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Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Image copyright Getty Images Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due to make an interest payment of £26m by Friday. However, …

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Bank sees boost from Brexit progress

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of England says confidence among households and businesses is likely to be supported by last week’s progress in Brexit talks. Last week the European Union agreed that sufficient progress had been made in Brexit negotiations to allow progress to the next stage and to put …

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Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn

Image copyright Disney Image caption Disney chief executive Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, …

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Black Friday lifts UK retail sales in November

Image copyright Getty Images Black Friday helped to propel retail sales 1.6% higher in November from a year earlier, official figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that retailers had reported a particular uplift in sales of electrical household appliances. Sales in November were up 1.1% from the …

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Scottish income tax rises to be unveiled

Image copyright PA Image caption Derek Mackay will be presenting his second draft budget as Scottish finance secretary Scotland’s finance secretary is expected to confirm income tax rises for middle and higher earners when he unveils his draft budget for next year. Derek Mackay will say the increase in taxation …

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China's central bank raises interest rates after Fed rise

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It’s the first time China has raised rates since March China’s central bank has followed the US Federal Reserve by raising interest rates, in a move that has surprised economists. The People’s Bank of China lifted its 7-day and 28-day reverse repurchase agreements by …

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Fake baby milk formula scare hits Malaysia

Image copyright Getty Images Malaysian authorities are investigating the safety of infant formula powders after seizing hundreds of packets of counterfeit products. Manufacturer Mead Johnson said the goods imitated its Enfalac A+ Step 1 formula. The government is testing the powders amid reports of parents saying their children suffered fevers …

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Help is on its way!

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow an emergency services app is helping to save lives Many of us assume that if you call an emergency number like 911, 999 or 112, someone will answer quickly and help will arrive soon wherever we are in the world. But …

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Nothing wasted

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Bean & Wheat’s pates, pickles and desserts are made with off-cuts and surplus fruit and veg A rising number of firms are finding creative uses for surplus food. But are consumers comfortable eating produce that would have otherwise ended up in the bin? On the …

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Counting down

Image copyright Marks&Spencer Image caption Marks and Spencer had a waiting list of more than 45,000 online customers for its 2017 calendar Advent calendars used to be a cheap way to count down to Christmas with a seasonal picture or chocolate treat, but behind the doors you can now find …

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