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Retail sales grow faster than expected in February

Image copyright Getty Images Retail sales picked up in February after growing by 0.8% compared with January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Growth, which beat analysts’ forecasts for a 0.4% rise, was driven by petrol, supermarkets and online shopping. ONS senior statistician, Rhian Murphy, said: “Store prices …

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UK passports 'to be made in France after Brexit'

The new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, according to the current British manufacturer. The current burgundy passport, in use since 1988, will revert to its original blue and gold colour from October 2019. The boss of UK supplier De La Rue told the …

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Facebook warned 'enough is enough' by advertisers

Image copyright Getty Images Advertisers are telling Facebook that “enough is enough” following a data breach that left millions of users’ information open to exploitation. It has emerged that ISBA, a trade body which represents major UK advertisers, will meet Facebook this week. If it fails to provide assurances about …

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Trump set to announce China sanctions after IP probe

Image copyright Getty Images The Trump administration plans to announce sanctions against China on Thursday after determining that the country is encouraging the theft and transfer of intellectual property from US businesses. The White House said the actions come after years of talks about the issue that failed to produce …

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Where time is slow

Image copyright Voutilainen Image caption The Voutilianen workshop can spend years designing and hand-making watches for collectors. There’s a separate area inside the world’s biggest watch fair where the showbusiness and champagne is less conspicuous. The huge Baselworld arena, in the Swiss city of Basel, is this week hosting a …

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Changing minds

Image caption Michelle Fernandes was the only black worker in her office Being a black woman in an architecture studio in a posh neighbourhood in Sao Paulo was not always easy for Michelle Fernandes. The former administrative assistant got on with her colleagues and bosses, and was always treated with …

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Robot wrangler

How about this for a future job advert? “Wranglers wanted for growing fleets of robots. Your responsibilities will include evaluating robot performance, providing real-time analysis and support for problems. “You must be analytical, detail-oriented, friendly – and ready to walk. No advanced degree required.” Even if this particular advert has …

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Time owner plans sale and 1,000 layoffs

Image copyright AFP/Getty The US media company that bought Time Inc just weeks ago is looking to sell some of the firm’s most well-known magazines and plans to cut 1,000 jobs. Meredith said the moves, which include exploring sale of Time’s namesake publication, are part of a plan to save …

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Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the giant social network “made mistakes” over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He pledged to introduce changes that would make it harder for third-party apps to harvest users’ information. “I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on …

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Tesla boss Elon Musk's $2.6bn pay day

Image copyright Getty Images Tesla shareholders have approved a huge pay deal for its chief executive, Elon Musk, worth an estimated $2.6bn (£1.85bn). It is believed to be the biggest share-based pay deal in US corporate history. Mr Musk will only get the shares if Tesla hits certain targets related …

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