Minister defends wait for self-employed bailout
27/03/2020 | news | business | 1,000
Some people who fall outside the terms of the rescue grants say their hopes have been dashed.
What help will self-employed people get?
26/03/2020 | news | business | 145
What is being done for the five million self-employed people in the UK facing a sudden loss of income?
Tesco restricts online orders to 80 items each
26/03/2020 | news | business | 1,398
It is the latest in a series of measures to safeguard people and supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Record number of Americans file for unemployment
26/03/2020 | news | business | 1,120
The number of people in the US seeking jobless benefits jumped to nearly 3.3 million last week.
Where is the cash going to come from?
26/03/2020 | news | business | 371
The UK government must make huge interventions to deal with the coronavirus but the costs are adding up.
Banks under fire for coronavirus loan tactics
25/03/2020 | news | business | 769
MPs have criticised banks for asking business owners to put their own property up to secure loans.
Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson
25/03/2020 | news | business | 919
The engineering firm developed a new type of ventilator in response to calls on behalf of the NHS.
Drivers to get six-month emergency MOT extension
25/03/2020 | news | business | 508
The exemption comes into force on 30 March which means vehicles due an MOT before then must take it.
Construction firms divided as shutdown calls grow
25/03/2020 | news | business | 1,372
Confusion deepens as some firms decide to stay open, citing government guidelines for essential work.
Off-licences added to list of 'essential' shops
25/03/2020 | news | business | 2,020
Government updates list of shops allowed to open during the pandemic to include those selling alcohol.
'Avoid using microwave to get faster internet'
24/03/2020 | news | business | 550
With millions of people working from home, media watchdog Ofcom issues tips to boost internet speed.
No extra help for airlines, chancellor says
24/03/2020 | news | business | 404
Rishi Sunak says bailing out airlines would be a "last resort" as the sector braces for a $252bn loss.
Supermarkets limit shoppers as rules tighten
24/03/2020 | news | business | 159
Shops have brought in a host of measures following the introduction of strict new government curbs.
Bank branches close as virus affects access
24/03/2020 | news | business | 173
Customers should only call phone lines for the most urgent need, to allow vulnerable people to get through.
Why is it taking so long to help the self-employed?
24/03/2020 | news | business | 617
Getting financial aid to the self-employed will be complicated, but there are some ideas on how to do it.
UK construction workers fear for their safety
24/03/2020 | news | business | 2,142
Pressure is growing on government to act to protect construction workers against the coronavirus risk.
Burger King boss: We’re not going to pay our rent
24/03/2020 | news | business | 323
Hundreds of High Street businesses are set to withhold their quarterly rent payments, due on Wednesday.
Laura Ashley to shut half its shops as seeks buyer
23/03/2020 | news | business | 30
The furniture and fashion chain says the coronavirus "had an immediate and significant impact on trading".
Coronavirus support 'not open to firms like mine'
23/03/2020 | news | business | 490
Businesses warn the new emergency loans will leave a lot of firms out in the cold.
Commuters to get refund on rail season tickets
23/03/2020 | news | business | 185
The government is refunding the cost of season tickets for workers staying at home over virus fears.
Global economy will suffer for 'years to come'
23/03/2020 | news | business | 688
OECD boss Angel Gurría says the economic shock is already bigger than the financial crisis.
Global stocks fall despite virus rescue efforts
23/03/2020 | news | business | 133
Shares slide again as more drastic action is taken by governments to stop the virus spreading.
Car firms to convert factories to make ventilators
23/03/2020 | news | business | 383
The car industry is pledging to help tackle a shortage of ventilators and masks as virus spreads.
Will government rescue package be enough for firms?
23/03/2020 | news | business | 284
Firms will learn how to access urgent financial support on Monday, but there are likely to be caveats.
Supermarkets go on hiring spree amid virus crisis
20/03/2020 | news | business | 2,713
Supermarket chains to take on thousands of staff, but Topshop owner Arcadia closes all its stores.
M&S invokes wartime spirit as virus impact hits
20/03/2020 | news | business | 916
In a gloomy trading update the retailer says it served customers during world wars will continue to do so.
Chancellor prepares wage package rescue plan
19/03/2020 | news | business | 2,203
Rishi Sunak is expected to launch a fresh package of measures to try to protect millions of UK jobs.
