'Mental health issues can break lives'
21/01/2020 | news | business | 95
Antonio Horta-Osario has personal experience of how workplace stress can affect anyone.
Dixons gets its sales figures the wrong way round
21/01/2020 | news | business | 645
Currys PC World owner reissues its Christmas trading statement to say sales went down, not up.
Facebook creates 1,000 new UK jobs
20/01/2020 | news | business | 162
The firm says the new roles will include adding to its team tackling harmful online content.
Workplace bullying: 'Fear is the biggest factor'
20/01/2020 | news | business | 74
A quarter of employees think their firm turns a blind eye to workplace harassment, says a report.
Department store Beales falls into administration
20/01/2020 | news | business | 845
The collapse of the company, founded in 1881, puts more than 1,000 jobs at risk
Shopping centre owner seeks emergency cash
20/01/2020 | news | business | 162
Intu, owner of the Trafford Centre and Lakeside, asks investors for money to shore up finances.
More precious than gold: Why palladium is soaring
20/01/2020 | news | business | 201
The price of the precious metal palladium has hit a record high of $2,500 an ounce as demand rises.
HS2: Give me the facts, says Shapps
20/01/2020 | news | business | 2,011
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps faces a "massive decision" as a leaked report suggests the rail link could cost £106bn.
Retail sales fall sharply in December
17/01/2020 | news | business | 879
A fifth straight month without growth adds to pressure on the Bank of England to cut interest rates.
Flybe confirms it will get a tax and duty holiday
17/01/2020 | news | business | 231
But the struggling airline says the debt with tax authorities is far lower than reported.
UK pub numbers rise for the first time in a decade
16/01/2020 | news | business | 1,058
More venues opened in 2019 as more customers opted for food instead of just drinking alcohol.
Asda trials refills at 'sustainability store'
16/01/2020 | news | business | 657
Shoppers can fill their own containers at the store, as the supermarket tries to reduce plastic waste.
Estate agents report 'uplift' in housing market
15/01/2020 | news | business | 138
Expectations of future sales have "risen sharply" according to property professionals.
Greggs picks Just Eat for home deliveries
15/01/2020 | news | business | 275
The High Street food giant chooses its delivery partner as the market for takeaways continues to grow.
Interest rate cut chances rise as inflation falls
15/01/2020 | news | business | 929
Speculation grows that UK interest rates will be cut after inflation slows in December.
Backlash against Flybe's government rescue grows
15/01/2020 | news | business | 2,763
British Airways' owner IAG files a complaint to the EU arguing Flybe's rescue breaks state aid rules.
Santander latest bank to set 40% overdraft rate
14/01/2020 | news | business | 897
The move comes as the bank cuts the interest rate it pays on its flagship current account.
Gambling on credit cards to be banned
14/01/2020 | news | business | 646
The ban, which starts on 14 April, comes after reviews of the industry by the commission and the government.
Government considers new funding for Flybe
13/01/2020 | news | business | 424
The prime minister says there is "no doubt" about the importance of regional airline Flybe.
Weak November weighs on UK growth
13/01/2020 | news | business | 741
Official statistics show the economy grew by just 0.1% in the three months to November.
Beales boss: 'Councils really don't care'
13/01/2020 | news | business | 727
The boss of struggling department store chain Beales says councils are failing to support the High Street.
Christmas retail winners and losers
09/01/2020 | news | business | 137
Some retailers had a cracking Christmas, while for some, 2019 was a bit of a turkey.
Banks told to stop short-changing loyal savers
09/01/2020 | news | business | 244
Millions of savers who leave money in the same account for years should get a better deal, the regulator says.
John Lewis warns it may not pay staff bonus
09/01/2020 | news | business | 374
The retail group warns on profits as John Lewis managing director Paula Nickolds steps down.
Twitter to test 'block all replies' function
09/01/2020 | news | business | 61
The move comes as social media firms come under pressure to tackle harassment on their sites.
'Worst year for retail in 25 years'
08/01/2020 | news | business | 58
Total sales fell last year for the first time since 1995, says the British Retail Consortium.
Thousands of Greggs staff to get £300 bonus
08/01/2020 | news | business | 438
The bakery chain says its "now iconic" vegan sausage roll helped boost sales.
Sainsbury's blames toy sales for quiet Christmas
08/01/2020 | news | business | 261
The supermarket revealed that like-for-like sales were down 0.7% in the final 15 weeks of the year.
Cost of living 'outstripped house prices in 2010s'
07/01/2020 | news | business | 146
Property values were down by 1% after taking inflation into account, the Nationwide Building Society says.
Quarter of minimum wage workers 'underpaid'
07/01/2020 | news | business | 88
Firms which fail to pay the minimum wage should face tougher penalties, the Resolution Foundation says.
Drivers 'may be feeling effects of oil price rise'
07/01/2020 | news | business | 691
Rising tensions between the US and Iran will drive prices higher at the pumps, the RAC says.
Christmas pudding sales burnt out in festive period
07/01/2020 | news | business | 709
Figures show sales of the traditional festive dessert fell by 16% in the UK in the run-up to Christmas.
Crossrail could be delayed until autumn 2021
06/01/2020 | news | business | 45
The project was originally supposed to be finished in December 2018 but has suffered several setbacks.
'Infrastructure revolution' in March Budget
06/01/2020 | news | business | 678
Chancellor Sajid Javid sets 11 March as the date for his first Budget - the first since the general election.
Energy customers hit with backdated bills
06/01/2020 | news | business | 326
Householders are getting billed extra for energy they used years ago, despite a ban on the practice.
Funeral costs rise again 'to more than £4,400'
06/01/2020 | news | business | 202
Rising burial fees mean funeral costs went up by more than 9% in a year in some regions, SunLife says.
