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Rail strikes: Train workers at five firms walkout in safety row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Southern is facing its 39th RMT strike on Monday Commuters are facing up to three days of disruption, as staff at five train firms begin a fresh wave of strikes in separate disputes over “rail safety”. Rail, Maritime and Transport union members at Northern, …

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Lots of dough

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption David Page (bottom right) started out washing dishes at Pizza Express before rising to become chief executive David Page didn’t quite bring pizza to the UK, but he did play a crucial role in making Pizza Express one of the country’s most popular places to …

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Grenfell fire: KPMG quits inquiry amid conflict of interest furore

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Survivors are calling for a more central role in the inquiry Accountancy firm KPMG has quit its advisor role on the Grenfell inquiry amid concerns over its appointment. Campaigners had called for the decision to be reversed, saying KPMG had failed to disclose a …

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British bed chain Warren Evans up for sale

Image copyright Warrn Evans British bed and mattress manufacturer Warren Evans has confirmed reports it is trying to sell the business. The firm said it had appointed restructuring firm Duff & Phelps to help it find a new investment partner. The company is currently owned by eponymous founder Warren Evans, …

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CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at an electric virtual reality suit that shocks gamers that will be at CES 2018 All aboard the (self-driving) bus – next stop, CES: Las Vegas’ annual gigantic tech fest. About 4,000 companies – many of them start-ups – …

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KFC jibe at McDonald's with Trump parody tweet

Image copyright Reuters The rivalry between fast food giants has taken on a strange political twist: KFC has aped Donald Trump’s message to Kim Jong-un, in an attempt to feud with McDonald’s. It is the latest in a growing history of retailers, particularly fast food chains, attempting to appeal to …

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Firms may face upfront VAT after Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images The chair of the Treasury select committee has written to HMRC seeking clarification on what proposed new VAT rules will mean for companies. Legislation that plans to change how imports from EU countries will be treated after Brexit has been drafted. The Customs Bill will have …

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Former Guardian editor Preston dies at 79

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Preston, pictured in 2012, was first diagnosed with melanoma 10 years ago, and it returned 20 months ago The former editor of the Guardian, Peter Preston, has died aged 79. Preston, who led the paper between 1975 and 1995 and later became an …

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Carillion scrambles to stay afloat

Image copyright Reuters Carillion, the troubled services and construction group, will reveal a new business plan this week in a bid to avoid collapse. The company, one of the government’s biggest contractors, has issued a series of profit warnings in recent months. The turmoil has sent its shares tumbling by …

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Aspall cider sold to US beer giant

Image copyright Aspall Aspall, the cider brand founded in Suffolk in 1728, has been sold to the US beer giant that owns brands including Carling and Miller. Molson Coors said it wanted to make Aspall the UK’s top-selling premium cider and build on the potential of its vinegars. The UK …

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