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  • Why has Centrica raised British Gas electricity prices?

    August 1, 2017 7:19 PM 33

    The claim: British Gas has been forced to increase prices because of rising distribution costs and government policy. Reality Check verdict: Most of the increased costs came from Centrica having to pay extra costs for renewable energy. British Gas announced on Tuesday that it would be raising electricity prices by 12.5% from 15 September. Iain Conn, chief

  • EU airport security checks: Holidaymakers 'face long delays'

    August 1, 2017 1:02 PM 34

    New checks at many EU airports have left holidaymakers facing long queues, an airline lobby group has warned. Rule changes brought in after recent terror attacks mean people entering and leaving the Schengen area, which allows passport-free movement across much of the EU, face more security checks. Airlines For Europe (A4E) said people were having to wait for up to four hours

  • Marmite is one of the most-seized items at airport security because we obviously can’t cope without it

    July 31, 2017 10:58 AM 16

    Instead of being told off for trying to sneak a full 200ml bottle of sunblock and an entire make-up bag through airport security, some of us are getting stopped for trying to jet off with jars of Marmite. According to London City Airport, jars of the gooey ‘black gold’ are the number one branded food item (and in the top 10 foods overall) to be confiscated

  • Car servicing costs to rise by 10% if no Brexit deal is made

    July 31, 2017 10:45 AM 26

    UK motorists could be slapped with a 10% rise in annual car servicing costs if the UK can’t negotiate a deal with the European Union for Brexit. The study, commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), shows that since 80% of car parts sold in the UK aftermarket are imported, with more than three-quarters of them coming from Europe

  • Bank of England set to cut growth forecast as Brexit takes toll on UK economy

    July 29, 2017 9:00 PM 6

    The Bank of England is this week expected to cut its forecast for economic growth as uncertainty escalates in the wake of the vote for Brexit. Last week’s official growth figures for the year so far showed the economy is doing worse than expected and is growing at just half of the rate in 2016. The Bank’s last forecast, published in May, suggested the economy

  • MPs demand action on slow UK broadband speeds

    July 28, 2017 9:00 PM 29

    It previously found 1.4 million people have download speeds below 10 Mb/s, while the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said millions of people had not signed up to superfast broadband. However, the MPs say data gathered by Ofcom does not distinguish between connections for customers not signed up to superfast broadband, and those

  • MARKETS LIVE: London shares fall as Barclays sets aside £700million for PPI; Amazon's big profit miss spooks investors on Wall Street

    July 28, 2017 2:50 PM 11 2

    London shares made are firmly in the red after a mixed batch of earnings from some of the FTSE 100's blue chip firms. Barclays missed quarter two estimates with a loss of £1.4billion, dented by an exit from Africa and another £700million PPI provision. International Consolidated Airlines has managed double-digit profits growth in its first half as cheaper

  • Orders for world’s largest aircraft fail to take off... no new buyers since last year

    July 28, 2017 8:11 AM 8

    The world’s largest passenger jet has failed to take off, with no new buyers emerging since last year and production being cut. Airbus plans to deliver only 12 of its double-decker A380s next year and just eight in 2019, while bosses are uncertain on prospects for future orders. That could threaten hundreds of jobs in Broughton, North Wales, where wings

  • Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world's new richest man

    July 27, 2017 2:53 PM 38

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world's richest person, worth $91.4bn (£70bn). A 2.5% rise in Amazon shares on Thursday means Mr Bezos's wealth has now eclipsed the Microsoft co-founder by $1.4bn, according to Forbes. Mr Bezos, 53, owns about 17% of the shares in Amazon, whose value has now exceeded $500bn. The online

  • Primark under fire for 'sexualising kids' by selling 'padded bras' to SEVEN-YEAR-OLDS

    July 26, 2017 11:41 PM 13

    PRIMARK has been accused of sexualising young girls by selling bras aimed at children as young as seven. The budget brand’s "my first bra" range offers two pink polka dot bras for £5. But customers said the target customers were much too young, and took to Twitter to criticise the company. One customer wrote: “Horrified that Primark are selling padded