Burger King's plant-based Whopper 'not for vegans'
06/01/2020 | news | business | 1,468
Vegans and vegetarians may find the fast food chain's new meat-free burger an acquired taste.
Top bosses 'earn average salary within three days'
05/01/2020 | news | business | 1,303
The average wage of a FTSE 100 boss equated to more than £900 an hour, research suggests.
HS2 costs out of control, says review deputy chair
04/01/2020 | news | business | 426
Lord Berkeley says MPs were "misled" about the line's costs, which he says will be more than £108bn.
New car registrations at lowest level since 2013
03/01/2020 | news | business | 1,081
It is the third consecutive year of decline, driven by weak confidence and confusion over new rules.
House price rise 'over 1% for first time in a year'
03/01/2020 | news | business | 478
Slow price growth should help first-time buyers but saving for a deposit can take years, Nationwide says.
Energy firms to pay £10.5m over August power cut
02/01/2020 | news | business | 249
The power cut left more than a million people without electricity and severely affected rail services.
Northern could lose rail franchise, says Shapps
02/01/2020 | news | business | 874
The transport secretary says he is "not prepared" to tolerate the firm's "unacceptable" performance.
Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold
19/12/2019 | news | business | 160
Rates could be cut if global growth does not recover or Brexit uncertainty persists, the Bank indicates.
Retail sales fall sharply in November
19/12/2019 | news | business | 219
Shoppers continued to keep a tight grip on spending amid uncertainty about Brexit and the election.
'Time to tackle online giants' says UK regulator
18/12/2019 | news | business | 119
Competition watchdog's comments come amid reports of government plans to regulate big tech.
UK banks to face climate stress tests
18/12/2019 | news | business | 86
The Bank of England launches an ambitious attempt to quantify the financial risks of climate change.
Vauxhall union seeks guarantees over car merger
18/12/2019 | news | business | 185
A planned merger of Fiat Chrysler and Vauxhall-owner PSA Group raises concerns about the UK operation.
How much do you spend on a night out?
17/12/2019 | news | business | 165
Sarah, 30, says she could have paid for a holiday with the money she blew on one expensive night out.
Pound erases election gains amid Brexit concerns
17/12/2019 | news | business | 335
The pound is back down to where it was before the UK general election as Brexit concerns resurface.
UK unemployment falls to lowest level since 1975
17/12/2019 | news | business | 877
Employment rises to all-time high, while wage growth slows less sharply from August to October.
Wetherspoons hit by pigs in blankets shortage
17/12/2019 | news | business | 390
The problem in its pubs follows meat industry warnings that the treats may be in short supply.
Investors may pay for short-notice withdrawals
16/12/2019 | news | business | 169
Banking regulators are proposing changes after the suspensions of the Woodford and M&G property funds.
More House of Fraser stores to close
16/12/2019 | news | business | 79
Sports Direct says it will be closing 'unprofitable' House of Fraser stores in the next 12 months.
Water firms hit by toughest crackdown in 30 years
15/12/2019 | news | business | 347
The regulator announces a cap on investor returns as it cuts the average bill by £50 over five years.
Three key economic questions for Boris Johnson
13/12/2019 | news | business | 848
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tough decisions to make on who to align the UK more closely with.
What does business want from Boris Johnson?
13/12/2019 | news | business | 309
Many firms will welcome an end to the Brexit stalemate but firms want action elsewhere too.
Businesses urge Johnson to secure trade deals
13/12/2019 | news | business | 260
Bosses have called on the prime minister to secure the future terms of trade with the EU.
Pound and shares surge on election result
12/12/2019 | news | business | 1,666
The FTSE is higher while sterling hits its highest level against the dollar since June last year.
The general election and the volatile pound
11/12/2019 | news | business | 322
Election night could be a long one for financial traders, with sterling the most sensitive market to political events.
Most-viewed mansions of 2019 revealed
10/12/2019 | news | business | 228
Castles and mirrored ceilings attracted clicks among window shoppers on a property website.
UK growth slowest since early 2009
10/12/2019 | news | business | 2,165
The economy sees the weakest three months for more than a decade as growth flatlines.
Wetherspoon pub chain 'to create 10,000 jobs'
10/12/2019 | news | business | 338
The chain says it will invest £200m in new pubs and hotels, as well as enlarging existing ones.
'We’re sorry for Thomas Cook refund delay'
10/12/2019 | news | business | 91
The body issuing refunds to customers of the tour operator has apologised for payment delays.
British power plant promises to go carbon negative
09/12/2019 | news | business | 122
Drax, which generates 5% of UK power, says it will capture more carbon than it produces by 2030.
Rise of SUVs 'makes mockery' of electric car push
09/12/2019 | news | business | 1,203
Exhaust emissions from new cars have been increasing for the past three years, research suggests.
'Thomas Cook crash almost ruined my engagement'
09/12/2019 | news | business | 24
First, the tour firm's failure risked a surprise marriage proposal, now Corryn Banham is trying to get her money back.
Polluting firms 'will be hit by climate policies'
08/12/2019 | news | business | 216
Which business sectors will be winners and losers when, and if, climate change policies take affect?
Some West Coast Rail fares to be capped
06/12/2019 | news | business | 141
The UK's competition watchdog agrees to cap rail fares on certain routes between Scotland and Preston.
UK household debts see big increase
05/12/2019 | news | business | 1,089
Debts including credit card debt and personal loans have risen 11% to £119bn in two years.
HSBC to bring in single overdraft rate of 40%
04/12/2019 | news | business | 421
The move will as much as quadruple the rate it charges some customers.
Pound surges to two-year high against the euro
04/12/2019 | news | business | 570
The pound is the highest against the dollar in seven months and the highest against the euro since May 2017.
