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Landmark day for state pension equality

Image copyright Getty Images From Tuesday women in the UK will begin to qualify for their state pensions at the same age as men – currently 65. The move to equalise male and female pension ages began 25 years ago, under John Major’s government, and has been gradually phased in. Women who are 65 on […]

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Brexit: Business leaders call for second EU vote

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Authors of the letter say the original ballot did not reflect the choices now facing the UK More than 70 business leaders have signed a letter to the Sunday Times calling for a public vote on the UK’s Brexit deal. The chief executive of Waterstones and former Sainsbury’s boss Justin King […]

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Irish border problem is a ‘red herring’, says DUP MP

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption DUP politician Sammy Wilson is an ardent Brexit supporter The big sticking point in the Brexit negotiations has been described as a “red herring” by one of the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs propping up Theresa May’s minority government. Sammy Wilson told the BBC World Service there was no “real problem”. […]

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Facebook sorry for ‘white supremacist ad’

By Joe Miller BBC News Image copyright ReutersImage caption Facebook has said it will add more human reviewers to its advertising system Facebook has apologised after it approved an ad campaign targeted at people interested in a conspiracy theory favoured by white nationalists. News site The Intercept was able to launch a promotion aimed at […]

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What is Mike Ashley’s plan for the High Street?

Image copyright Getty Images What is Mike Ashley’s game plan? The founder of Sports Direct seems intent on taking over the UK’s High Streets. This week the businessman, who has a retail empire that spans budget sportswear and luxury fashion, added Evans Cycles to the High Street names in his sprawling and intertwined retail empire. […]

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Lloyds replacing some debit cards after cyber-attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed it is reissuing debit cards to customers affected by cyber-attacks on Ticketmaster and British Airways. The bank has reissued debit cards to all customers that have made purchases on Ticketmaster’s website. It is also working with BA to establish which customers have had their details compromised […]

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How real is Trump’s jobs ‘miracle’?

By Andrew Walker & Daniele Palumbo BBC World Service economics correspondent & BBC data journalist Image copyright Reuters A successful American political strategist once said “it’s the economy stupid” or something very similar. It was a statement about the key issues a good election campaign needs to focus on. Just a few days before the […]

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Comparethemarket may be breaking the law, says CMA

Image copyright Getty Images Price comparison site Comparethemarket might be keeping the cost of home insurance premiums artificially high, according to the competition watchdog. In a provisional finding, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accused the company of using contracts with insurers to stop them advertising more cheaply elsewhere. As a result, it said the […]

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UK audit watchdog chief to step down

Image copyright CarillionImage caption Carillion went bust in January The chief executive of the watchdog that oversees accountants and auditors is to step down, it has been announced. The departure of Stephen Haddrill from the Financial Reporting Council comes as it faces questions about its handling of recent corporate collapses. In particular, the downfall of […]

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China stocks gain on trade war hopes

Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets in China gained on Friday after US President Donald Trump said trade talks with Beijing were “moving along nicely”. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 3.9%, Shanghai Composite rose 2.4% and the yuan firmed. The moves also follow media reports that pointed to progress on the US-China trade dispute. It […]