UK interest rates cut to lowest level in history
19/03/2020 | news | business | 3,271
The Bank of England takes more emergency action to support the British economy.
Energy bill help for vulnerable amid outbreak
19/03/2020 | news | business | 270
Prepayment meter customers may get credit through the post or funds automatically added to their meter.
'People do not buy a new outfit to stay at home'
19/03/2020 | news | business | 572
Next says both online and store sales will suffer "significant losses" as a result of coronavirus.
Airlines warn they may not survive without bailout
19/03/2020 | news | business | 303
Major European airlines have warned that they face collapse unless governments come to their rescue.
Europe sets up emergency lifeline worth billions
18/03/2020 | news | business | 237
European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde: "There are no limits to our commitment to the euro".
Bank of England boss: Don't fire people
18/03/2020 | news | business | 736
There is help for firms thinking of cutting jobs because of the coronavirus crisis, says Andrew Bailey.
'There isn't time. Firms are closing now'
18/03/2020 | news | business | 400
Firms are confused about how to access the government support promised to combat the impact of coronavirus.
Almost all UK car production paused amid virus fears
18/03/2020 | news | business | 153
BMW, Honda and Toyota join Vauxhall and Nissan in shutting plants as coronavirus spreads.
Online shopping website Ocado suspends service
18/03/2020 | news | business | 3,098
Online shopping website Ocado has suspended its service as supermarkets crack down on stockpiling.
Facebook blames bug for coronavirus spam issue
18/03/2020 | news | business | 27
Social media users had complained that articles from prominent news outlets had been flagged as spam.
Pound plunges to its lowest level in over 30 years
18/03/2020 | news | business | 2,540
The pound falls to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, trading at $1.15.
No insurance cover for most virus-hit businesses
17/03/2020 | news | business | 213
Most would not have been entitled to compensation, even if the government had ordered them to close.
Laura Ashley nears collapse as firms demand help
17/03/2020 | news | business | 570
The retailer is the latest business casualty of the pandemic as firms struggle with plunging demand.
Virus could shake up world's most expensive cities
17/03/2020 | news | business | 27
The rankings of the most expensive cities to live in could see a big shift after coronavirus impact.
Carphone store closures to cost 2,900 jobs
17/03/2020 | news | business | 306
The move, which is not related to the coronavirus outbreak, will lead to 531 shops being shut.
Amazon staff told to work overtime as virus hits
17/03/2020 | news | business | 909
Unions say the retailer is putting "profit before safety" as it tells some warehouse staff to work overtime.
Coronavirus: Stocks bounce as volatility continues
17/03/2020 | news | business | 852
Markets rise as policymakers launch fresh stimulus measures to tackle the impact of the virus.
Virus-hit tenants 'should get a rent break'
16/03/2020 | news | business | 352
Tenants whose income it cut should be given leeway to pay at a later date, a landlords' association says.
New Bank of England boss pledges prompt action
16/03/2020 | news | business | 205
Andrew Bailey - who has taken over from Mark Carney - pledges to protect the economy from coronavirus.
Iceland stores introduce elderly shopping hour
16/03/2020 | news | business | 940
The move comes as supermarkets continue to limit the sales of certain products to avoid them selling out.
'The rich are to blame for climate change'
16/03/2020 | news | business | 875
The Leeds University study looked at 86 countries and came to broadly the same conclusions about the rich.
US stocks see worst fall since 1987 on virus fears
16/03/2020 | news | business | 4,540
Wall Street's Dow Jones slides 12.9% as Donald Trump says economy "may be" heading for recession.
PM urges industry to help make NHS ventilators
15/03/2020 | news | business | 593
Boris Johnson is to ask engineering firms to shift production lines to build the life-saving equipment.
Job interviews go online as candidates stuck at home
13/03/2020 | news | business | 24
Recruiters say it's also easier to reach candidates as they work out of the office during the pandemic.
Wall Street rallies after Trump declares virus emergency
13/03/2020 | news | business | 826
The rally follows the biggest one-day declines in the US and UK since Black Monday in 1987.
Is this the digital future for banknotes?
12/03/2020 | news | business | 184
The Bank of England is considering the introduction of electronic banknotes for use by consumers and firms.
Virus 'could cost millions of tourism jobs'
12/03/2020 | news | business | 191
The World Travel and Tourism Council says that up to 50 million jobs are at risk.