Black Friday brings UK retailers 'welcome' boost
03/12/2019 | news | business | 309
Sales volumes over the weekend in the UK rose by more than 7% from last year, Barclaycard says.
Labour pledges to cut rail fares by a third
01/12/2019 | news | business | 3,699
The party vows to slash rail fares and make travel free for young people under the age of 16.
Energy supplier Npower to axe up to 4,500 jobs
29/11/2019 | news | business | 1,123
Three call centres face closure under a restructuring plan that unions called a "cruel blow".
Deadline for UK drone registration approaches
28/11/2019 | news | business | 101
Drone owners in the UK must register them by the end of Friday or face a £1,000 fine.
TSB branch closure locations revealed
28/11/2019 | news | business | 252
Some 370 positions will be hit by the closures as TSB aims to revive itself following an IT crisis.
UK house price growth 'low for a year'
28/11/2019 | news | business | 83
Annual growth in prices has been below 1% for the past 12 months, the Nationwide says.
Peacocks set to rescue Bonmarché from collapse
28/11/2019 | news | business | 54
A deal for the fashion chain draws closer, but 30 stores are to shut putting up to 240 jobs at risk.
Christmas dinner 'could cost more this year'
26/11/2019 | news | business | 975
Shortages in the turkey market and poor Brussels sprout harvests will mean higher prices, say analysts.
Black Friday sales event 'all hype', says Which?
25/11/2019 | news | business | 477
The consumer group says it found just one in 20 offers were cheaper than at other times of the year.
TSB to close 82 branches next year to cut costs
25/11/2019 | news | business | 388
The Spanish-owned bank will close 15% of its branches as it aims to make £100m of cost savings.
Tory manifesto a 'steady as she goes' document
24/11/2019 | news | business | 1
The calculation is that the public will not mind a minimalist manifesto.
Why are service station snacks so expensive?
22/11/2019 | news | business | 374
A bottle of water costs four times more on the motorway than in a supermarket, mystery shoppers say.
Labour eyes 'radical' plan for companies
21/11/2019 | news | business | 554
The party's manifesto proposes one of the biggest shake-ups in decades of the way firms are run.
New warning on global economic slowdown
21/11/2019 | news | business | 67
The OECD predicts growth of just 3% as a lack of direction on climate policy threatens investment.
Government borrowing in October highest since 2014
21/11/2019 | news | business | 262
Borrowing climbed to £11.2bn last month, some 25% more than the same time last year.
Why did the Lib Dems go tough on spending?
19/11/2019 | news | business | 78
The party plans to cut debt rather than simply balancing the books
EasyJet relaunches package holiday business
19/11/2019 | news | business | 52
The airline is seeking to move into the gap in the industry left by the demise of Thomas Cook.
Is shopping at Primark really a way to be greener?
18/11/2019 | news | business | 116
The High Street chain says shopping in-store is greener than buying online, but not everyone agrees.
Party plans would ‘boost minimum pay for millions’
14/11/2019 | news | business | 196
The plans would double or treble the number whose wages are set by government, a think tank says.
Mercedes to cut jobs amid tougher emissions rules
14/11/2019 | news | business | 117
Reports suggest more than 1,000 jobs will be shed as the carmaker invests more in electric cars.
Germany avoids recession despite trade war hit
14/11/2019 | news | business | 341
The country narrowly avoids recession as it struggles with trade conflicts around the world.
Labour pledges to close gender pay gap by 2030
13/11/2019 | news | business | 399
Labour vows to close the gap between the average hourly pay for men and women but Tories are critical.
Royal Mail wins bid to halt Christmas post strikes
13/11/2019 | news | business | 1,395
The postal union says a decision by the High Court to block industrial action is an "utter outrage".
Toy sales slump as shops chase Christmas cheer
13/11/2019 | news | business | 463
Parents have cut back on impulse buys and face the threat of shortages of festive favourites, analysts say.
Inflation falls to three-year low in October
13/11/2019 | news | business | 197
Official data shows UK consumer prices rose 1.5% as a new price cap kept a lid on energy prices.
'Berlin rocks,' says Elon Musk as he picks factory
13/11/2019 | news | business | 1,699
Elon Musk tells AutoExpress Brexit made the UK "too risky" for his first major European factory.
HS2 should happen despite rising cost, review says
12/11/2019 | news | business | 1,815
A draft copy of a review into the project says it might cost even more than its current price of £88bn.
Is the back door being left open to fracking?
12/11/2019 | news | business | 137
The Conservatives are accused of harbouring ambitions to revive fracking after the general election.
UK wage growth slows as unemployment falls
12/11/2019 | news | business | 378
Average earnings increased by 3.6% over the three months to September, while unemployment fell by 23,000.
Brexit 'puts brakes on UK launch of e-scooters'
11/11/2019 | news | business | 147
Voi Technology says the UK could be left behind by not changing regulations to allow electric scooters.
UK growth 'slowest in almost a decade'
11/11/2019 | news | business | 1,551
Official statistics show the economy avoided recession after GDP grew by 0.3% in the third quarter.
Jingye vows to save jobs after British Steel deal
10/11/2019 | news | business | 1,301
The Chinese company says it will invest £1.2bn in British Steel following rescue agreement.
Crossrail delayed until 2021 as costs increase
08/11/2019 | news | business | 780
The route, which could cost £650m more than the current total of £17.6bn, was due to open in 2018.
Care sector 'leaks' £1.5bn every year
07/11/2019 | news | business | 110
Hundreds of millions of pounds paid in care home fees are not being used for frontline costs, a study suggests.
Labour and Tories plan for a post-austerity future
07/11/2019 | news | business | 226
Both major political parties have dropped a key target that would see the national debt falling over time.
