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Brexit: Jaguar Land Rover extends shutdown over no-deal fears

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Jaguar Land Rover is to extend its annual April shutdown in car production because of uncertainties around Brexit.The UK's biggest carmaker will be idle for an extra week because of fears of disruption at its car and engine plants in Liverpool, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.The shutdown during 8 to 12 April will be in addition to a scheduled closure the following week.Britain is due to leave
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Viagogo threatened with fresh court action

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Ticket reseller Viagogo has been threatened with another court appearance by Britain's competition watchdog and could face a large fine.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took Viagogo to court last year for breaking consumer protection law.The ticket seller was given a deadline of 17 January to comply with a series of changes, but the CMA said it still had "serious concerns" about the site.Geneva-based Viagogo
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The message from Darwen, Lancashire to world leaders in Davos

[ad_1] As world leaders, the bosses of the world's biggest companies and a sprinkling of celebrities gather in the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum, BBC Radio 5 Live has been seeking a different economic perspective in the Lancashire market town of Darwen. What matters to people and small business owners living and working there? And what's their message to people in Davos?Click here to listen
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Families borrowed to spend more in 2018

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The amount households spent each week in 2018 climbed to £572.60, the highest level since 2005, according to the latest Family Spending Survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).But families had to borrow, or use up savings, to fund their spending and investment activities.Transport was the biggest weekly spend, averaging £80.80, 14% of the total.Families also spent £76.10 on housing, fuel and power each
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‘I gave up milk for my health’

[ad_1] Image copyright Bekki Ramsay Image caption Bekki Ramsay is now drinking nut-based alternatives to milk Bekki Ramsay ditched milk last year for health reasons.But the 23-year-old from Newcastle also had concerns about the environmental impact of the dairy industry.She is one of a growing number of young people embracing dairy alternatives. A survey conducted by ComRes on behalf of the BBC found more than a quarter of 18 to
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Tesco and Carrefour to trial refillable container scheme

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe scheme will cover products such as toiletries and breakfast cereals to begin withToothpaste tablets instead of tubes, ice cream in aluminium tubs and body lotion in glass bottles could be what we're all buying in future if a new environmental scheme succeeds.Tesco and French supermarket Carrefour will trial a new, global online shopping service based on refillable rather than recyclable
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Poland’s PM wants to see more workers return from UK

[ad_1] Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has told the BBC he wants to see more workers return from the UK to help its domestic economy grow.He said that "more and more are coming back and I'm pleased about that because there is a low level of unemployment [in Poland]. Give us our people back".But he said people who want to stay in the UK should be allowed to, "and be
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Airbus warns of Brexit ‘harmful decisions’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airbus makes wings for the A380 and other models in the UK European planemaker Airbus has warned it could move wing-building out of the UK in the future if there is a no-deal Brexit. The firm's chief executive, Tom Enders, said the firm "will have to make potentially very harmful decisions for the UK" in the event of no deal."The UK's aerospace sector
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Microsoft’s Bing search engine inaccessible in China

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US tech giant Microsoft has confirmed that its search engine Bing is currently inaccessible in China. Social media users have expressed concern that the search engine might be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors. Chinese authorities operate a firewall that blocks many US tech platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Microsoft hasn't said if the outage may be due to censorship, or is
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Could women solve the global pilot shortage?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'The perception was women didn't fly aircraft'Claire Banks is about to fulfil her childhood dream of flying planes for a living.After almost a decade as a physiotherapist, her aviation career is now ready to take off.The 36-year-old from Lancashire in the north of England has just been offered a job as a pilot by UK carrier EasyJet, joining a small but
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Davos 2019: How dining in the dark can open your eyes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the "Dining in the Dark" event there weren't even candles Putting both your hands on someone's shoulders a few minutes after you've just met, feels strange, a little too intimate.But at the "Dining in the Dark" experience at Davos, we have no choice. We have to hold on to our waiter, Darren, so that he can guide us into the room. If
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Shops lose 70,000 jobs in a year, says BRC

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High Street shops are under pressure as never before UK shops and retailers employ 70,000 fewer people than they did a year ago as the High Street continues to decline, a survey indicates.In the final three months of 2018, the number of employees in the retail sector fell 2.2% year-on-year, while total hours worked fell by 2.8%, said the British Retail Consortium (BRC)."Frontline
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Real Madrid regains top spot in world football rich list

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Real Madrid has topped the table of the world's 20 richest football clubs, displacing Manchester United with record revenues of €750.9m (£674.6m).Man Utd slipped to third with Barcelona making it the first Spanish one-two since 2014-15, said Deloitte.Its Football Money League, based on season 2017-18, also shows the combined revenues of the top 20 clubs has risen 6% to €8.3bn (£7.4bn), a new record.There were
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I was made a scapegoat, says ex-Tesco director

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carl Rogberg, here with wife Amanda, says the four-and-a-half-year ordeal took its toll on his health. Tesco's former UK finance director feels he was made a scapegoat for the retailer's accounting scandal that wiped £1bn off the company's value.Carl Rogberg, cleared on Wednesday of fraud and false accounting, claims there was never a black hole in Tesco's accounts. The case centres on revelations in
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DHL could profit from no-deal Brexit, says boss

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deutsche Post DHL's chief executive, Frank Appel, says the firm has prepared for Brexit The boss of the world's largest logistics firm says that his company could profit from a no-deal Brexit. Deutsche Post DHL's chief executive Frank Appel said in the long run Brexit would not benefit the UK or the EU.But he said the firm might profit in the short term
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DHL boss: ‘We might benefit in the short term but Brexit not a good idea’

[ad_1] The chief executive of Deutsche Post DHL has told the BBC that a no-deal Brexit is not a good idea in the long term, even if his company benefits in the short term.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Frank Appel said people may have misinterpreted previous comments he had made and thought he was in favour of Brexit, but believes "we should not focus on short-term profits".See
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Prince Williams says celebrities shunned mental health charity

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused.The Duke of Cambridge said "a lot" of people were approached, but no one wanted to be associated with mental illness. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, he urged firms to help people open up on the issue.Heads Together was launched to help combat
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Barclays bosses ‘paid Qatar secret fees’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Barclays chief executive John Varley Senior Barclays bankers paid Qatar £322m in secret fees during the financial crisis in return for bailout funds, a court heard on Wednesday.The case against four former executives has been filed by the Serious Fraud Office over Barclays' £11.8bn rescue.The bank avoided a UK government bailout in 2008 by raising funds from Middle Eastern investors.The executives are