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WhatsApp urges users to act after cyber surveillance attack

May 14, 2019

  WhatsApp has urged users around the world to update the messaging app after it was targeted by a cyber surveillance attack. Dozens of WhatsApp users, including human rights organisations and a UK-based lawyer, are thought to have been targeted after hackers exploited a major vulnerability in the app in an attempt to take over Read More…


Unemployment rate falls to new 44-year low of 3.8%

May 14, 2019

  UK unemployment fell to 3.8% in the first three months of the year, its lowest level since the end of 1974, official figures show. However the figures for the three months to March showed a slight slowdown in annual wage growth – excluding bonuses – to 3.3%, compared to 3.4% in the three months Read More…


Superdry issues another profit warning

May 9, 2019

  Fashion chain Superdry has issued another profits warning, just weeks after founder Julian Dunkerton returned to the retailer. The company said full-year pre-tax profits would be lower than analysts’ expectations, partly due to weak wholesale and online sales. Full-year sales were flat, but were down 4.5% in the final three months. Mr Dunkerton’s return, Read More…


Sainsbury’s and Asda vow £1bn merger price cuts

March 19, 2019

  Sainsbury’s and Asda say their planned merger will save them £1.6bn and allow them to pass on £1bn in price cuts to savers. Sainsbury’s also says it will cap the amount of profit it makes on petrol. It says it will invite an independent body to check this promise in public. The supermarket giants Read More…


Wetherspoon’s profits plunge by 19%

March 15, 2019

  Profits at UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon fell 19% in the six months to the end of January. It blamed a rise in labour costs, interest payments, utility bills, repairs and depreciation for the fall. Its chairman, Brexit supporter Tim Martin, who generally accompanies results announcements with his colourful opinions, expressed concern that Brexit Read More…


What went wrong at Superdry?

March 12, 2019

  Don’t be fooled by the Japanese characters emblazoned on its hoodies – Superdry was always a thoroughly British success story. From a small stall in Cheltenham market, it went on to become a truly global phenomenon and a commercial success. But 16 years after its founding, the firm started by James Holder and Julian Read More…


UK economy stalls despite strong January

March 12, 2019

  The UK economy grew by 0.2% in the three months to January, matching the growth of the previous three months. The report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a pick-up in activity in January when the economy expanded by 0.5%. The ONS said strength in IT, health services and wholesale trading offset Read More…


Gaming sector now larger than video and music combined

January 3, 2019

  The value of the gaming market has risen to more than double what it was worth in 2007. The video games sector is now worth £3.864bn, meaning that it is a larger market than video and music combined. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said three games each sold more than one million physical units Read More…


Apple blames China for sales forecast cut

January 3, 2019

  Apple has rattled investors with news that its sales have been slowing, blaming economic weakness in China. In a surprise disclosure, the iPhone maker said it anticipated revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) for the three months to 29 December. In November it forecast sales of at least $89bn – a prediction that had already Read More…


Next sales boosted by late Christmas surge

January 3, 2019

  Next has reported a sharp rise in online sales over the Christmas period, while trading at its stores declined. The retailer said strong sales during the three weeks prior to Christmas and the October half-term holiday had made up for a “disappointing” November. In a continuation of recent trends, online sales rose 15.2% between Read More…