Bank warns Brexit deal would hit economic growth
07/11/2019 | news | business | 897
Interest rates are held steady, but two Bank of England policymakers vote for an immediate cut.
Sainsbury's hit by store closure costs
07/11/2019 | news | business | 99
A reorganisation of the supermarket's stores all but wipes out half-year profits.
Next government 'set to break spending rules'
06/11/2019 | news | business | 41
The gap between spending and tax receipts is set to be much higher than expected, a think tank warns.
Virgin Media switches phone customers from BT
06/11/2019 | news | business | 438
About three million mobile customers will switch to Vodafone in a blow for BT.
Chinese group 'is favourite to buy British Steel'
06/11/2019 | news | business | 200
Jingye is reportedly planning to make an offer to buy the steelmaker out of insolvency.
Poor clothing sales see M&S's profits slide
06/11/2019 | news | business | 747
Demand for clothes was weak in the first half but a turnaround plan is producing results.
All Mothercare UK stores to close
05/11/2019 | news | business | 57
The baby goods firm, which has 79 retail stores in the UK, has appointed administrators from PwC.
None of pledged starter homes built, says watchdog
04/11/2019 | news | business | 579
Government plans to build 200,000 affordable homes in England have come to nothing, the National Audit Office says.
Mothercare administration threatens 2,500 UK jobs
04/11/2019 | news | business | 711
The parent and baby goods retailer says its 79 UK stores are unable to trade profitably.
Public spending 'to rocket' in next parliament
03/11/2019 | news | business | 733
Government spending will climb to 1970s levels, whichever party wins the election, research claims.
HS2 review criticised by deputy chair of panel
03/11/2019 | news | business | 99
Lord Berkeley had 'no opportunity to influence' a forthcoming report into high-speed rail project.
Firms left in limbo as Brexit deadline passes
31/10/2019 | news | business | 146
Businesses have faced painful uncertainty for three years as Brexit scenarios have come and gone.
Lloyds profits nearly wiped out by £1.8bn PPI hit
31/10/2019 | news | business | 138
The bank reports quarterly profits of £50m following the latest bill from the PPI mis-selling scandal.
Car industry gloom as UK production falls further
30/10/2019 | news | business | 176
Output fell in September capping a 15-month period of decline, an industry body says.
Smart meters will get to 'Star Trek phase'
30/10/2019 | news | business | 570
The technology will be a "friend" of consumers, a minister says, but he admits problems with the rollout.
Car giants 'on verge of' mega-merger
29/10/2019 | news | business | 237
Sources say Fiat Chrysler and the owner of France's Peugeot could announce the merger on Thursday.
Brexit deal means ‘£70bn hit to UK by 2029'
29/10/2019 | news | business | 2,436
The UK economy will be 3.5% smaller than if it had stayed in the EU, claims a new study.
Typical home '£800 pricier than a year ago'
29/10/2019 | news | business | 162
The annual rise in UK house prices has been at less than 1% for each of the last 11 months, the lenders says.
Gatwick trial cuts plane boarding time by 10%
28/10/2019 | news | business | 403
The airport operator is experimenting with new sequences to get passengers on planes quicker.
Christmas markets hit by Brexit costs
28/10/2019 | news | business | 212
Organisers have brought goods to the UK early to avoid any difficulties with the UK's exit from the EU.
Christmas meal treats 'under threat'
28/10/2019 | news | business | 2,369
Pigs in blankets might be scarce this Christmas because of labour shortages, says the meat industry.
'Exploited' workers propping up building sector
27/10/2019 | news | business | 191
The construction industry is trying to crack down on the use of underpaid labour, but it's a huge task.
MPs demand action over rise in online bank crashes
27/10/2019 | news | business | 131
Report says more regulation and a levy on firms may be needed to protect customers from IT failures.
Key word 'adequate' removed from Brexit plan
27/10/2019 | news | business | 668
Worker rights: UK negotiators remove “adequate” from employment and environmental standards enforcement.
'My reception was so bad even O2 couldn't call me'
25/10/2019 | news | business | 618
Mobile giants unveil plan to end rural 'not-spots', aiming to get 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025.
'More than 3,000 bus services cut in past decade'
24/10/2019 | news | business | 184
Local authority funding for buses has fallen by more than 40% in 10 years, says one charity.
High Street woes mount as 85,000 jobs feared lost
23/10/2019 | news | business | 291
The British Retail Consortium calls for political action as it estimates the scale of job cuts.
Fracking 'years behind schedule' despite £32m cost
22/10/2019 | news | business | 97
The government forecast up to 20 wells would be fracked by mid-2020, but only three have been so far.
How liquid air could help keep the lights on
22/10/2019 | news | business | 341
The UK will build the first ever liquid air energy storage plant, based on an idea from a backyard inventor.
UK borrowing up by a fifth over past six months
22/10/2019 | news | business | 434
The latest figures come as the chancellor is preparing to announce spending rises in next month's Budget.
Green number plates planned for electric cars
21/10/2019 | news | business | 691
The plan means it will be easier to offer incentives such as cheaper parking for zero-emission cars.
Brexit deal acceptable, says top Barclays banker
21/10/2019 | news | business | 356
Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays' UK operations, says business leaders want to see certainty.
Sainsbury's to stop selling fireworks
18/10/2019 | news | business | 812
The supermarket is the first to end sales amid calls for a ban to protect pets and the vulnerable.
Pound's gains erased amid Brexit deal jitters
17/10/2019 | news | business | 268
Sterling jumps at first on news of a deal, but falls back after the DUP reiterates its opposition.
Netflix warns of 'headwind' as new rivals loom
16/10/2019 | news | business | 36
The firm's subscriber growth is slowing, and Disney and Apple are due to launch their own streaming services.
