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‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

One in 10 adults owns second home, says think tank

Image caption The number of landlords has risen significantly since 2002 As many as 5.2 million UK adults – or one in 10 – have bought or inherited a second home, according to research. Think tank the Resolution Foundation said the number of multiple home owners grew by 30% between 2002 and 2014. That figure […]

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. […]

Visits to UK rise amid fall in pound

Image copyright AFP The number of visitors to the UK rose to 3.5 million in June, up 7% from the same month last year, according to official figures. The number of visitors from North America shot up by 34%. While in the UK, the visitors spent £2.2bn, a rise of 2%, the Office for National […]

Kit Kat accused of copying Atari game Breakout

Kit Kat accused of copying Atari game Breakout

Image copyright Reuters Kit Kat’s maker Nestle has been accused of copying Breakout, the 1970s computer game, in a marketing campaign. Atari, the company behind some of the most popular early video games, has filed a suit alleging Nestle knowingly exploited the game’s look and feel. The advert showed a game similar to Breakout but […]

Google’s stance on neo-Nazis ‘dangerous’, says EFF

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Events in Charlottesville have spurred a national conversation in the US about far-right groups, free speech and censorship Decisions by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to eject a neo-Nazi site from their services were “dangerous”, a US-based digital rights group has said. The Daily Stormer had denigrated 23-year-old Heather Heyer […]

Trump scraps infrastructure council plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump talked about expediting infrastructure projects earlier this week President Trump is dropping plans to create an advisory group on infrastructure, a day after two other business panels were dissolved. The president has faced a backlash from business leaders over his remarks this week on white supremacists. A […]

Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high

Image copyright Getty Images Sales of British salmon helped the UK to export a record value 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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