Budget virus plan 'substantial' but 'limited'
12/03/2020 | news | business | 191
The Institute for Fiscal Studies says Chancellor Rishi Sunak should "come back with more if necessary".
Shopping centre giant Intu warns it could go bust
12/03/2020 | news | business | 1,023
The owner of the Trafford Centre and Lakeside shopping centres reports a loss of £2bn.
Coronavirus: LV suspends travel cover
12/03/2020 | news | business | 63
LV says it will pause the sale of travel insurance but existing customers will still be covered.
Beer, wine and cider duty frozen as pubs get help
11/03/2020 | news | business | 112
It is only the second time in two decades that duty on all types of alcohol has been frozen.
Business rates suspended for shops and cafes
11/03/2020 | news | business | 226
Tens of thousands of retail and leisure firms in England will not pay business rates in the coming year.
'Nolo beer' sales rocket thanks to young teetotallers
11/03/2020 | news | business | 238
No or low alcohol will drive the 2020 market, the craft beer trade body says, as it claims 23% of 18-24 year-olds are teetotal.
Budget 2020: What it means for you
10/03/2020 | news | business | 604
The Budget focused on coronavirus, but here is what it means for your financial health.
Coronavirus: Banks let people defer mortgage bill
10/03/2020 | news | business | 636
RBS, TSB, and Lloyds will allow borrowers to defer mortgage and loan repayments for up to three months.
Five ways the Budget could help tackle coronavirus
10/03/2020 | news | business | 125
It's been dubbed the "coronavirus Budget", but what can Rishi Sunak do to ease the impact?
Freezer sales heat up amid coronavirus stockpiling
10/03/2020 | news | business | 145
Sales of fridges and freezers rise sharply at and John Lewis as consumers stock up.
Markets start to bounce back after steep losses
10/03/2020 | news | business | 763
US markets rallied 4.9% but investors in Europe remained nervous following Monday's dramatic falls.
Virgin Atlantic admits flying near-empty planes
09/03/2020 | news | business | 77
The carrier has seen a fall in bookings due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: UK supermarket delivery hours extended
09/03/2020 | news | business | 330
Temporary measures have been brought in after a meeting between supermarkets and the government.
Budget: 'First-time buyers need more help'
09/03/2020 | news | business | 191
Housing tops the list of young people's Budget concerns, but they may well be disappointed.
Global shares plunge in worst day since financial crisis
09/03/2020 | news | business | 4,444
Global stocks plunge after a sharp fall in the oil price hits markets already reeling from the coronavirus.
Supermarkets doubt minister's food supply claim
06/03/2020 | news | business | 1,863
One executive says the health secretary has "made up" claims of "working with the supermarkets".
Fear returns to stock markets over virus impact
06/03/2020 | news | business | 948
Wall Street joins global stock market slide as strong US jobs figures fail to ease coronavirus worries.
Government delays Budget infrastructure plan
05/03/2020 | news | business | 307
The chancellor will refocus the National Infrastructure Strategy in line with "net zero" climate ambitions.
DWP 'shocked' by own disability tribunal record
05/03/2020 | news | business | 572
It has lost more disability discrimination tribunals since 2016 than any other employer, Panorama finds.
Retailers warned not to 'exploit' coronavirus fears
05/03/2020 | news | business | 373
The competition watchdog is monitoring price rises amid reported shortages of hand gels and face masks.
John Lewis warns stores could close as bonuses cut
05/03/2020 | news | business | 1,055
The partnership, which also owns Waitrose, is reviewing the business after its annual profits dive.
Flybe's collapse could be 'first of many' airlines
05/03/2020 | news | business | 496
The airline industry is under huge financial pressure as passenger numbers drop during the coronavirus.
Coronavirus pushes Flybe to brink of collapse
04/03/2020 | news | business | 432
A £100m government loan to help stabilise the business is now unlikely to happen, the BBC understands.
What are shops doing about stockpiling?
04/03/2020 | news | business | 1,360
Supermarkets are sharing resources to help meet demand quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.
Nuclear industry warns UK climate goal at risk
04/03/2020 | news | business | 123
The industry fears the government will ditch a plan to pay for new plants, making its carbon goal impossible.
Medicine shortage fears as India limits exports
04/03/2020 | news | business | 183
It comes as the coronavirus outbreak has kept many Chinese drug ingredient manufacturers shut.
