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1h 2m Thomas Cook shares plunge as travel firm stands on brink – business live
The Guardian
Thomas Cook shares have hit a record low as the firm races to raise an extra £200m to stave off collapse
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1h 15m New windfarms will not cost billpayers after subsidies hit record low
The Guardian
Cost of supporting offshore turbines drops to less than market price for electricity The UK’s next wave of offshore windfarms will generate clean electricity at no extra cost to consumers after record low subsidy deals fell below the market price for the first time. New offshore wind projects will power millions of British homes under “zero-subsidy” support contracts within the next four years, following a record-breaking government subsidy auction.
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1h 18m Climate change: Offshore wind expands at record low price
BBC
The UK announces projects to power seven million homes with wind power - and no need for subsidy.
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1h 35m Thomas Cook on brink, as pound boosted by Brexit deal hopes – business live
The Guardian
Thomas Cook races to raise an extra £200m to stave off collapse, as the pound hit a two-month high against dollar ahead of a key Brexit meeting
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2h British Airways strike: Some flights reinstated for 27 September
The Independent
Passengers whose departures were cancelled can switch back to their original flights
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2h Thomas Cook on brink, as pound boosted by Brexit deal hopes – business live
The Guardian
Thomas Cook races to raise an extra £200m to stave off collapse, as the pound hit a two-month high against dollar ahead of a key Brexit meeting
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3h RBS becomes first of UK's big four banks to be led by a woman as Alison Rose takes top job
The Independent
New boss to take over from Ross McEwan who will leave for National Australia Bank on 31 October
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3h New windfarms will not cost taxpayers after subsidies hit record low
The Guardian
Cost of supporting offshore turbines drops to less than market price for energy New renewable energy projects will be built at no extra cost for millions of British energy bill payers after record low state-backed subsidies fell below the market price the first time. The results of a government subsidy auction have revealed that the cost of supporting offshore wind turbines has tumbled by almost a third in two years to record lows of less than £40 per megawatt hour (MWh).
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3h Bank of England quells recession fears with the economy expected to grow 0.2% in the third quarter 
The Guardian
The central bank said it expects the economy to grow by 0.2 per cent in the current, third quarter of the year following a contraction of 0.2 per cent in the second.
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3h Thomas Cook on brink, as pound boosted by Brexit deal hopes – business live
The Guardian
Thomas Cook races to raise an extra £200m to stave off collapse, as the pound hit a two-month high against dollar ahead of a key Brexit meeting
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3h Pound boosted by Brexit deal hopes, as RBS appoints first female chief executive – business live
The Guardian
Pound hits two-month high against dollar ahead of key meeting between UK Brexit minister Steve Barclay and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, as RBS appoints Alison Rose as its new boss
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3h Thomas Cook races to secure more rescue funds
BBC
The travel firm must find £200m in extra contingency funds before banks will agree a deal.
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4h RBS is first UK big four bank to be led by a woman
BBC
Alison Rose will replace Ross McEwan as chief executive of the state-owned lender.
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4h Alison Rose to become first female RBS chief executive
The Guardian
Deputy head of retail banking arm will also be first woman to lead one of UK’s big four banks
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5h RBS names Alison Rose as its new chief executive
BBC
The banking veteran will become the first woman to lead one of the UK's big four banks.
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5h Homes for sale with blue plaques – in pictures
The Guardian
From London to Yorkshire, these historic properties all have illustrious former residents
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5h General Motors strike: auto workers hope a deal will change the industry
The Guardian
In their first strike in over a decade, union members are prepared to settle in for the long haul: ‘If we win, everyone wins’ “This is a strike for the little guy,” D’Andre Jackson said, as he held a banner that read “UAW ON STRIKE” outside General Motors’ sprawling Flint Metal Center in Michigan. “It’s not just for us, it’s for everyone,” Jackson added.
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6h Thomas Cook told extra funds needed to seal rescue
BBC
The troubled travel firm must find £200m in extra contingency funds before banks will agree a deal.
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7h Climate change: Firms make green energy vows as call for action grow
BBC
Amazon and Google are among global firms setting out new green energy plans as climate pressure rises.
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12h Why the Booker shortlist is taxing some readers
BBC
Publishers say VAT charged on e-books and audiobooks unfairly pushes up prices for the partially sighted.
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12h How Scrabble became a million dollar idea.
BBC
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how Scrabble became a million dollar idea.
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13h Why is the Fed pumping money into the banking system?
BBC
The US central bank has pumped more than $200bn into the financial markets this week. Should we worry?
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Record number of five-year mortgage deals as families look to take advantage of ultra-low rates14h Record number of five-year mortgage deals as families look to take advantage of ultra-low rates
BBC
Customers can choose from 1,542 different five-year fixed-rate mortgages at building societies and banks according to data firm Moneyfacts, almost twice as many as were available five years ago.
