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Top bosses at drugs firm Novavax pocket £34m windfall as Covid-19 vaccine enters late-stage trials 12 Jan 6:58pm Top bosses at drugs firm Novavax pocket £34m windfall as Covid-19 vaccine enters late-stage trials
Novavax chief executive Stanley Erck and three of his colleagues offloaded the stock in a series of transactions since the start of 2020, capitalising on a near-3,000 per cent rise in the share price.
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British drug giants ramp up battle against Covid-19 with a race for vaccine approvals  12 Jan 6:52pm British drug giants ramp up battle against Covid-19 with a race for vaccine approvals 
On a day of major developments, Glaxosmithkline said it was joining an NHS study to test a breakthrough antibody treatment. The drug - known as Vir-7832 -could be a game changer.
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Online greetings card firm Moonpig tipped for £1bn London float 12 Jan 6:40pm Updated Online greetings card firm Moonpig tipped for £1bn London float
The online greetings card firm is following in the footsteps of boot-maker Dr Martens, private equity firm Fore- sight and lender Vector Capital in planning a London float.
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12 Jan 5:30pm Labour vows to let National Audit Office scrutinise state spending
The Guardian
Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds ‘guarantees’ value for money spending to rebuild voter trust
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ALEX BRUMMER: How retail has defied the odds with some firms doing splendidly  12 Jan 5:22pm ALEX BRUMMER: How retail has defied the odds with some firms doing splendidly 
The Guardian
The pandemic is throwing up the unexpected when it comes to the economy. Ben Broadbent notes that 2020 may be the weakest year on record for UK output but 'retail spending growth is the strongest.'
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Littlewoods owner Very enjoys a record-breaking Christmas with sales hitting £500m 12 Jan 5:21pm Littlewoods owner Very enjoys a record-breaking Christmas with sales hitting £500m
The Guardian
The Liverpool group, which runs Very.co.uk and Littlewoods and is owned by the billionaire Barclay brothers, said sales in the seven weeks up to Christmas gained 18 per cent year-on-year.
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Screwfix and B&Q owner Kingfisher celebrates DIY boom amid the pandemic with sales soaring 16.9% 12 Jan 5:20pm Screwfix and B&Q owner Kingfisher celebrates DIY boom amid the pandemic with sales soaring 16.9%
The Guardian
Sales at Kingfisher soared 16.9 per cent in the 10 weeks to January 9, with online growth of more than 150 per cent compared with the same period a year ago.
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Retail mogul Philip Day strikes deal to rescue Edinburgh Woollen Mill  12 Jan 5:19pm Retail mogul Philip Day strikes deal to rescue Edinburgh Woollen Mill 
The Guardian
Administrators at FRP confirmed 246 stores will be saved by Purepay Retail, which is controlled by former owner Philip Day. The agreement secures the future for 1,453 workers.
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12 Jan 5:09pm Updated Compass’s chequered past: Free meals firm has a history of scandals
The Independent
Chartwells, the outsourcing company accused of providing inadequate meals to children, is part of a group that has attracted unwanted publicity before
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Games Workshop is valued at £3.8bn as fans spend more on its table-top war games during lockdown 12 Jan 5:02pm Games Workshop is valued at £3.8bn as fans spend more on its table-top war games during lockdown
The Independent
Pre-tax profits jumped by 56.3 per cent to £91.6 million for the six months to November 29, compared with the same period last year.
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Which investment funds and trusts could do best in 2021? 12 Jan 5:00pm Updated Which investment funds and trusts could do best in 2021?
The Independent
With the pandemic still sadly going strong, markets could be full of surprises - good and bad - this year. Here are 12 funds to keep an eye on, according to FundCalibre.
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12 Jan 4:18pm Brexit: Supermarkets write to Gove over NI food supplies
BBC
The UK's major supermarkets say an "urgent intervention" is needed to prevent further disruption.
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12 Jan 3:31pm Edinburgh Woollen Mill rescue deal to save 2,000 jobs
BBC
Investors have agreed a deal to save the chain, along with Ponden Home and Bonmarché.
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12 Jan 2:38pm Booming housebuilders should be last in the queue for Treasury handouts | Nils Pratley
The Guardian
Vistry Group’s healthy results suggest a sector that’s doing very well despite the pandemic Big housebuilders were mostly agreed last autumn: their sector had rebounded from the first national lockdown but more subsidies were needed to avoid a crunching slowdown this spring. Would the chancellor like to extend his one-year stamp duty holiday on house purchases worth less than £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland? Or delay the post-March slimming of the Help to Buy scheme? If not, it was suggested, a cliff edge awaited.
