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Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly two years

January 16, 2019

The UK inflation rate fell to 2.1% in December, from 2.3% the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure was the lowest in nearly two years, pushed down by petrol price falls. The inflation reading was in line with analysts’ expectations. The figure is close to […]


Chancellor hints at Article 50 delay

Chancellor Philip Hammond has raised the possibility of an extension to Article 50, the process by which the UK is due to exit the EU. In a call with business leaders on Tuesday evening, Mr Hammond sought to reassure the business community that a “no-deal” Brexit could be avoided. He outlined how the 29 March […]


Brexit: Theresa May faces confidence vote after huge defeat

Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence later after MPs rejected the PM’s Brexit deal. Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes. However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to […]


China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

January 15, 2019

Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang’e 4 is the first mission to land on and explore the […]


Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU

Feeling a little lost on Brexit? Never really got your head around it in the first place? Don’t know what this Tuesday’s vote is all about? Let us walk you through it. What is Brexit? Brexit is short for “British exit” – and is the word people use to talk about the United Kingdom’s decision […]


Reality Check: What should owners of old diesels do?

The government’s clean air strategy, which was published on Monday, describes reducing pollution from nitrogen oxides (NOx) as its most immediate challenge. NOx emissions come mainly from diesel vehicles. Much of the strategy on road transport had been announced previously, including the pledge from July to stop all sales of new conventional petrol or diesel powered […]


The multiple meanings of the Brexit vote

Forget what might happen when the tellers read out the numbers on Tuesday night, let’s think about what’s at stake. With Brexit, it’s nearly always subjective, but according to MPs and ministers of different flavours, these are some of the factors that matter and that the result might influence. Disagree at will of course – […]


M&S names next 17 stores it wants to close

Marks and Spencer has named the next wave of stores earmarked for closure in its reorganisation plan, including those in Huddersfield, Hull and Luton. The 17 proposed closures are part of the clothing, homeware and food retailer’s five-year plan to shut more than 100 stores by 2022. The latest plans will affect 1,045 staff, who […]


The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

January 11, 2019

If I offered you a superfood that would make you live longer, would you be interested? Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes. And it helps keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down. I should mention it’s cheap and widely […]


Trade war: Three things the US and China will never agree on

Trade talks between the US and China wrapped up this week with some optimism, but a deal still seems well out of reach. The lack of any specifics from the meeting shows how difficult it is for Washington and Beijing to resolve the most complex issues between them: intellectual property, technology transfer and market access, along with […]


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