'Special relationship' won't guarantee UK-US trade
16/10/2019 | news | business | 428
A former US trade chief warns the UK should not expect special treatment when it comes to trade.
Northern rail could be nationalised
16/10/2019 | news | business | 563
The government is considering whether the management of the train service should be taken into public hands.
Jessops owner plans to call in administrators
16/10/2019 | news | business | 408
The High Street camera chain, owned by Dragons Den star Peter Jones, has seen big rent rises.
HS2 must be built in full, say employers' chiefs
15/10/2019 | news | business | 152
The call by regional heads of the CBI business lobby comes amid worries HS2 could be scaled back.
UK jobs market 'shows signs of slowing'
15/10/2019 | news | business | 640
The unemployment rate rises unexpectedly to 3.9% between June and August.
Car financing crackdown 'to save drivers £165m'
15/10/2019 | news | business | 192
The UK's financial regulator plans to ban the way some car dealers earn commission.
World growth 'slowest since financial crisis'
14/10/2019 | news | business | 96
The International Monetary Fund warns against "policy mistakes" such as tariffs and a no-deal Brexit.
Savile Row in firing line as US tariffs hit the UK
14/10/2019 | news | business | 382
British luxury goods are targeted by the US as new taxes on exports take effect.
Central heating boilers 'threaten climate goals'
14/10/2019 | news | business | 507
The UK will not meet its climate change targets without a revolution in home heating, a think tank says.
Labour's nationalisation plans 'would cost £196bn'
13/10/2019 | news | business | 670
The CBI employers' group claims Labour's plans would cost the combined health and education budgets.
Government faces industry backlash on Brexit plans
11/10/2019 | news | business | 1,856
Five industry bodies are concerned a new Brexit deal won't give them a level playing field in the EU.
Pound surges on Brexit deal hopes
11/10/2019 | news | business | 529
The pound hits a three-month high, and UK-focussed shares soar, on optimism of a Brexit breakthrough.
Half of all debit card payments now contactless
11/10/2019 | news | business | 267
Industry figures reveal the 50% mark has been reached for the first time as the way we pay changes.
Aerospace industry seeks Brexit reassurance
10/10/2019 | news | business | 142
Aerospace firms say it is "vital" the UK and EU have regulatory alignment.
Nissan Europe 'unsustainable' in no-deal Brexit
10/10/2019 | news | business | 1,191
The Japanese carmaker is concerned about the impact of export duties in the event of no-deal Brexit.
UK set to avoid recession despite poor August
10/10/2019 | news | business | 1,140
The economy contracted in August, but is still expected to have grown in the third quarter.
New design for Britain's most-forged banknote
09/10/2019 | news | business | 550
The Bank of England says the new £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner will enter circulation in February.
IMF boss warns of 'painful' Brexit
08/10/2019 | news | business | 224
Brexit will add to world economic woes, IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva says.
Barclays blow to Post Office banking
08/10/2019 | news | business | 191
The decision not to let its customers withdraw money from Post Office counters is described as "shocking".
UK productivity suffers worst drop in five years
08/10/2019 | news | business | 575
Both services and manufacturing saw a fall in the second quarter of the year, official figures show.
Farmers 'betrayed' by no-deal Brexit tariff plan
08/10/2019 | news | business | 1,350
The farmers' union says the government has "missed an opportunity" by not imposing more import taxes.
Hong Kong drops bid for London Stock Exchange
08/10/2019 | news | business | 38
The London Stock Exchange Group had rejected the bid, which it said fell short of a fair valuation.
Pizza Express set for talks over £1bn debt pile
07/10/2019 | news | business | 54
The restaurant chain is not in imminent danger, but a debt restructuring looks inevitable.
No-deal Brexit 'to push UK debt to 50-year high'
07/10/2019 | news | business | 3,130
Government borrowing would reach its highest level in more than half a century, a think tank warns.
UK overrules block on Drax power station plans
07/10/2019 | news | business | 409
The Planning Inspectorate had ruled against new gas-fired turbines on climate change concerns.
House price growth 'at six-year low'
07/10/2019 | news | business | 208
The Halifax says growth will remain subdued for as long as economic uncertainty in the UK continues.
Thomas Cook refund site sees 60,000 claims
07/10/2019 | news | business | 179
The Civil Aviation Authority says the process is now running smoothly after delays due to high demand.
Chinese backlash to NBA boss's Hong Kong tweet
07/10/2019 | news | business | 130
The general manager of the Houston Rockets had expressed support for Hong Kong protesters.
Unilever to cut plastic use to appeal to Gen Z
04/10/2019 | news | business | 253
The owner of brands such as Comfort, Dove and Domestos says it will recycle more plastic than it sells.
'Paltry' UK car sales deepen industry gloom
04/10/2019 | news | business | 333
Hopes of a big sales increase in September are dashed, but growth in electric vehicles continues.
'Ten years with my insurer meant a £2,000 hike'
04/10/2019 | news | business | 724
Consumers are overpaying by £1.2bn a year for home and car insurance, the financial regulator says.
John Lewis seeks discounts from some landlords
03/10/2019 | news | business | 134
The retailer tells property firms it will withhold 20% of a quarterly service charge.
UK facing 'heightened risk of recession'
03/10/2019 | news | business | 1,068
Closely-watched surveys suggest the UK economy has contracted for the second quarter in a row.
Ted Baker shares plunge 35% as sales slide
03/10/2019 | news | business | 91
The retailer, which issued a profits alert in June, posts a heavy loss and warns of difficult conditions.
Did 'Drastic Dave Lewis' save Tesco?
02/10/2019 | news | business | 107
Get in at the bottom, get out at the top: It's a manoeuvre that very few bosses manage to pull off.