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Kier chairman Philip Cox quits as embattled contractor announces £245m loss14h Kier chairman Philip Cox quits as embattled contractor announces £245m loss
BBC
Cox has been chairman since August 2017 but, since then, Kier's shares have plunged nearly 90 per cent as the company has been rocked by crisis after crisis.
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De La Rue targets Sudan money printing contract as corruption probe continues14h De La Rue targets Sudan money printing contract as corruption probe continues
BBC
The 206-year-old passport and banknote firm has been chasing Sudanese officials in London and is poised to put itself forward if the government in Khartoum requests formal bids, sources said.
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Bank of England quells recession fears with the economy expected to grow 0.2% in the third quarter 14h Bank of England quells recession fears with the economy expected to grow 0.2% in the third quarter 
BBC
The central bank said it expects the economy to grow by 0.2 per cent in the current, third quarter of the year following a contraction of 0.2 per cent in the second.
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London still reigns over its European rivals as a financial centre three years after the Brexit vote14h London still reigns over its European rivals as a financial centre three years after the Brexit vote
BBC
The capital held on to second place in a list of the world's highest-rated financial hubs by commercial think-tank Z/Yen Group, behind New York but ahead of Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Wallace and Gromit animator appoints model employee of 20 years to take over from outgoing boss 14h Wallace and Gromit animator appoints model employee of 20 years to take over from outgoing boss 
BBC
Bristol-based Aardman, which also created Shaun the Sheep, said Sean Clarke would take over from company co-founder David Sproxton next month after a transition period.
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14h KPMG bosses are told to file their own expenses as PAs are axed in cost-cutting drive
BBC
The accountancy giant is making around a third of back-room staff redundant in an effort to cut costs. It has offered voluntary redundancy to 670, with the aim of letting about 200 go.
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16h Updated Airbnb announces it will go public next year after WeWork delays IPO
The Guardian
Rental service, which has about 150 million users in more than 65,000 cities, was last valued at $31bn in September 2017 Airbnb, the home-sharing rental business, is to go public “during 2020”, the company said in a
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16h Thomas Cook told extra funds needed to seal rescue
BBC
The troubled travel firm must find £200m in extra contingency funds before banks will agree a deal.
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Debenhams given the green light to close scores of shops and cut jobs after winning court battle16h Updated Debenhams given the green light to close scores of shops and cut jobs after winning court battle
BBC
Billionaire tycoon Mike Ashley, who runs Sports Direct, helped finance Debenhams' landlords' efforts to overturn the department store group's restructuring efforts.
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17h One in three British rail services run late under tightened standards
The Guardian
Hull Trains has worst and c2c the best record under new measurements, data shows More than a third of British rail services failed to reach stations on time over the past year, according to new performance measurements. Under the toughened standards, trains are considered punctual if they arrive within a minute of the timetable, rather than the previous limit of up to 10 minutes. Under the changed regime, just 64.7% of services were on time in the 12 months to the end of June, a figure the rail passenger watchdog Transport Focus described as “unacceptable”.
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17h Thomas Cook races to raise extra £200m to secure rescue deal
The Guardian
Lenders demand travel firm obtains funds before crucial meeting next Friday The future of
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18h Next blames warm weather for slow sales as shares plummet
The Guardian
High street retailer’s CEO says Brexit is not the cause of downbeat trading picture
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How do you apply for probate and sort out a will without a lawyer?18h Updated How do you apply for probate and sort out a will without a lawyer?
The Guardian
Executors face a tricky choice of battling through probate alone, or paying a solicitor a large sum for their expertise. Sean McCann of NFU Mutual, explains what is involved in handling it yourself.
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FTSE LIVE: Next plans to cut prices in the event of a no-deal Brexit18h Updated FTSE LIVE: Next plans to cut prices in the event of a no-deal Brexit
The Guardian
The FTSE 100 closed up 42.37 points at 7356.42 and the pound was at $1.25 against the dollar.
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19h Airbnb plans to list shares next year
BBC
The home rental site's floatation is expected to be one of the highest profile market debuts of 2020.
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19h Updated Booking.com still duping customers, says watchdog
BBC
The consumer watchdog claims the website is still using 'pressure-selling' tactics.
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20h World economy on track for its worst year since 2009, OECD says
The Independent
Organisation downgrades economic forecasts, blaming US-China trade war and warning on Brexit
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20h Airbnb announces plan to go public in 2020, ending months of speculation
The Independent
Home rentals site lays out much-anticipated plans for listing
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21h Campaigners urge UN to endorse global fracking ban
The Guardian
Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking before the industry torpedoes efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The open letter to UN secretary general António Guterres includes signatures from individuals representing global environmental movements, universities and faith groups.