Government clarifies virus insurance stance
03/03/2020 | news | business | 639
The government says it will declare coronavirus a "notifiable disease" after pressure from businesses.
US makes emergency rate cut as coronavirus spreads
03/03/2020 | news | business | 422
America's central bank makes the biggest interest rate cut since the financial crisis.
Major economies 'ready to act over coronavirus'
03/03/2020 | news | business | 172
Finance chiefs including US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will use "all tools" to tackle the hit to growth.
Greggs 'would pay staff who need to self-isolate'
03/03/2020 | news | business | 544
The sandwich chain had an "exceptional" 2019, but cautions that coronavirus could hurt this year's sales.
FTSE 100 surges after US stocks bounce back
02/03/2020 | news | business | 149
UK shares climb for a second day as fears over the impact of coronavirus linger.
Winners and losers from overdraft overhaul
02/03/2020 | news | business | 162
Some borrowers will see costs roughly double but others will have bigger savings, analysis shows.
M&S extends trial of food refill scheme
02/03/2020 | news | business | 476
Shoppers can fill their own containers in two stores, as the firm tries to cut down on plastic waste.
The UK's window of opportunity to do a US trade deal
02/03/2020 | news | business | 91
Time is tight to make sufficient progress on a deal before President Trump faces election in November.
Global growth ‘could halve’ because of coronavirus
02/03/2020 | news | business | 1,678
A "longer lasting and more intensive" outbreak could halve growth in 2020, says the OECD.
Leasehold property buyers 'misled by developers'
28/02/2020 | news | business | 956
Many homeowners find themselves in "serious traps" after being mis-sold properties, a watchdog says.
Airlines warn of coronavirus bookings hit
28/02/2020 | news | business | 303
British Airways owner IAG says it has seen a "significant fall-off in demand" for flights to Italy.
Shares drop in worst week since financial crisis
28/02/2020 | news | business | 562
US shares slide as fears over the impact of the coronavirus continue to grip investors.
New roads face Heathrow-style court action threat
27/02/2020 | news | business | 569
Environmentalists could try to block new road plans if they fail to take climate targets into account.
Dow falls more than 4% amid coronavirus stock rout
27/02/2020 | news | business | 282
The US index shed nearly 1,200 points, one of the sharpest drops in history.
Climate campaigners win Heathrow expansion case
27/02/2020 | news | business | 3,589
Campaigners say plans for a third runway should be cancelled, but the airport says it will appeal.
William Hill site penalised over gambling addicts
27/02/2020 | news | business | 179
Mr Green failed to freeze the account of a customer who won £50,000 and gambled it away.
'We're getting more orders thanks to the virus'
26/02/2020 | news | business | 35
Manufacturers have seen a spike in inquiries as the coronavirus disrupts supply lines from China.
'Go big to boost blighted Britain'
26/02/2020 | news | business | 238
Levelling up disadvantaged parts of the UK will need long-term thought and investment, a report says.
Lloyds, Virgin and Direct Line to cut jobs
26/02/2020 | news | business | 173
Lloyds says 780 jobs will go this year, Direct Line is cutting 800 positions, and Virgin Money 500.
Frankie & Benny's owner speeds up closures
26/02/2020 | news | business | 76
The Restaurant Group, which also owns Chiquito, says 90 restaurants are set to close by end of 2021.
Global shares mixed after coronavirus rout
26/02/2020 | news | business | 184
Stock markets are mixed after days of turmoil driven by fears about the coronavirus.
Drinks giant warns coronavirus will hit profits
26/02/2020 | news | business | 111
Diageo, which makes Guinness, expects sales to slide this year as bars across China close.
Virgin Galactic sees demand for space travel surge
26/02/2020 | news | business | 434
Sir Richard Branson's firm says it is releasing more tickets for flights into space.
Tesco bakeries overhaul puts 1,800 jobs at risk
25/02/2020 | news | business | 599
The supermarket chain says it will need fewer members of staff as it makes changes to its larger stores.
UK 'would be insane' to let in chlorinated chicken
25/02/2020 | news | business | 3,073
Farmers say allowing food imports that would be illegal to produce in the UK would be "morally bankrupt".
Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?
25/02/2020 | news | business | 378
What are the rights to pay for workers who self-isolate to restrict the spread of coronavirus?