Are speculators pushing the PM towards no deal?
01/10/2019 | news | business | 485
Some claim that hedge funds are colluding with the government to achieve a no-deal Brexit.
'Request an ATM' service to be launched
01/10/2019 | news | business | 118
The UK's cash machine network has set up a £1m fund that could deliver 40 to 50 ATMs to so-called cash deserts.
Greggs stockpiles pork ahead of Brexit
01/10/2019 | news | business | 817
The bakery chain wants to make sure that ingredients for its sausage rolls are safeguarded.
House price growth 'almost ground to a halt'
01/10/2019 | news | business | 150
The annual rise in UK property prices slowed to 0.2% in September, the Nationwide Building Society says.
'Right to repair' rules brought in for appliances
30/09/2019 | news | business | 405
The rules will make household appliances longer-lasting and easier to fix.
Forever 21 files for bankruptcy protection
30/09/2019 | news | business | 127
The troubled US fashion retailer says it will close most international operations in Asia and Europe.
Spending on nights out 'hits three-year high'
29/09/2019 | news | business | 140
The average Briton is spending £70.69 on a night out, up 25% since last year, a survey finds.
Brexit uncertainty 'could lead to UK rate cut'
27/09/2019 | news | business | 1,795
A Bank of England policymaker says interest rates may need to be cut even if a no-deal Brexit is avoided.
Thomas Cook: 40% of holidaymakers back in UK
27/09/2019 | news | business | 243
The Civil Aviation Authority says it has now flown a total of 61,000 Thomas Cook customers back to the UK.
Hinkley nuclear plant to run £2.9bn over budget
25/09/2019 | news | business | 611
Power company EDF says "challenging conditions" mean the final bill could now be up to £22.5bn.
Sainsbury's to close 60 Argos shops
25/09/2019 | news | business | 342
The supermarket is moving the High Street outlets inside its stores to cut costs.
Government urged to bring in 'frequent flyer levy'
24/09/2019 | news | business | 1,009
The Committee on Climate Change says the extra tax would help curb the growing demand for air travel.
Thomas Cook collapses as rescue talks fail
22/09/2019 | news | business | 187
The tour firm's failure means more than 150,000 British tourists will need to be repatriated.
Firms make climate vows as calls for action grow
20/09/2019 | news | business | 138
Amazon and Google are among global firms setting out new green energy plans as climate pressure rises.
Bank forecasts low interest rates for longer
19/09/2019 | news | business | 668
Policymakers say the UK will avoid recession this year, but Brexit is still weighing on the economy.
Burger King ditches toy giveaways
18/09/2019 | news | business | 404
The fast food chain says it will no longer give away plastic toys with children's meals.
Consumers' credit card spending 'overtakes cash'
18/09/2019 | news | business | 115
Debit cards were most used, but falling cash use pushed notes and coins to third place, say retailers.
Retailers to tackle Gove over Brexit food claims
18/09/2019 | news | business | 1,087
The "clear-the-air" talks follow a recent row over no-deal Brexit's effect on fresh food supplies.
House price growth 'slowest for seven years'
18/09/2019 | news | business | 117
The latest figures show the biggest drop in prices in the last year was in the North East of England.
Inflation surprise as computer game prices drop
18/09/2019 | news | business | 471
The rate inflation slowed to 1.7% in August as games and download prices fell.
Poor areas 'are losing cash machines fastest'
17/09/2019 | news | business | 105
Consumer group Which? urges the chancellor to act over the loss of free ATMs in poor communities.
Estate agents urged to tell buyers about pollution
17/09/2019 | news | business | 45
The industry trade body says providing this information should now be standard practice.
Giant Yorkshire mine faces uncertain future
17/09/2019 | news | business | 133
Developer Sirius Minerals has to cancel plans to issue a £403m bond to finance the project.
Smart meter rollout delayed for four years
16/09/2019 | news | business | 328
Suppliers now have until 2024 to fit them into homes, but it may mean higher costs for the industry.
Helium shortage: 'Prices just keep going up'
16/09/2019 | news | business | 164
Why is there a shortage of the precious gas and how is it affecting firms?
Aldi plans to open a new supermarket each week
13/09/2019 | news | business | 689
The discount retailer is taking on its larger rivals as it continues to expand even as profits fall.
Pound climbs to highest level since July
13/09/2019 | news | business | 335
Sterling rises as traders believe the risk of a no-deal Brexit is receding.
Why your smart meter may not be so smart after all
12/09/2019 | news | business | 529
Nearly a third of all energy companies fitting smart meters are still installing old technology.
Sainsbury's pledges to halve plastic by 2025
12/09/2019 | news | business | 90
The supermarket is asking the public for ideas on how best to reduce its packaging.
Four-day work week 'unrealistic'
12/09/2019 | news | business | 256
A Labour-commissioned report says people should work fewer hours, but capping their hours will not work.
John Lewis in Brexit warning as it falls to a loss
12/09/2019 | news | business | 767
The partnership is hit by "difficult" trading and says a no-deal Brexit would have a "significant" impact
Retailers shut 2,870 stores in first half of 2019
10/09/2019 | news | business | 304
Closures hit record level as retailers restructure their businesses and more shopping moves online.
Bailiffs 'used more to chase unpaid parking fines'
10/09/2019 | news | business | 78
Cases have risen by 21% in two years, analysis suggests, but councils say the use of bailiffs is justified.
Wage growth stays strong as unemployment falls
10/09/2019 | news | business | 489
Earnings continue to outstrip inflation and the employment rate remains at a record high.
UK growth rebound eases recession fears
09/09/2019 | news | business | 1,407
The economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 0.3% in July, official figures show.
The UK's 'worst' airport revealed
08/09/2019 | news | business | 421
A survey by consumer magazine Which? looks at the frustrations of travellers across the UK.
