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18 Jul 2:31pm Waitrose to axe seven more stores putting 700 jobs at risk
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Supermarket to sell off or close unprofitable sites in England as cost-cutting continues
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18 Jul 1:16pm UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts
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Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows Efforts to end fuel poverty and energy waste by making the UK’s draughty homes more efficient have collapsed by almost 85%, according to new government data. The report, published on Thursday, shows that the number of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken each month has fallen to 10,000 on average for the six months to the end of May. This compares with an average of 65,000 a month in 2014.
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18 Jul 1:10pm Millionaires v migrants: this low-pay battle says a lot about Britain | Owen Jones
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Staff are fighting for a living wage at a Mayfair club owned by a man who funded the Brexit campaign. They need our supportIt is quite a scene. It’s a balmy summer afternoon, and 5 Hertford Street – described as
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18 Jul 12:11pm Exit Failing Grayling: the £3bn master of disaster bows out | John Crace
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The future ex-transport secretary will not thank his deputy for saying his ‘track record speaks for itself’ Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. A low threnody emanated from the Commons benches as MPs gathered for transport questions to say goodbye to one of their finest. This was to be Chris Grayling’s final appearance as a minister – not even his closest friends expect him to continue to fail upwards in a Boris Johnson government – and the mourners were out in force to pay their respects. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. There will never be another Failing Grayling. At least one seriously hopes not. He is the failure’s failure. A parliamentary museum piece who has yet to find a job he can’t do badly. No other minister has wasted quite so much money while justice and transport secretary.
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18 Jul 12:06pm Coastal towns hit hardest by soaring level of insolvencies
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England and Wales data puts female rate at 26.6 per 10,000 adults against 23.3 for men The number of people becoming financially insolvent in England and Wales has risen for a third year in a row, with women, and people living in coastal towns most likely to be affected. In
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18 Jul 10:24am Competition watchdog warns Viagogo court action will continue
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CMA dismisses ticket seller’s claim it was exonerated by legal ruling, alleging it still breaches most of court order The competition regulator has warned Viagogo that
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18 Jul 8:19am Updated Iran says it has seized foreign oil tanker in Gulf
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Report on state TV says ship was smuggling oil but does not say which country crew are from Fears for maritime security in the strait of Hormuz, a vital route for oil shipping, have grown after Iran announced it had impounded a foreign tanker it said was smuggling fuel in the Gulf. State television quoting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the vessel was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island on Sunday after issuing a distress call.
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18 Jul 7:20am Women and people on coast hit hardest by personal insolvencies
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England and Wales data puts female rate at 26.6 per 10,000 adults against 23.3 for men The number of people becoming financially insolvent in England and Wales has risen for a third year in a row, with women, and people living in coastal towns most likely to be affected. In
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18 Jul 6:43am Slug & Lettuce owner Stonegate agrees £3bn deal to buy pub chain Ei
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Terms for takeover of Enterprise Inns may change because of CMA requirements The private equity-owned company behind the Slug & Lettuce chain of bars has agreed a £3bn deal to buy
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18 Jul 6:35am Updated Charity shop and antique purchases drive up UK retail sales
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Quantity of goods bought in June rose 1% from May, says Office for National Statistics Retail sales in the UK were unexpectedly strong in June, boosted by sales of secondhand goods at charity shops and antique dealers, although department stores continued to struggle. The quantity of goods bought in June rose 1% from May, according to the
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18 Jul 4:19am Asos issues third profit warning in seven months as shares fall
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Online fashion retailer blames problems with rollout of automated warehouses Shares in Asos tumbled on Thursday as the online fashion retailer issued its third profits warning in seven months, blaming problems with the rollout of its new automated warehouses. The group said sales were hit by the overhaul of warehouses in Berlin and Atlanta, which left the firm struggling to keep up with demand. It now expects to make profits of £30m to £35m this year, far below City forecasts of £55m.
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18 Jul 3:02am Regulator orders water bills in England and Wales to be cut by £50
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Ofwat also wants companies to invest an additional £12bn to improve services Household water bills in England and Wales are to be cut by an average £50 over the next five years, under
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18 Jul 2:00am NatWest’s new cheque scanning system has let me down
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Reader who runs small business is out of pocket because of NatWest’s software update
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18 Jul 1:00am The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires | Aditya Chakrabortty
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The French super-rich promised to dig deep, but such philanthropy comes at a steep price You remember the story, of course you do. One of the most ancient and holy buildings on Earth,
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