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Christmas shopping: the winners and losers

Image copyright Getty Images Christmas is the most important trading period of the year for most retailers, which is why their performance over the festive season comes under such scrutiny. This festive season, those with strong online operations and some supermarkets have fared well, while the names of the losers …

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Overseas students 'add £20bn' to UK economy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption London has the biggest share of overseas students, but the biggest economic impact is in Sheffield International students are worth £20bn to the UK economy, says a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute. The analysis says on top of tuition fees, their spending …

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YouTube punishes Logan Paul over Japan suicide video

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow Logan and Jake Paul became social media superstars YouTube has cut some business ties with Logan Paul, the hugely popular vlogger who posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. Paul’s channels were removed from YouTube’s …

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The areas where house prices rose fastest in 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Homes in Wales saw price rises of 8% in 2017 Homeowners in the East Midlands and Wales saw the value of their properties rise faster than anywhere else in the UK last year, according to the UK’s largest mortgage lender. Both areas saw prices …

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M&S and Tesco report mixed fortunes over Christmas

Image copyright Getty Images Marks and Spencer saw sales fall over the key Christmas period, while Tesco reported record trading over the festive season. M&S said its like-for-like revenues fell 1.4% in the 13 weeks to 30 December. Clothing and homewear fell 2.8%, while food was down 0.4%. By contrast, …

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Australia's iconic Violet Crumble chocolate back in local ownership

Image caption Violet Crumble is considered one of Australia’s greatest chocolate brands Australia’s version of the Crunchie bar, Violet Crumble, has been sold by Swiss giant Nestle to an Australian-owned firm. Adelaide chocolate-maker Robern Menz bought the iconic local favourite for an undisclosed sum. While its honeycomb centre makes it …

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South Korea announces Bitcoin ban plan

Image copyright Reuters South Korea is planning a law to ban cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin being traded through its exchanges. The justice minister said virtual currencies were causing the government “great concern”. Meanwhile, several Seoul cryptocurrency exchanges have been raided this week in a probe into alleged tax evasion. Bitcoin …

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Donald's decision

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What trade policies will Donald Trump adopt when it comes to China? Of all the questions hanging over world trade this year, none loom bigger than President Trump. For decades, the US was the biggest driving force behind moves to stimulate more international trade. …

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Net gains

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Celtics have defeated the 76ers in their two previous games this season Two of the most famous names in NBA basketball bounce into London’s 02 on Thursday night looking to move a step closer not only to silverware, but also to boost their global …

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Brexit: May to meet UK financial services chiefs

Image copyright Getty Images The Prime Minister is set to meet with business leaders from the UK’s financial services industry as the government attempts to secure a Brexit deal that will include the sector. Theresa May will talk with Barclays’ chief Jes Staley and Goldman Sachs International boss Richard Gnodde …

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