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Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

December 15, 2017

  Sky and BT have have signed a deal to sell their channels on each other’s platforms. Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports channels – which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football – to Sky. In addition, BT will be able to sell Sky’s Now TV service – which includes Read More…


Bank sees boost from Brexit progress

December 14, 2017

  The Bank of England says confidence among households and businesses is likely to be supported by last week’s progress in Brexit talks. Last week the European Union agreed that sufficient progress had been made in Brexit negotiations to allow progress to the next stage and to put in place a transition period from 2019. Read More…


Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

December 14, 2017

  Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company. The deal ends more than half Read More…


House price falls now widespread, say surveyors

November 9, 2017

  House prices are now falling in four areas of the country, according to the latest report from chartered surveyors. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said that prices are declining in London, the South East, East Anglia and north-east England. However, other parts of the UK are seeing an improvement in activity. Read More…


Sainsbury’s boss says UK ‘through the worst’ of weak pound

November 9, 2017

  The boss of Sainsbury’s has said the UK is “probably through the worst” of a weaker pound fuelling food inflation. After years of deflation, Brexit currency movements meant there had been a “little bit of food price inflation” this year, chief executive Mike Coupe told the BBC. But he said food prices this Christmas Read More…


Amsterdam bans beer bikes amid complaints

November 2, 2017

  Amsterdam has banned beer bikes amid complaints about rowdy tourists being drunk and disorderly. A court ruling on Tuesday allowed officials to prohibit their use in the centre of the Dutch city, calling the contraptions a “public order problem”. The bicycles are a popular way for tourists celebrating group events, such as stag parties, Read More…


Morrisons notches up more sales growth

November 2, 2017

  Morrisons, the UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain, has reported a 2.5% rise in sales for the third quarter. The rise in like-for-like sales, which measures activity in stores that have been open for more than a year, shows the retailer’s recovery is continuing. Sales at the supermarket have now grown for eight quarters in a Read More…


World wine production ‘to hit 50-year low’

October 25, 2017

  Global wine production is expected to fall to its lowest in more than 50 years, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The group blamed the decline on extreme weather in Italy, France and Spain – the world’s top three producers. Total world output is projected to fall 8% from last Read More…


Old £1 coin deadline looming in one week

October 9, 2017

  People have just one week remaining to spend their old £1 coins before businesses can refuse to accept them. From 16 October, the round £1 coin will no longer be legal tender, having been replaced by a new 12-sided version earlier this year. It will still be possible to deposit the old coins at Read More…


Ford to move away from traditional cars

October 4, 2017

  Ford’s new boss has outlined plans which he says will make the US car giant “fit” to compete in a changing industry. Jim Hackett said Ford would shift resources from traditional cars to SUVs and trucks, while investing in electric power and tech services. The firm will also automate its manufacturing processes more to Read More…