Manchester United suffer drop in revenue
25/02/2020 | news | business | 111
The absence of Champions League football is largely responsible for the club bringing in less money.
Coronavirus: Gulf states suspend more flights
25/02/2020 | news | business | 60
Gulf states are imposing flight restrictions to try to slow the spread of the virus.
Financial markets drop again on coronavirus fears
25/02/2020 | news | business | 179
In the US, the Dow and S&P fell 3% for a second day, while the UK's FTSE dropped to a 12-month low.
Global stock markets plunge on coronavirus fears
24/02/2020 | news | business | 637
The FTSE 100 suffered its sharpest drop in four years as investors worry about the virus spreading.
Coronavirus credit crunch hits Chinese firms
24/02/2020 | news | business | 96
Prolonged shutdowns for businesses in China are bringing many firms to the brink of collapse.
Public redundancy bill hits seven-year high
23/02/2020 | news | business | 83
Taxpayers are facing a £346m bill after a spate of high-profile business failures on the High Street.
First class stamps to rise 6p to 76p
21/02/2020 | news | business | 612
The Royal Mail is increasing the cost of postage again, with first-class stamps rising 6p to 76p
Car sales in China fall 92% as coronavirus hits
21/02/2020 | news | business | 211
Car dealerships remain closed and buyers stay away as the coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on sales.
Coronavirus outbreak to cost airlines almost $30bn
21/02/2020 | news | business | 70
Airline industry body IATA predicts global air travel demand will fall for the first time since 2009.
JP Morgan economists warn of climate 'catastrophe'
20/02/2020 | news | business | 244
Researchers say delaying climate change action risks "potentially catastrophic outcomes".
Turning billions of £20 notes into compost
20/02/2020 | news | business | 113
Around two billion paper £20 notes will be replaced with polymer notes in the next few months.
Clothes sales fuel retail bounce-back in January
20/02/2020 | news | business | 316
Post-Christmas sales helped retailers see their best growth since March, official figures show.
Airlines warn of coronavirus earnings impact
20/02/2020 | news | business | 86
The alerts by Qantas and Air France-KLM come as concerns grow over the hit to the global economy.
Brexit complicates EU budget plans
19/02/2020 | news | business | 2,697
Leaders are meeting this week to discuss budget plans in challenging discussions.
Axminster Carpets collapses into administration
19/02/2020 | news | business | 80
The 265-year-old business had been trying to secure a rescue deal for weeks.
New £20 featuring painter Turner enters circulation
19/02/2020 | news | business | 385
A new polymer £20 banknote featuring artist JMW Turner starts to appear in ATMs on Thursday.
WH Smith in spat with Telegraph over pricing
19/02/2020 | news | business | 447
The UK retailer has removed the Daily Telegraph newspaper from 120 shops in railway stations.
UK house prices rising fastest in Yorkshire
19/02/2020 | news | business | 71
House prices climbed 3.9% in Yorkshire and Humber last year, but just 1.2% in the South East.
Fuel prices push UK inflation to six-month high
19/02/2020 | news | business | 684
Consumer Prices Index inflation rose to 1.8%, but remains below the Bank of England's 2% target.
Jaguar Land Rover 'shipping parts in suitcases'
18/02/2020 | news | business | 119
The UK's largest carmaker has said it could run out of some parts in two weeks over supply chain issues.
UK's cash system 'will collapse without new laws'
18/02/2020 | news | business | 748
British bank notes and coins could disappear much earlier than expected, campaigners warn.
Asda's Christmas sales hit by 'cautious' spending
18/02/2020 | news | business | 108
The supermarket says festive shoppers cut back on gifts for adults and extended family.
Fertiliser could be used to power ocean-going ships
18/02/2020 | news | business | 295
Ammonia, the key ingredient of fertiliser, can be burned in ships’ engines in place of polluting diesel.
Wages back above pre-economic crisis levels
18/02/2020 | news | business | 1,698
Average wages - when adjusted for inflation - exceed pre-crisis levels for the first time since 2008.
HSBC signals mass job cuts as profits plunge
18/02/2020 | news | business | 597
Interim chief executive Noel Quinn reveals extensive job cuts and restructuring to shake up the bank.
Regular savers tempted with cash prizes
17/02/2020 | news | business | 69
Nationwide is offering a prize draw to lure savers, but would it be better to choose higher rates?