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12 Jan 2:19pm Programmer has two guesses left to access £175m bitcoin wallet
The Guardian
Stefan Thomas is not the first person to forget a password, but memory lapses are rarely so potentially costly
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12 Jan 2:09pm Updated Oil and bitcoin rise, but US small business optimism slides – business live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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12 Jan 1:38pm Shoppers faced with gaps on shelves as supermarkets battle with Brexit red tape
The Independent
Fresh fruit and vegetable items listed as out of stock on some grocers’ websites as government warns border issues will get worse before they get better
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12 Jan 1:35pm Updated John Lewis suspends click and collect due to virus safety
BBC
Customers will only be able to collect from Waitrose stores following a "change in tone" from the government.
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12 Jan 1:35pm Updated Tesco, Asda and Waitrose ban shoppers without face masks
BBC
It follows similar moves by Morrisons and Sainsbury's, but those with medical reasons will be exempt.
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12 Jan 12:35pm Updated Edinburgh Woollen Mill rescue deal to save 2,500 jobs
BBC
Investors have agreed a deal to save the chain, along with Ponden Home and Bonmarché.
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12 Jan 12:17pm Updated Shell plans to cut 330 jobs from UK team
The Independent
Majority of losses will be roles based in oil giant’s Aberdeen office
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12 Jan 12:16pm No holidays until late March, says Jet2
The Independent
Airline association laments governments ‘aiming for a zero-Covid world’
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12 Jan 11:50am Updated Casino mogul and political donor Sheldon Adelson dead at 87
BBC
He was known for his support of Republicans - including Donald Trump - and the state of Israel.
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12 Jan 11:47am UK tightens rules on using Uighur-picked cotton
BBC
Government says UK exports will also be monitored to ensure goods are not used in Uighur camps.
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12 Jan 11:46am UK nuclear spacecraft could halve time of journey to Mars
The Guardian
Rolls-Royce and UK Space Agency hope to ‘revolutionise space travel’ with deal to build nuclear propulsion engines British spacecraft could travel to Mars in half the time it now takes by using nuclear propulsion engines built by Rolls-Royce under a new deal with the UK Space Agency. The aerospace company hopes nuclear-powered engines could help astronauts make it to Mars in three to four months, twice as fast as the most powerful chemical engines, and unlock deeper space exploration in the decades to come.
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12 Jan 11:00am B&Q owner says lockdown DIY craze boosted festive sales
The Guardian
Kingfisher says sales rose 16.9% between 1 November and 9 January, compared with last year Consumers forced to stay at home because of coronavirus restrictions have retained their appetite for lockdown DIY, driving festive sales at B&Q owner,
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12 Jan 10:57am Scottish fish prices ‘collapsing’ by as much as 80% due to Brexit bureaucracy, industry warns
The Independent
Exporters are struggling to get their produce across the EU border in time due to additional safety checks and administration
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12 Jan 8:22am The Hut Group lifts profit forecast after strong sales in Covid crisis
The Guardian
Online retailer says beauty and sports nutrition products performed well The Hut Group, the recently floated online retail company run by billionaire Matthew Moulding, has upgraded its profit forecasts after strong sales at its beauty and sports nutrition brands during the coronavirus pandemic. The Manchester-based company which
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Digital divorces: How splitting up online could save money and pain 12 Jan 8:14am Updated Digital divorces: How splitting up online could save money and pain
The Guardian
Before Covid-19 many divorce proceedings were conducted face to face. But the pandemic is forcing couples to mediate online. This has brought about some unexpected advantages
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12 Jan 7:59am Royal Dutch Shell to cut more than 300 North Sea jobs
BBC
The oil giant says 330 posts will go, leaving a workforce in Aberdeen of about 1,000 people.
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12 Jan 7:11am Is Donald Trump an aberration or a symptom of a deeper US malady?
The Guardian
Joe Biden will take the presidency but it will take more than one term to overcome America’s challenges The assault on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, incited by the president himself, was the predictable outcome of his four-year-long assault on democratic institutions, aided and abetted by so many in the Republican party. And no one can say that Trump had not warned us: he was not committed to a peaceful transition of power. Many who benefited as he slashed taxes for corporations and the rich, rolled back environmental regulations and appointed business-friendly judges knew they were making a pact with the devil. Either they believed they could control the extremist forces he unleashed, or they didn’t care. Where does America go from here? Is Trump an aberration, or a symptom of a deeper national malady? Can the US be trusted? In four years, will the forces that gave rise to Trump, and the party that overwhelmingly supported him, triumph again? What can be done to prevent that outcome?
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Business deposits at the Post Office fall 27.4% in December 12 Jan 6:56am Business deposits at the Post Office fall 27.4% in December
The Guardian
Some £788m was paid in over the counter by businesses last December, down 27.4% on the nearly £1.1bn deposited in the same month in 2019.
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12 Jan 6:48am UK private Covid test companies accused of failing to deliver
The Guardian
Airline passengers who paid up to £330 for urgent test say they did not receive results in time
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TSB fails to fully roll out extra online security 10 months after deadline 12 Jan 6:37am Updated TSB fails to fully roll out extra online security 10 months after deadline
The Guardian
TSB is still yet to introduce a security measure for all online banking customers nearly a year on from a deadline set by regulators, an investigation has found, while it also relies on unsecure text messages.
