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Sleep in a showroom

Image copyright Simon Groves Image caption Guests get to sleep over in a John Lewis store As more of us shop online, retailers are using quirky events and experiences to lure us back to the High Street. But will it work? To many, the idea of spending a night in …

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US tax bill: Republicans agree sweeping changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, revealed details of the final bill to reporters US Republicans from both houses of Congress have revealed their joint bill for the biggest overhaul of the country’s tax system in 30 years. The plan …

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Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol would push up the cost to consumers of most alcohol, not just the cheapest strong drinks, according to researchers. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said a floor of 50p per unit would raise the cost of …

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Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn

Image copyright Newscast Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business, which include Flora and ProActiv, to private equity giant KKR for €6.8bn ($8bn, £6bn). The move follows a wide-ranging review of its business which was prompted by a takeover attempt by rival Kraft. Unilever said it would …

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Britvic confirms Norwich factory closure

Image caption Britvic co-owns the site with Unilever, which owns Colman’s Mustard Britvic has confirmed it will leave its Norwich site, with a loss of hundreds of jobs in the city, in 2019. The drinks manufacturer, which co-owns Carrow Works with Unilever, said it would transfer production of Robinsons and …

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Airbus chief Tom Enders to leave after power struggle

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Plans to find an successor to Tom Enders are underway, Airbus says European planemaker Airbus has unveiled a shake-up of its top management team. Chief executive Tom Enders will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2019, the company said. Meanwhile, Fabrice Bregier, chief …

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Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of Vodafone customers will be able to end their contracts early after the UK’s communications regulator raised concerns over new charges. In April, Vodafone introduced new international roaming charges for 60 countries outside the European Union, and told customers via text message. Ofcom said it …

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Virgin Trains staff hold 24-hour strike

Image copyright PA Image caption RMT and TSSA members have started a 24-hour walkout Virgin rail workers are taking part in a 24-hour strike, in the first of a number of walkouts across the UK. Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association members on Virgin Trains West …

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Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Image copyright PA Image caption The rising cost of sports rights is behind the agreement, analysts say Sky and BT have have signed a deal to sell their channels on each other’s platforms. Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports channels – which show UEFA Champions League and …

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Families 'struggle' without washing machines

Image copyright Getty Images Some households face an “intolerable struggle” as they are living without basic household appliances, a charity has said. Some did not have the money to buy or replace washing machines, cookers and fridges, the Turn2us charity said. Others rely on high-cost credit, such as hire purchase, …

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