No putting meat on expenses, says property firm
17/02/2020 | news | business | 1,154
Developers Igloo Regeneration has gone vegetarian to cut its environmental impact.
Shoe Zone warns 100 stores could close
17/02/2020 | news | business | 204
Its chief executive has told the BBC that it will close shops if business rates do not change.
Laura Ashley appeals for funding as sales fall 10%
17/02/2020 | news | business | 148
The British retailer warns it will "consider all appropriate options" if it cannot raise the extra money.
Coronavirus triggers boom in private jet inquiries
17/02/2020 | news | business | 46
Private jet firms have seen a huge rise in people hoping to hire planes but they can't meet demand.
Tesco told not to block rival supermarkets
14/02/2020 | news | business | 134
The UK competition authority tells Tesco to stop preventing other supermarkets from leasing nearby sites.
Pound boost for late winter holidaymakers
14/02/2020 | news | business | 150
Sterling is close to its highest level against the euro since the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum.
German economy barely grows at end of 2019
14/02/2020 | news | business | 309
According to new official figures, the German economy stagnated in the final three months of last year.
RBS Group to change its name to NatWest
14/02/2020 | news | business | 370
New chief executive Alison Rose calls the bank's latest results the "start of a new era".
Facebook boss 'happy to pay more tax in Europe'
13/02/2020 | news | business | 232
Mark Zuckerberg says he understands the "frustration about how tech companies are taxed in Europe".
British Gas owner hit by energy price cap
13/02/2020 | news | business | 64
Centrica shares sink 15% after the firm blames the cap on energy bills and falling gas prices for a £1bn loss.
Ford boss urges re-think on electric hybrid car ban
13/02/2020 | news | business | 166
Ford Europe boss Stuart Rowley says a possible ban from 2032 should be reconsidered.
Nestle axes low sugar chocolate due to poor sales
13/02/2020 | news | business | 125
Milkybar Wowsomes were the food giant's first products to use a new "hollow" sugar technology.
Cannabis goods ‘could be off the shelves in a year’
12/02/2020 | news | business | 699
Unapproved goods containing the cannabis extract will be pulled, says the Food Standards Agency.
Poundland sells 40,000 rings by Valentine's Day
12/02/2020 | news | business | 135
The retailer says its £1 engagement rings are a hit, as it taps growing demand for Valentine's Day goods.
'Help us or you'll kill the High Street'
12/02/2020 | news | business | 99
The stark warning comes from jewellers F Hinds, one of 50 retailers urging business rates reform.
Petrol and diesel car ban 'could start in 12 years'
12/02/2020 | news | business | 3,335
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tells the BBC a sales ban could be brought forward again.
Challenger bank N26 to shut all UK accounts
11/02/2020 | news | business | 804
Customers are being told to transfer money out of the app-based bank by 15 April.
Customers to get £30 for energy switching blunders
11/02/2020 | news | business | 93
Victims of switching mistakes will be paid automatically under a compensation scheme starting in May.
HS2 go-ahead 'controversial and difficult'
11/02/2020 | news | business | 2,848
The prime minister says he will appoint a full-time minister to oversee the project and "restore discipline".
UK economy saw zero growth at the end of 2019
11/02/2020 | news | business | 1,872
Growth in the services and construction sectors was offset by a "poor showing" from manufacturing.
JD Sports in row over Footasylum purchase
11/02/2020 | news | business | 39
The UK competition watchdog says a takeover could hit shoppers, but JD Sports says the view is "flawed".
Coronavirus: Nissan to shut factory in Japan
11/02/2020 | news | business | 36
The Japanese car maker shuts a factory for two days due to a shortage of parts from China.
Government considers ownership stake in Flybe
10/02/2020 | news | business | 88
Officials are in discussions with Europe to ensure a deal would not breach state aid rules.
Border delays 'could cause fresh food problems'
10/02/2020 | news | business | 3,198
Warning comes after Michael Gove tells firms to prepare for post-Brexit border checks from January.
Government to give High Speed 2 the go-ahead
10/02/2020 | news | business | 1,091
The rising cost of the project and accusations of mismanagement have provoked anger from critics.
Why much of 'the world's factory' remains closed
10/02/2020 | news | business | 113
Apple supplier Foxconn and global car makers have kept Chinese plants closed because of the coronavirus.