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12 Jan 6:36am Oil and bitcoin rise as markets stabilise – business live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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12 Jan 6:17am Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Bonmarché in rescue deal
BBC
Investors agree to save the chain, along with Ponden Home and Bonmarché, which could save 2,500 jobs.
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Hiro to reduce insurance costs for those with smart technology 12 Jan 6:17am Hiro to reduce insurance costs for those with smart technology
BBC
It says the main difference between itself and other insurers is that customers who have more smart home technology products will pay cheaper premiums.
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12 Jan 6:12am Hut Group lifts profit forecast after strong sales in Covid crisis
The Guardian
Online retailer says beauty and sports nutrition products performed well The Hut Group, the recently floated online retail company run by billionaire Matthew Moulding, has upgraded its profit forecasts after strong sales at its beauty and sports nutrition brands during the coronavirus pandemic. The Manchester-based company which
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12 Jan 5:54am Updated Oil and bitcoin rise as markets move higher – business live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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12 Jan 5:53am Banks urged to combat deforestation and halt biodiversity crisis
The Independent
Lenders can play key role in reversing the clearing of forests that results from mass production of soy, beef and timber, say researchers at University of Cambridge
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12 Jan 5:28am Royal Mail names areas hit by Covid postal delays
BBC
Deliveries may be delayed in 28 areas due to "resourcing issues", the postal group says.
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12 Jan 5:23am Royal Mail reveals 28 areas where Covid-19 has limited deliveries
The Guardian
Barnsley, Leeds and large parts of London among those that no longer receive regular post
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12 Jan 4:48am Warhammer sales surge for Games Workshop despite shop closures
BBC
Sales of Games Workshop's fantasy game have jumped as people spend more on hobbies in lockdown.
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12 Jan 4:05am Royal Mail lists areas hit by Covid postal delays
BBC
Deliveries may be delayed in 28 areas due to "resourcing issues", the postal group says.
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Learners out-of-pocket £1.1m due to Covid suspension to driving tests 12 Jan 3:56am Learners out-of-pocket £1.1m due to Covid suspension to driving tests
BBC
The learners have lost out because the Government refuses to extend the date at which theory test passes expire, despite driving tests being suspended.
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The £1.8m classic Aston Martin you need to finish yourself 12 Jan 3:32am Updated The £1.8m classic Aston Martin you need to finish yourself
BBC
The Aston go under the hammer at Bonhams' Legends of the Road Sale, alongside a £7mi Bugatti and 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS worth up to £900k.
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Finding a new job in 2021: 10 simple tips for success 12 Jan 3:31am Updated Finding a new job in 2021: 10 simple tips for success
BBC
Job hunting in 2021 is not going to be easy. But it's not going to be impossible to get hired if you know what to do. Here we offer 10 quick tips you can follow today to boost your chances of getting hired
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12 Jan 3:31am Royal Mail reveals 28 areas where Covid has limited deliveries
The Guardian
Barnsley, Leeds and large parts of London among those that no longer receive regular post
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Six tools to track your own personal carbon footpring 12 Jan 3:30am Updated Six tools to track your own personal carbon footpring
The Guardian
We have put together a list of some of the most helpful apps and websites you can look at now to start cutting down on your carbon emissions today.
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12 Jan 3:10am Updated Coronavirus: Wetherspoon pub chain to remove lockdown-sceptic posters
The Independent
‘It is fair to say that a few of the comments are out of date,' spokesperson says
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Learners lose up to £2.3m due to lockdown driving test suspensions 12 Jan 3:09am Learners lose up to £2.3m due to lockdown driving test suspensions
The Independent
The learners have lost out because the Government refuses to extend the date at which theory test passes expire, despite driving tests being suspended.
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Britain predicted to keep saving record sums during the third lockdown 12 Jan 3:04am Britain predicted to keep saving record sums during the third lockdown
The Independent
Britain's transition into a nation of accidental savers will continue during the third national lockdown, experts predicted, although rising unemployment may mean the amount saved is lower than last year.
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12 Jan 12:24am Firms scrap political donations over Capitol riots
BBC
Many companies say they won't donate to Senators who refused to certify President-elect Biden's win.
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11 Jan 11:14pm Private equity firm eyes stake in All Blacks
BBC
New Zealand's national treasure has burned through nearly half of its cash reserves due to lockdowns.
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11 Jan 11:06pm Updated Samsung bets on bespoke fridges to lure millennials
BBC
The South Korean electronics firm says it is focusing on personalised devices for younger customers.
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11 Jan 7:01pm Biggest fall in UK retail sales since 1995 despite online boom
The Guardian
Impact of Covid lockdowns and shifting spending habits result in 0.3% drop from 2019 level
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11 Jan 7:00pm Retail sales in 2020 worst on record, says BRC trade body
BBC
A slump in demand for fashion and homeware during lockdown left many retailers struggling.
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