Call to tax supermarket booze more to help pubs
05/09/2019 | news | business | 474
Alcohol should be more expensive in supermarkets compared with pubs, says think tank.
No-deal bill a 'chink of light' for business
05/09/2019 | news | business | 405
However, the CBI says businesses still must keep stockpiling for a potential no-deal Brexit.
UK 'at risk of slipping into recession'
04/09/2019 | news | business | 875
The dominant UK services sector grew only slightly in August, an influential survey shows.
Chancellor declares end of austerity
04/09/2019 | news | business | 2,050
The government has unveiled the biggest spending increase in 15 years.
Lego working with shops to avoid Brexit disruption
03/09/2019 | news | business | 252
Boss Niels Christiansen says the toymaker will ensure UK retailers have the stock they need for Christmas.
HS2 railway to be delayed by up to five years
03/09/2019 | news | business | 1,064
It will be between 2028 to 2031 before the first trains run on the London to Birmingham route.
End of an era as M&S drops out of FTSE 100
03/09/2019 | news | business | 612
The struggling retailer is demoted from the index of the UK's top listed firms.
Pound volatile in further Brexit turmoil
03/09/2019 | news | business | 988
Sterling edges above $1.20 and €1.10 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson loses his Commons majority.
Banks and shops roll out new anti-fraud measures
02/09/2019 | news | business | 334
Banks increasingly require shoppers to provide an extra form of verification when they buy online.
Factory output 'falls at fastest pace since 2012'
02/09/2019 | news | business | 570
Worries over Brexit and the global economic slowdown hit manufacturers last month, a survey finds.
No-deal Brexit 'could hit house prices'
01/09/2019 | news | business | 719
House prices could drop by 6.2% next year if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, KPMG says.
Chancellor set to unveil government spending plans
29/08/2019 | news | business | 456
The statement will set departmental budgets for one year rather than the usual three years.
Pound volatile as Parliament to be suspended
28/08/2019 | news | business | 1,092
Sterling gyrates against the dollar and euro after a move that may lead to a no-deal Brexit.
Spending review game has changed but not the rules
28/08/2019 | news | business | 75
With government spending plans due next week, Sajid Javid is still emphasising fiscal responsibility.
Stop 'misleading' special offers, supermarkets told
27/08/2019 | news | business | 109
Major chains still offer "dubious" deals, despite rules designed to prevent this, says Which?
KFC to trial plant-based nuggets and wings in US
27/08/2019 | news | business | 43
The fast-food chain's trial in Atlanta will gauge customers demand for meatless chicken.
Mum and dad 'one of UK's biggest mortgage lenders'
26/08/2019 | news | business | 130
The average parental contribution for homebuyers this year is £24,100, Legal & General finds.
Ministers and bosses knew HS2 was over budget
23/08/2019 | news | business | 659
The public were not given the full picture about the true cost of the high-speed railway, documents show.
3D scanners could end airport liquid restrictions
23/08/2019 | news | business | 5
Airports must introduce 3D baggage screening before the end of 2022, the government announces.
Universal credit 'forces tenants into rent arrears'
22/08/2019 | news | business | 212
Universal credit is causing tenants to fall behind with rent, warns the Residential Landlords Association.
Ryanair rated 'greedy and arrogant' by customers
22/08/2019 | news | business | 357
Ryanair has been rated worst for customer service out of 100 big British brands, according to Which?.
UK and South Korea sign 'continuity' trade deal
22/08/2019 | news | business | 67
The agreement seeks to maintain existing trade arrangements between the countries post-Brexit.
Supermarket considers rationing business buyers
21/08/2019 | news | business | 77
The move will prevent firms from using supermarkets as wholesalers.
Ditch cars to meet climate targets, say MPs
21/08/2019 | news | business | 1,595
MPs say people will have to stop driving if the UK is to meet its Zero Carbon goals by 2050.
Government finances weaker than expected in July
21/08/2019 | news | business | 593
The £1.2bn surplus was lower than expected and adds to the government's growing budget deficit.
UK sees record foreign investment in tech sector
20/08/2019 | news | business | 120
US and Asian firms lead investment into UK start-ups in the first seven months of 2019.
Government automatically enrols firms for no deal
20/08/2019 | news | business | 198
Business groups urged the government to act after many firms failed to get a customs number.
Barclays tops list of banks with most IT shutdowns
20/08/2019 | news | business | 34
British banks experienced more than 10 outages a month in the past year, BBC analysis of new data reveals.
CEOs earn 117 times average worker despite pay cut
20/08/2019 | news | business | 187
The average salary of the bosses of the UK's largest companies has fallen 13% in the last financial year.
Lightning strike 'partly to blame' for power cut
19/08/2019 | news | business | 460
National Grid could be fined for the outage that affected nearly a million people in England and Wales.
Would you accept a loss to keep your money safe?
19/08/2019 | news | business | 109
Some pension fund investors are paying to hold government bonds due to fears over the global economy.
The plan to force companies to be no-deal ready
19/08/2019 | news | business | 288
The government is set to sign up companies to a key system to make them ready for a no-deal Brexit
Chancellor: I won't shift stamp duty to sellers
18/08/2019 | news | business | 179
Sajid Javid says he has no plans to make house sellers, rather than buyers, pay stamp duty tax.
Lidl lines up suppliers to cover no-deal costs
18/08/2019 | news | business | 517
The supermarket's Irish business reminds British suppliers they are expected to pay EU import tariffs.
Turkish army pension fund to buy British Steel
16/08/2019 | news | business | 965
Turkey's military pension fund reaches a tentative deal to take over the insolvent steelmaker.
What has gone wrong with rail franchising?