How much? Six reasons why HS2 is so expensive
07/02/2020 | news | business | 908
The controversial high-speed rail project could potentially cost as much as £106bn.
Energy bills to fall for millions of households
07/02/2020 | news | business | 590
The energy regulator cuts the price cap by £17, a move that will affect about 15 million households.
Uber sees path to profit despite $1.1bn loss
06/02/2020 | news | business | 70
Spending to expand its Uber Eats food delivery business impacted the firm's bottom line.
Poorer households may get help on energy bills
06/02/2020 | news | business | 123
The burden of paying for clean energy technology could be shifted to the tax payer.
Chancellor’s economic growth goal ‘unrealistic’
06/02/2020 | news | business | 963
There is a one-in-five chance of Sajid Javid hitting growth of about 2.8%, say economists at Niesr.
Water bills set to fall by about £17 a year
05/02/2020 | news | business | 139
Regulator Ofwat had told water firms to invest more in improving services between 2020 and 2025.
Airline asks staff to take unpaid leave due to virus
05/02/2020 | news | business | 150
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific wants staff to take three weeks leave to help cope with Coronavirus.
Is Tesla really worth $150bn?
04/02/2020 | news | business | 154
The carmaker's market value has grown by about a third in less than a month.
Ikea announces first big UK store closure
04/02/2020 | news | business | 1,475
The Swedish furniture giant's Coventry branch will close this summer, putting 352 jobs at risk.
Coronavirus and oil: Why crude has been hit hard
04/02/2020 | news | business | 93
The world's biggest oil producers are under pressure to cut output as crude prices slump.
Aviation 'not the enemy' in climate battle
03/02/2020 | news | business | 323
The Heathrow Airport boss says flying needs to be made more environmentally friendly rather than stopped.
Chicken or fish? UK and EU clash over trade menu
03/02/2020 | news | business | 275
Boris Johnson's speech suggests that the UK will take US chicken before sacrificing UK fish.
Pound falls on fears of 'bare bones' EU trade deal
03/02/2020 | news | business | 586
Sterling drops as Boris Johnson and Europe set out tough negotiating stances on post-Brexit trade.
Nearly one million miss tax return deadline
03/02/2020 | news | business | 647
Anyone with a genuine excuse for missing Friday night's cut-off can talk to HMRC to avoid fines.
Chinese shares suffer biggest fall in four years
03/02/2020 | news | business | 160
The Shanghai index closes nearly 8% lower as investors weigh the impact of the outbreak.
Ports plan for Brexit Irish Sea checks
02/02/2020 | news | business | 234
Stena Line said that its assumption is that new checks will be carried out in British ports.
Workers blame 'painful jobs' for pulling sickies
02/02/2020 | news | business | 115
Some 8.6 million people threw sick days last year blaming work culture and workloads, a survey suggests.
F1 billionaire owner in Aston Martin rescue deal
31/01/2020 | news | business | 623
Racing Point F1 team co-owner Lawrence Stroll's consortium will inject emergency cash into the carmaker.
Watchdog probes pound's jump ahead of rate news
31/01/2020 | news | business | 141
The increase has raised questions over whether the decision to keep interest rates unchanged was leaked.
HS2 should proceed, says government review
30/01/2020 | news | business | 255
The review, seen by the BBC, advises against cancelling the high speed rail scheme.
Amazon: Christmas sales soar as rivals struggle
30/01/2020 | news | business | 99
Sales were up 20% over the festive season in sharp contrast to weakness at other retailers.
Vaping crackdown costs tobacco firm more than $8bn
30/01/2020 | news | business | 25
Marlboro-maker Altria says its stake in Juul is now worth less than a third of what it paid for it.
Manufacturers urge clarity on post-Brexit trade
30/01/2020 | news | business | 77
As Britain prepares to leave EU, businesses say the future trading relationship remains unclear.
PG Tips could be sold as cuppa goes out of fashion
30/01/2020 | news | business | 1,484
Consumer goods giant Unilever says traditional tea sales are slowing as consumers change their habits.
UK rates held as economy shows signs of picking up
30/01/2020 | news | business | 824
Bank of England governor Mark Carney says there are very early signals of economic improvement.
Wonga compensation 'an insult' to borrowers
29/01/2020 | news | business | 886
Claimants against the payday lender have been told they will receive little in compensation.
