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Lords seek rethink on UK passport contract

Image copyright Home Office/PA Members of the House of Lords have called on the government to reconsider awarding a contract to print new blue UK passports to a Franco-Dutch firm. Conservative peer Lord Naseby said it would have a major adverse effect on “the whole of British industry, and the …

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EasyJet suspends pilots over social media posts

Image caption The EasyJet pilots have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation said the airline. Two EasyJet pilots have been suspended after footage emerged of them using a mobile phone app while flying. The Luton-based airline said it was taking the matter “seriously” and the actions were “not acceptable”. As …

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Prezzo restaurant chain to close 92 outlets

Image copyright Getty Images Creditors of the Italian restaurant business Prezzo have backed a restructuring plan that will see it close 92 outlets – about a third of the chain, the BBC understands. It’s estimated the move, backed by most creditors, could result in up to 1,800 job losses. The …

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South Africa's lucrative funeral insurance industry

Laying your loved ones to rest is big business in South Africa. The funeral insurance industry is valued at nearly half a billion dollars and people are spending large sums on items such as caskets and tombstones. As the financial burden on surviving relatives increases, many are putting money aside …

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Watchdog raids firm suspected of 200m nuisance calls

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The unnamed firm is suspected of marketing boiler and window replacement schemes A business premises suspected of making 200 million illegal calls has been searched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Some calls may have put lives at risk as they were made to Network …

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Next full-year profits fall in 'challenging' year

Image copyright Next Plc Annual profits at Next fell by 8.1% in what the High Street retail chain described as a “challenging” year. The company said pre-tax profits dropped to £726.1m in the 12 months to January, marking the third year in a row that income has declined. Next said …

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China considers possible tariffs on $3bn worth of US goods

Image caption China is a huge consumer of pork and pork products China has said it is considering imposing tariffs on $3bn worth of US products in retaliation to new tariffs announced by US President Donald Trump. The list of products under consideration by China includes pork, wine, fruit and …

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Call for longer Heathrow night flight ban

Image copyright Getty Images MPs have called for tougher measures to protect passengers and local communities before plans to expand Heathrow Airport are approved. The Transport Committee said a night flight ban of six-and-a-half hours should to be extended to seven hours. The MPs also want further evidence that landing …

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Financial ombudsman to review complaints

Image copyright Getty Images The Financial Ombudsman Service will conduct an independent review following accusations that some consumers’ claims were not decided correctly. The move follows an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches into the service. The programme suggested some staff with inadequate training or knowledge were making decisions on complaints. …

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