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Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTighter rules need for short term lets? Airbnb was born from two flatmates renting out their spare room in San Francisco for some extra cash, but now short-term lets have grown into a mass market. Research by the Residential Landlords Association published …

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Asda and Aldi stop energy drink sales to under-16s

Image copyright AFP/PA Asda and Aldi are to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16 from early March. Their move comes after The retailers followed Waitrose announced that customers buying drinks after 5 March could be asked to show ID. Asda has become the first of the …

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'Poor' British Steel pensions advice reviewed by police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tata Steel runs the UK’s largest steel works in Port Talbot Reports Port Talbot steelworkers have been given poor pensions advice are being looked into by police. Tata Steel employees have claimed they have been mis-sold advice about moving from the British Steel Pension …

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Carillion plan dubbed 'sticking plaster'

Image copyright PA Help offered by the banks to firms left high and dry by Carillion’s collapse is no more than a “sticking plaster” solution, industry representatives say. Business Secretary Greg Clark has said support from a government-led task force and the banks will “maximise continuity” for small businesses. But …

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UK retail sales fall in December

Image copyright PA UK retail sales fell by 1.5% in December compared with November, a sharper fall than expected. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said many shoppers had shifted spending to November from December to take advantage of Black Friday offers. For 2017 as a whole, the quantity bought …

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Carpetright shares crash on profit warning

Image copyright Getty Images Shares in floor coverings specialist Carpetright have plunged 45% after it warned that full-year profits would be much less than expected. It blamed the profit alert on a “sharp deterioration” in UK trade, with sales in the key post-Christmas period “significantly behind expectations”. Carpetright now expects …

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HSBC to pay $101.5m to settle currency rigging probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption HSBC Holdings has its roots in Hong Kong and is Europe’s biggest bank HSBC has agreed to pay $101.1m (£72.7m) to settle a US criminal investigation into rigged currency transactions. The bank has admitted its traders twice misused confidential information provided to them by …

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Flexible working

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKaytie gave up her job after her second child Should our jobs work around our families? Or should our families fit around our jobs? Since 2014 anyone who’s been employed with a company for more than six months has been entitled to …

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ATM shake-up could leave many without cash, consumer group warns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Which? says the plans could lead to “mass closures” of ATMs Plans to shake-up the UK’s ATM network may leave many remote areas with little or no access to cash, consumer group Which? has warned. Link – which manages the network – wants to …

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Switch on, switch off

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFed up with motorway driving? Now you can switch to virtual reality When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat at 60mph on a rain-lashed motorway, covering your eyes would normally be a dangerous, if not downright suicidal move. Putting on a virtual …

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