15/08/2019 | news | business | 283
Calls to reform the system are growing amid anger over rising fares and poor punctuality.
PPI: 'It was a jaw-dropping amount'
15/08/2019 | news | business | 179
The UK's biggest financial mis-selling scandal's led to £36bn in payouts. How has it affected us all?
Asda cites 'Brexit uncertainty' as sales fall
15/08/2019 | news | business | 146
First-half sales fell 0.3% but were boosted in the second half by the later timing of Easter.
Metro top and RBS bottom in bank ratings
15/08/2019 | news | business | 126
Metro Bank retains top spot among customers, despite its difficulties as a business.
Stock markets stable after China trade warning
15/08/2019 | news | business | 239
US markets pare their losses after a heavy sell-off on Wednesday, but the FTSE 100 closes 1% lower.
'UK must accept US food standards in trade deal'
14/08/2019 | news | business | 2,114
Fears over practices like chlorine-washing chicken are unfounded, says the head of America's farm lobby.
Are markets signalling that a recession is due?
14/08/2019 | news | business | 694
Financial markets have taken fright after the appearance of a trusted signal of an upcoming recession.
German economy slips back into negative growth
14/08/2019 | news | business | 515
A decline in exports dampened growth, causing the economy to shrink 0.1%, according to official data.
Amber Rudd: Don't ignore Parliament over Brexit
13/08/2019 | news | business | 1,543
The work and pensions secretary says Parliament cannot be ignored in a push to a "far inferior" no-deal Brexit.
Rail fares set to rise again by up to 2.8%
13/08/2019 | news | business | 207
From January, commuters could pay on average more than £100 extra a year for rail travel.
UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high
13/08/2019 | news | business | 937
Earnings growth continues to accelerate but the unemployment rate edges up, official figures show.
Next boss says UK can avoid no-deal Brexit chaos
12/08/2019 | news | business | 1,765
Government contingency planning means the UK is becoming prepared for a no-deal Brexit, says Lord Wolfson.
No-deal Brexit 'could cost farms £850m in profits'
12/08/2019 | news | business | 738
A no-deal Brexit could be a greater challenge than BSE and foot-and-mouth, a researcher suggests.
Asda and Boots urge 'broken' rates system reform
12/08/2019 | news | business | 86
Bosses of more than 50 retailers urge the chancellor to change tax rules to help UK High Streets.
Empty shops hit highest level for four years
11/08/2019 | news | business | 311
Empty shops rise in July, while visitor numbers continue to fall, the latest industry figures show.
UK economy shrinks for the first time since 2012
09/08/2019 | news | business | 7,688
The UK economy contracted by 0.2% between April and June, its worst performance for more than six years.
Chancellor announces Brexit spending review
08/08/2019 | news | business | 1,191
The one-year review will help government departments prepare for Brexit, says Sajid Javid.
UK to stay in Interrail scheme after U-turn
08/08/2019 | news | business | 444
UK train operators will stay in the scheme following a backlash on social media.
Number of wealthy non-doms in UK at record low
08/08/2019 | news | business | 204
Fears about Brexit and Labour's tax policies are driving out non-doms, say experts.
New cars 'can be broken into in 10 seconds'
07/08/2019 | news | business | 680
What Car? magazine experts say the latest models with keyless entry systems can easily be hijacked.
UK assumes French plans 'will ease no-deal disruption'
07/08/2019 | news | business | 2,479
The government assumes about 50% of cross-Channel trade will be delayed - better than the 80% first feared.
UK house prices and sales 'losing momentum'
07/08/2019 | news | business | 186
Surveyors say the market is "pretty much flatlining" - although parts of the UK are still seeing prices rise.
UK pushed out of Interrail scheme after dispute
07/08/2019 | news | business | 893
The move is not related to Brexit, but means UK rail journeys will no longer be covered by Interrail passes.
Bid to run Southeastern rail route scrapped
07/08/2019 | news | business | 318
Go-Ahead has been given an extension to April 2020 to keep running the service.
Energy prices to fall for millions this winter
07/08/2019 | news | business | 352
A new price cap could see households on default energy tariffs typically pay £75 less from October.
Food firms want laws relaxed in event of no-deal
06/08/2019 | news | business | 5,994
UK firms urge the government to relax rules to allow them to work together to supply food after Brexit.
The real price of buying cheap clothes
06/08/2019 | news | business | 176
Globalisation has led to the rise of fast fashion but at what cost to the workers in developing nations?
Katharine Hamnett: Fashion tax is 'stupid'
06/08/2019 | news | business | 58
Designer Katharine Hamnett says legislation is needed to force fashion brands to stop fast fashion.
UK consumer spending growth 'falls to record low'
05/08/2019 | news | business | 80
Brexit uncertainty and slow real wage growth weigh on the High Street and online sales in July.
Tesco to cut 4,500 jobs across 153 Metro stores
05/08/2019 | news | business | 482
The supermarket giant says the move will allow it to serve shoppers better and be more sustainable.
Britain's fastest moving property market revealed
05/08/2019 | news | business | 120
Scotland replaces London as the area of Britain to find a property buyer the fastest, figures suggest.
Heathrow in last-ditch talks to avert strike
05/08/2019 | news | business | 31
Flights were cancelled by some airlines even after Monday's strike was suspended to allow time for talks.
McDonald's paper straws cannot be recycled
05/08/2019 | news | business | 1,241
The firm says because of the thickness of the materials, the straws should be put into general waste.
Carney warns of instant shock from no-deal Brexit
02/08/2019 | news | business | 2,308
The Bank of England governor says prices will rise if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.
BA pilots' pay deal is fair, says airline's boss
02/08/2019 | news | business | 76
Talks to avert a summer airline strike will resume after BA lost a bid to avert industrial action.