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21h Updated Bank of England warns Brexit delay would hurt growth, after leaving rates on hold - business live
The Guardian
UK central bank votes to keep interest rates at 0.75%, and warns that Brexit is making economic data volatile
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22h Nearly half of private renters 'one pay check away from losing home', research finds
The Independent
Three million households would not be able to afford more than one month's rent if they lost their job, survey by husing charity Shelter suggests
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22h Dirty crates and vans used to deliver food by Asda
BBC
A BBC undercover investigation reveals poor hygiene at the supermarket's home delivery service.
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22h Hargreaves Lansdown drops exit fees for investors
BBC
Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK's largest DIY investing platform, announced the removal of its exit charges today and called for all its rivals to do the same.
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23h Ryanair boss could get €100m bonus despite shareholder revolt
The Guardian
Michael O’Leary may benefit from fixed-price shares after 50.5% remuneration approval Almost half of Ryanair shareholders have voted against a controversial new pay package for the chief executive, Michael O’Leary, that could result in the airline handing him a €100m (£89m) bonus within five years. A wafer-thin majority, 50.5%, approved the remuneration report at Ryanair’s annual meeting in Dublin, which means O’Leary could land the extraordinary windfall despite widespread shareholder dissent.
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23h Government urged to spend £60bn to limit impact of no-deal
The Independent
"While there would be much discussion of the exact quantum of these interventions, the central issue is that they will need to be much more significant than many assume or than we used to," think tank says
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MARKET REPORT: Metro Bank slides another 6.5% as FCA probes bosses23h Updated MARKET REPORT: Metro Bank slides another 6.5% as FCA probes bosses
The Independent
The challenger bank has struggled to rebuild investor confidence after it revealed it had under-reported the risk of its loan book, forcing it to raise £375m from shareholders in May.
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24h Bank of England forecasts low interest rates for longer
BBC
Policymakers say the UK will avoid recession this year, but Brexit is still weighing on the economy.
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24h Debenhams pushes on with shop closures after legal challenge fails
The Guardian
Department store to continue rescue plan after judge rejects Sports Direct-backed CVA challenge Debenhams is to press ahead with a rescue plan involving the closures of more than 20 stores after fighting off
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24h Outcry as Saga travel firm advertises cruise ‘exclusively for Brits’
The Guardian
Over-50s holiday company apologises for brochure after Twitter backlash
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25h Austria blocks EU-Mercosur trade deal with South America
BBC
MPs in Vienna deal a blow to a landmark agreement which cannot pass without all EU states backing it.
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25h Updated World economy faces weakest growth since financial crisis, warns OECD - business live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the OECD slashes its growth forecasts
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28h Fukushima executives cleared over worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl
The Independent
'This is only the beginning of a major battle', says prosecution lawyer
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28h Watchdog threatens to refer JD Sports takeover
BBC
A takeover of Footasylum may raise prices and hit choice, says the Competition and Markets Authority.
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28h McDonald's and Burger King to cut down on plastic children's toys
The Independent
Schoolgirl petition for fast food restaurants to remove plastic toys amassed more than half a million signatures
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29h Updated China to tap pork reserves as swine fever hits industry
BBC
The move comes as China, the world's biggest pork producer, struggles to contain a swine fever outbreak.
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29h Updated Fukushima disaster: Nuclear executives found not guilty
BBC
It was the only criminal case to arise out of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
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29h Tesco fails in accident management over my car insurance claim
The Guardian
It’s been very difficult after it dropped a cage from a lorry on the back of my vehicle
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Will the government end up losing money on Help to Buy?30h Will the government end up losing money on Help to Buy?
The Guardian
Say what you like about Help to Buy, but if economists in the future are ever looking for a case study of how to get a market addicted to a subsidy it has at least provided them with that.
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18 Sep 7:55pm Wind power: crown estate opens new bids for seabed rights
The Guardian
Offshore leasing auction starts for 7GW capacity project that could supply 6m UK homes The crown estate has opened the first leasing round for offshore windfarms in a decade to usher in a new generation of wind projects expected to eventually generate an investment of £20bn. The business intends to auction off new seabed rights in the waters around England and Wales to wind power developers. The leasing scheme allows up to 7GW of electricity generation capacity – enough to meet the needs of more than 6m homes.
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18 Sep 7:01pm Credit card spending overtakes cash for first time
The Guardian
Data from UK retailers suggests total card spending accounts for about 80% of sales Credit card spending has overtaken cash for the first time, according to data from UK retailers. This means notes and coins have been demoted to the third most popular method of payment. The figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) – whose members are responsible for £180bn of sales – come amid warnings that millions of adults would struggle to cope in a cashless society.
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