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Trump steel tariffs: EU warns it will respond 'firmly'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump on new tariffs: ‘We haven’t been treated fairly’ European Union officials have said they will respond “firmly” if US President Donald Trump presses ahead with his plan for steep global duties on metals. EU trade chiefs are considering slapping 25% tariffs …

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FSA gives more details on meat processing probe

The Food Standards Agency is conducting a review into meat processing plants. It follows serious allegations of breaches of food hygiene standards at 2 Sisters Food Group’s poultry plant in West Bromwich, as well as and serious compliance issues at Russell Hume. Business correspondent Emma Simpson has been speaking to …

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Mothercare shares slide on profit downgrade

Image copyright Newscast Shares in Mothercare fell sharply on Friday after the baby goods retailer warned that profits would be at the lower end of expectations. The also retailer said it may breach its lending agreements and was seeking additional sources of funding. Chief executive Mark Newton-Jones said trading had …

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Why success still smells sweet for Britney Spears

Image copyright Getty Images For Britney Spears, the opportunity to expand into the fragrance market was heaven-scent. Think back to 2004. MSN Messenger, Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, the end of Friends and the start of X Factor. Britney was at the top of her game as a singer, having just …

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Lego goes green with sugarcane-based plastic

Image copyright LEGO Lego’s leaves, bushes and trees are going properly green after the Danish toymaker said they would be made with plastic sourced from sugarcane. The pieces will be included in Lego’s box sets from this year onwards. The move is part of the Danish company’s pledge to use …

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Prezzo to close 94 restaurants in rescue bid

Image copyright Getty Images Italian restaurant chain Prezzo plans to close about a third of its outlets in an attempt to rescue the business. The chain, which is owned by private equity firm TPG Capital, employs about 4,500 people. Prezzo is closing 94 restaurants – including all 33 outlets in …

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Trump steel tariffs: Trade wars are good, says Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump on new tariffs: ‘We haven’t been treated fairly’ US President Donald Trump has said “trade wars are good”, amid controversy over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. He tweeted that the US was “losing billions of dollars …

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SFO seeks retrial of former Tesco bosses

Image copyright AFP Image caption Former Tesco executives Chris Bush (left), John Scouler (centre) and Carl Rogberg (right) The Serious Fraud Office will seek a retrial of three former Tesco executives accused of fraud and false accounting. The original trial was halted at the start of February after Carl Rogberg, …

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Shoddy trade work 'causes knock-on costs'

Image copyright Getty Images Shoddy tradesmen and faulty goods have a massive knock-on effect on the lives of consumers who should be better protected, Citizens Advice has said. Millions of people were left having to deal with the fall-out from consumer problems, ranging from broken broadband to shoddy home renovations. …

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Weinstein Company assets sold to female-led group

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maria Contreras-Sweet said the new owners would launch a new company “with a new vision” The company co-founded by disgraced US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been bought and will now be run by a largely-female board. Businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet is leading the investor …

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