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December 11, 2018 10:40 AM Russia knocks UK into third place of worldwide arms sales

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said the US topped the list, with 57% of total arms sales in 2017. The SIPRI Top 100, an index of the largest arms-producing and military services companies in the world, placed France fourth, with 5.3%. The size of China's arms industry is not included in the report as the data is not available 46

November 14, 2018 9:31 AM Inflation stalls as clothing prices fall

Economists had been expecting the consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation to edge up to 2.5% as household utility bills and petrol prices climbed. But instead, CPI remained steady, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - meaning a little more spending power for households to add to the boost from the uptick in wage growth 93

November 12, 2018 10:58 AM Do you have a lot of guilty pleasures, or is your taste in everything shit?

EVERYONE has guilty pleasures – Blue Ribands, Hollyoaks, the novels of Martina Cole – but do you have so many that it’s genuinely your taste, which is shit? Take our quiz to find out. A) I like a sourdough base, slow-cooked tomato sauce, mozzarella and then perhaps grilled artichokes, black olives, thin-sliced chorizo and chilli flakes? Have you ever sat in your pants 29

October 11, 2018 3:40 PM FTSE 100 sell-off sees £36bn wiped off value

London's leading share index closed 138.8 points, or 1.94%, lower at 7006.9 on Thursday - the biggest fall in percentage terms since June. The FTSE briefly dipped below the 7,000-mark for the first time since April during a choppy session in the wake of a Wall Street slump on Wednesday and steep declines in Asian markets overnight. Shares in New York were volatile 35

August 14, 2018 10:05 PM Rail fares rises: Grayling pleads with unions and train firms

The rail industry should change how it calculates fare rises and staff wages to cut costs for passengers, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. He has asked train operators and unions to use a different, lower, inflation measure to set pay and fare increases. The RMT union said it opposed Mr Grayling's call - made hours before January's rail fare rise is announced 54

June 28, 2018 4:22 PM Markets Right Now: US stocks closing higher Thursday

U.S. stocks are closing higher Thursday as gains for technology companies and banks help the market recover some of the previous day's losses. Health care stocks fell after Amazon.com said it will buy online pharmacy PillPack. Drugstores, prescription drug distributors and others sank. CVS fell 6.1 percent and Express Scripts fell 1.5 percent 31

June 22, 2018 12:27 AM Trout limited to DH with finger sprain as Angels host Jays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout will be the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter for his 1,000th career game Thursday night because of a sprained right index finger. The Angels don't expect to use Trout in the outfield during this four-game set against Toronto, but manager Mike Scioscia says the injury is not serious. Scioscia says it will not hinder 21

June 20, 2018 4:45 PM Man creates an 'optical illusion' that will blow your mind (with the help of a little clever editing)

This is the mind-bending moment a man seemingly enlarges a ping pong ball in an astonishing 'optical illusion'. The surreal clip begins with Kerry Parry holding the ball with his left hand between his thumb and index finger. Mr Parry, of Portland, Oregon, then brings the ping pong ball directly in front of the camera lens, before waving his right hand around 24

June 18, 2018 4:17 PM Markets Right Now: Stocks look to recover from early skid

Stocks are mostly lower Monday, although they've pared some early losses as energy companies and smaller companies post gains. FILE- In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Vincent Pepe stands outside the New York Stock Exchange where he works in the Financial District in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 15. (AP Photo/Kathy 32

June 18, 2018 5:42 AM This Week: Oracle results; May home sales; Philly Fed survey

Silicon Valley software giant Oracle will report its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. This Friday, June 15, 2018, file photo shows a "sale pending" sign is posted outside a home in East Derry, N.H. Investors will get a peek at the state of the housing market with the release of May's existing-home sales from the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday 39