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January 15, 2019 7:46 AM Online fashion retailer Boohoo raises revenue target after strong Christmas

While rival ASOS issued a profit warning before Christmas, Boohoo saw sales jump in the UK and US market. The owner of Nasty Gal and Pretty Little Thing said revenue rose 44% to £328.2m in the four months to 31 December, up from £228.2m a year earlier. In the UK, revenues rose 33% to £180m and US sales jumped 78% to £70.4m. Boohoo now expects revenues 141

December 9, 2018 11:09 AM O2 'to seek millions' in damages over data outage

Mobile operator O2 is understood to be seeking millions in damages from supplier Ericsson after last week's day-long data network collapse. O2 smartphone users were unable to use their mobile phone data last Thursday. Ericsson blamed expired software licences for the problem. Customers with a monthly subscription will be refunded the cost of two days' 51

December 7, 2018 1:20 PM O2 customers to get credit compensation for data outage

The UK's second largest mobile operator, which has more than 25 million customers, saw disruption to its network begin at around 5am on Thursday and last for most of the day. The firm said 3G was fully restored by 9:30pm on Thursday, with 4G services back up at 3.30am on Friday. :: Pay monthly customers, SMB business and mobile broadband customers will be credited 89

December 6, 2018 7:26 AM O2 urgently investigating as data services stop working

Users complain that they can't access the internet on their phones as the network says it is doing all it can to fix the problem. The problem is also affecting customers of Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff - which all use O2's infrastructure. The network said: "One of our 3rd party suppliers has identified a software issue in their 71

November 7, 2018 11:40 AM Should there be a tax on red meat?

A "meat tax" could prevent almost 6,000 deaths per year in the UK, according to researchers, but should politicians be telling people what they can and can't eat? Scientists at the University of Oxford say governments should consider imposing price hikes on red meat - such as beef, lamb and pork - to reduce consumption. They say it would save lives and more than £700m in UK healthcare 63

October 5, 2018 9:45 AM Absolute arsehole brings in nice pack lunch every day

AN ARSEHOLE is upsetting his colleagues by bringing a really lovely packed lunch into work everyday. With multiple Tupperware boxes containing delicious homemade meals, Martin Bishop makes whatever his colleagues are eating look ‘totally wank’. Colleague Wayne Hayes said: “Every time he pops out a homemade Keralan curry or wonderfully fresh, organic 49

October 3, 2018 8:29 AM Tesco shares slide despite best sales growth for a decade

Shares in Tesco have sunk more than 8% despite the UK's biggest supermarket chain reporting an 11th consecutive quarter of rising sales. Across the group like-for-like sales, which remove the impact of new stores, rose 4.2% in the second quarter. Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said this was the best sales growth in more than a decade. Sales at Booker 53

September 22, 2018 4:53 PM Co-op to replace plastic bags with compostable carriers

Compostable bags are to replace single-use plastic bags in more than half of Co-op stores, the supermarket has said. It says around 60 million plastic carriers will be replaced with the new bags, which will cost 5p and double as a compostable bag for food waste. Material is certified as compostable if it means it will break down within 12 weeks under 63

September 4, 2018 5:31 AM Jessie May charity shortlisted for Tesco's 'Bags of Help' grant

A CHILDREN’S hospice care charity which supports Swindon families is in with a chance of winning a grant worth up to £4,000. Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home is bidding to bag a big cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative after being one of three good causes shortlisted to win a grant of either £4,000, £2,000, or £1,000. The charity has offices 49

August 27, 2018 3:48 AM Vanilla ice creams 'don't contain vanilla'

The key ingredients were absent from a number of supermarket and branded vanilla ice creams. One in five of the vanilla ice creams examined by Which? contained none of the three ingredients consumers might reasonably expect to find in them. Just half of the 24 ice creams in the survey contained all three ingredients - with the remaining 12 containing 78