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New nuclear plant at Sizewell '20% cheaper than Hinkley'

Image copyright EDF Image caption Sizewell C (light grey on right) would be built north to the existing Sizewell B plant EDF Energy has said it could build a new nuclear power station in Suffolk for significantly cheaper than the near £20bn Hinkley Point C site. Chief executive Simone Rossi …

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Gender pay gap 'widens as women get older'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ONS found the gender pay gap was entirely in favour of men in every occupation. The difference between what men and women get paid widens as women get older, new research shows. The Office for National Statistics found pay differences were smaller at …

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Tesco announces grace period on Clubcard changes

Image copyright Getty Images Tesco is delaying a cut to its biggest Clubcard rewards after it faced a backlash from customers. The supermarket announced on Monday that the value of its reward vouchers was changing immediately, provoking an angry response on social media. It has now pushed back a drop …

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Wagamama and Pret seek to reduce plastic straw usage

Image copyright PA Pret a Manger and Wagamama have become the latest companies to announce an end to automatically providing plastic straws. Customers will be offered a paper alternative, and plastic straws will be available only on request. The firms’ decision comes after Theresa May called plastic waste one of …

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Bitcoin dips below $10,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin came close to crossing $20,000 in December Bitcoin has traded below $10,000 for the first time since early December. The value of one bitcoin fell to $9,958 (£7,222) before making a slight recovery, according to the price index run by the news site …

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Paris, London

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been concerns from UK universities about losing access to European research projects A leading UK university has launched a close partnership with a top French research agency, in a relationship that could continue to provide UK academics with access to European research …

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GKN rejects £7.4bn hostile takeover bid

Image copyright GKN Engineering giant GKN has rejected a £7.4bn hostile takeover bid from Melrose Industries. Turnaround specialist Melrose said it believed it could “deliver significantly greater benefits” to GKN’s shareholders than GKN could on its own. Last week, GKN rebuffed an initial £7bn bid from Melrose because it “fundamentally …

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YouTube toughens advert payment rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YouTube creators will need to have more than 1,000 subscribers to earn money YouTube is introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from its platform. In addition, it has said staff will manually review all clips before they are added to …

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Government reassures over supplier Interserve

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Interserve runs employment workshops at HMP Berwyn in Wales The government has said it does not believe any of its major suppliers are in a similar position to Carillion. It commented after shares in the construction and services firm Interserve fell amid reports that …

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Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: A plan to ‘nurture’ environment Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the …