Three things that went wrong at Northern rail
29/01/2020 | news | business | 89
Why has the network been re-nationalised, and will this fix its problems?
Tumble in UK car output 'a grave concern'
29/01/2020 | news | business | 435
A 14% fall in output last year underlines the urgency of an EU trade deal, says the industry's trade body.
UK house price growth 'at 14-month high'
29/01/2020 | news | business | 268
Prices rose by 1.9% compared with a year ago, but the Nationwide expects property values to be flat in 2020.
Ovo Energy to pay £8.9m for overcharging customers
29/01/2020 | news | business | 317
More than half a million of the firm's customers received energy bills that were inaccurate.
Apple credits iPhone 11 demand for record sales
28/01/2020 | news | business | 104
The tech giant says it is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, which has made forecasting difficult.
Will the Bank of England cut interest rates?
28/01/2020 | news | business | 175
Some think the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee will seek a cut on Thursday to help lift the economy.
Banks asked to explain 40% overdraft rates
28/01/2020 | news | business | 1,342
The City watchdog says most banks have set "very similar prices" under the new rules.
Sainsbury's pledges £1bn to cut emissions to zero
27/01/2020 | news | business | 108
The retailer says it can hit "net zero" by 2040 with action on food waste, packaging and water use.
Would you eat a 'steak' printed by robots?
27/01/2020 | news | business | 130
3D printing is meeting some of the ambitions touted when the technology emerged 20 years ago.
Football banter at work 'excludes women'
27/01/2020 | news | business | 3,721
A management body says sports chat in the office can be a "gateway" to more laddish behaviour.
'Almost 10,000' retail jobs lost this year
26/01/2020 | news | business | 178
Tough competition on the UK High Street means there are more job losses to come, say insolvency specialists.
British Steel: Buyer on standby if sale collapses
26/01/2020 | news | business | 28
Turkish giant Cengiz is "ready to bid" if UK government rescue talks with Jingye fall through.
Insurer apologises to mistaken Michaels
24/01/2020 | news | business | 106
Several thousand customers receive an apology from Aviva after they were all wrongly called Michael.
Stick to two drinks, Wetherspoons tells parents
24/01/2020 | news | business | 1,531
The pub chain says it wants to deter "unruly behaviour" in pubs by children left unsupervised.
Unions warn 500 jobs could go at British Steel
24/01/2020 | news | business | 102
About 10% of the workforce could be axed if the firm is bought by China's Jingye, three unions say.
UK companies see post-election boost
24/01/2020 | news | business | 269
UK manufacturing and services saw their best month for more than a year in January, a survey suggests.
Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029
24/01/2020 | news | business | 940
The firm says it plans to build up to 15 of the mini reactors, which can be delivered by a lorry.
Tinder to add panic button and anti-catfishing tech
24/01/2020 | news | business | 52
The move comes after criticism over the lack of safety features offered by dating apps.
Would the Greta generation play with these toys?
23/01/2020 | news | business | 134
More sustainable toys are coming on the market designed to appeal to planet-conscious consumers.
HS2 risks misjudged from the start, says watchdog
23/01/2020 | news | business | 539
No-one took full account of how complex the project was going to be, says the spending watchdog.
Bosses set out immigration priorities after Brexit
23/01/2020 | news | business | 49
Industry groups band together to call for flexibility for skilled workers to enter the UK.
Morrisons axes 3,000 managers in shake-up
23/01/2020 | news | business | 858
But the supermarket says it will create 7,000 hourly-paid roles as part of a major restructuring.
Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins
23/01/2020 | news | business | 309
Supermarket giant says the change will remove 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment.
Lloyds joins crowd with new 40% overdraft rates
22/01/2020 | news | business | 490
Customers will be charged "personalised" overdraft rates of up to 49.9% from April, but most will pay 39.9%.
Trade tensions rise as US threatens car tariffs
22/01/2020 | news | business | 2,020
The US has warned it could start taxing UK car exports if UK's tech tax goes ahead.
UK told to 'hold fire' on April tech tax
21/01/2020 | news | business | 783
The OECD has said the UK should wait for a global agreement on taxing technology firms.
'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.
'Valuable connectivity': Why Flybe matters
13/01/2020 | news | business | 155
Many see it as a vital service, because it reaches the places that other airlines fail to touch.
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.