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job - Shelter image
...."I was able to cover one month's rent from money I had in the bank - but even that was a struggle. "I had to apply for discretionary housing benefit and move my debts on to a payment plan, which will now affect all my future credit rating. ...

RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 06:31:01 AM
....A Yes vote to independence would result in “significant additional constitutional, political, regulatory and economic uncertainty” on top of that brought about by Brexit, it warned. The bank, which is one of Scotland’s most significant employers, said this would likely “significantly impact” on RBS’s credit ratings, funding and other costs. ...
EDF investors agree 4bn euros Hinkley Point fundraising image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of July 2016 01:20:39 AM
.... . "We need to boost our equity as market conditions are tough and we need to maintain the quality of our debt and our credit rating," EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said. ...
You’ve graduated – so what happens to your bank account? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 06:01:32 AM
....You’ll notice it invariably says “up to” on those overdraft offers – ie, the actual amount you are offered may end up being different (by which we mean lower). The amount you are offered will depend on your financial circumstances and your credit rating. ...
It’s summer! Here’s how to get the best deal for your travel money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 05:59:32 AM
.... The drawback is that you will be charged interest on the money from the moment you take it out of the machine, at a rate of 19%-26%, but so long as you pay off in full at the end of the month it is still cheaper than using a conventional debit card. Another drawback is that you may not actually qualify for a card from Halifax if your credit rating is a mess. ...
Homeowners in northern England 'most vulnerable to negative equity' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of July 2016 12:15:47 PM
. A 10% fall in house prices would put almost one in 10 borrowers in the north of England in negative equity, credit ratings agency Moody’s has warned, as the Bank of England said it was adjusting down its market forecasts in the wake of the Brexit vote. ...
Asian trade sees pound hovers around 31-year low image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 12:41:25 AM
....90 points. Australia's top AAA credit rating was reduced to "negative" from "stable" because of its large budget deficit and political risks stemming from the inconclusive elections held over the weekend. ...
Australian dollar shrugs off political limbo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of July 2016 12:40:57 AM
....The result will not be decided until at least Tuesday, which is when vote-counting resumes. The uncertainty, together with an increased risk of Australia having its "AAA" credit rating cut has "dented" the country's currency, according to Vishnu Varathan from Mizuho Bank. ...
Siemens UK warns that Brexit vote could hit investment image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 11:35:54 PM
....". EU credit rating cut after Brexit vote. ...
Brexit vote leads S&P to cut European Union credit rating image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 07:37:41 PM
....The UK's Brexit vote had triggered "greater uncertainty" over long term economic and financial planning. On Monday, S&P cut the UK's top AAA credit rating, saying Brexit could hit the economy and financial sector. ...
UK current account deficit remains near record image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 08:59:57 AM
....Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at IHS Global Insight, described the current account figures as "highly uncomfortable" for the UK economy. He added: "There is a substantial danger that the UK will find it increasingly hard to attract the inward flows of capital needed to finance the current account deficit, particularly given its recent credit rating downgrades and the very real possibility of more to come. ...
Brexit impact image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of June 2016 12:29:34 PM
....So what has happened that we know about so far?. The ratings agencies Fitch and S&P have indeed downgraded the UK's credit rating, meaning they think that lending money to the UK government is less safe than it was last week. ...
Ireland among countries most vulnerable to EU referendum shock image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 05:26:13 PM
. Ireland is among the most vulnerable countries to a post-EU referendum shock, the credit ratings agency Fitch has warned. ...
Shares stage recovery after referendum meltdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 04:11:34 PM
....European stock markets rallied in what analysts called a “dead cat bounce”, bringing some respite after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union wiped $3tn off global stocks. In their worst-ever rout, equity markets lost $2tn of their value on Friday, with a further $930bn wiped off on Monday when the UK was stripped of its last AAA credit rating. ...
Brexit: Asian leaders ready stimulus packages after Britain's vote to leave EU image
....Days after the UK referendum result wiped almost 8% off Japanese shares and sent the yen up sharply against the US dollar, officials in Tokyo have started drawing up plans to minimise Brexit’s impact on the world’s third-biggest economy. Related: UK loses triple-A credit rating after Brexit vote. ...
Vodafone billing chaos leaves mobile users disconnected and out of pocket image
....”. Two weeks before completing on the purchase of a house, Alex Czechowicz was told that his mortgage offer could be withdrawn because his credit rating had fallen, even though he had an unblemished financial record. ...
Osborne statement seeks to calm fears image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of June 2016 09:27:21 PM
....In other developments: . The UK's credit rating outlook was lowered on Friday night by Moody's, one of the three main ratings agencies, and banks expect sterling to remain volatile following the dramatic slide in the pound on Friday. ...
Torrid times image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of June 2016 06:17:43 PM
....For Britain the fall is more to do with a promise by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, to provide £250bn of liquidity to UK banks. Markets are yet to react to Friday night's decision by ratings agency Moody's to cut its outlook on Britain's credit rating outlook from stable to negative because Brexit would result in a "prolonged period of uncertainty". ...
EU referendum: What does a rating agency warning mean? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 25th of June 2016 04:00:16 PM
. The credit rating agency Moody's has said that the UK could have its credit rating downgraded after the country voted to leave the EU. ...
Not as secure? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 25th of June 2016 12:07:22 PM
. Moody's, one of the big three credit ratings agencies, has cut its outlook for the UK economy from "stable" to "negative". ...
Brexit vote leaves UK on brink of recession, economists say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of June 2016 12:24:21 PM
....Even before the victory for the leave camp had been confirmed, City analysts and businesses produced a flurry of dire economic warnings of months or even years of subpar growth. Related: UK's top credit rating at risk as Brexit recession looms - business live. ...
Warren would give a middle finger to Wall Street as Clinton's vice-president image
.... It was her brainchild, and she oversaw its construction, from scratch. To the extent that it is now reining in abusive lending practices and protecting consumers from fraud (its most recent endeavors involve payday lending, and it’s investigating prepaid credit cards), while providing guidance on banking fees and credit ratings, it’s thanks to Warren. ...
Tesco Mobile offers to cut users' bills if they watch ads plus buy-to-let landlords win payout image
....Ahead of this month’s referendum, we are looking at how the EU affects all aspects of UK life, including your mobile phone bill and your job. I have a great credit rating – but I can’t buy a smartphone on contract. ...
I have a great credit rating – but I can’t buy a smartphone on contract image
....I recently went to purchase my first smartphone on contract at a Carphone Warehouse store. But I was informed that the sale could not proceed because of a problem with my credit rating. ...
An old Cashplus prepaid card has ruined my credit rating image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of June 2016 06:00:32 AM
.... I wanted to use it for holiday spending abroad. Investigating a mortgage for a new home last year, I found that my credit rating had gone from excellent to very poor. ...
Hinkley Point C: French union opposition casts fresh doubt on project image
.... But the committee raised serious concerns over cost and demanded more information. Jean-Luc Magnaval, secretary of the central works committee, told BBC Newsnight that staff feared the high cost of Hinkley Point could cripple EDF, which is heavily indebted and recently had its credit rating cut by Moody’s. ...
House prices could fall by 18% if Britain quits EU, says George Osborne image
....6% less in cash terms than they are now. Moody’s, the credit rating agency, has highlighted the possible benefits of the UK leaving the EU for first-time buyers, as there would be “lower competition for housing, as house price and rental inflation would slow down if immigration is curbed”. ...
Co-op bank says bonus rules could mean higher salaries and costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of May 2016 02:46:43 PM
.... He is expected to be replaced by Liam Coleman, who became deputy chief executive in May. He took over, following a career at HSBC, at a time when the Co-op bank was in turmoil after the credit rating agency Moody’s had slashed the bank’s rating by six notches. ...
Oil prices rise by 2.5% to highest level since November image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of May 2016 03:57:01 PM
.... The cost of Brent crude slumped to $27 a barrel in January as oil firms were forced to increase their stocks to record levels. Related: Moody's downgrades Saudi Arabia credit rating over oil price slump. ...
Brexit could shift Europe's political centre of gravity, says Fitch image
. A vote for Brexit in next month’s referendum could lead to disharmony across the rest of the 28-member bloc, strengthen anti-EU groups and dent other European economies, a leading credit ratings agency has warned. ...
Moody's downgrades Saudi Arabia credit rating over oil price slump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of May 2016 12:48:53 AM
. Saudi Arabia’s credit rating has been downgraded by Moody’s because of the long and deep slump in oil prices. ...
Women could bear brunt of high street job losses, survey warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 11:30:00 AM
.... Many retailers, including B&Q and Waitrose, have been cutting staff benefits and pay for Sundays and bank holidays to offset the higher costs but others, such as Greggs, have said they can absorb the change without changing terms for staff. Moody’s, the credit rating agency, predicted last year that retailers would increase prices or cut large numbers of jobs as the national living wage rises to £9 by 2020. ...
Quiet crisis: why battle to prop up Italy's banks is vital to EU stability image
. Even a “small crisis” could trigger a chain of events that would threaten the stability of the European Union, the credit ratings agency Moody’s has said. ...
Quiet crisis: why battle to prop up Italy's banks is vital to EU stability image
. Even a “small crisis” could trigger a chain of events that would threaten the stability of the European Union, the credit ratings agency Moody’s has said. ...

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