Pound slips on Article 50 date

Pound slips on Article 50 date

The value of the pound slipped as the government said it would officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Sterling had risen in morning trade, but the news that on 29 March sent it lower. The pound slipped 0.4% against the dollar to $1.2344. it fell 0.4% to 1.1494 euros. Meanwhile, the hit another record, up almost 5 points at 7,429.8. Dixons Carphone was the […]

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Bill Gates tops Forbes’ rich list but Trump’s wealth slips

Bill Gates tops Forbes’ rich list but Trump’s wealth slips

Microsoft founder Bill Gates again tops Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people, in a year when the number of billionaires rose 13% to 2,043. According to the magazine’s annual rich list, Mr Gates’ fortune rose to $86bn, from $75bn, followed by investor Warren Buffett, up $14.8bn to $75.6bn. It was bad news for US President Donald Trump, who slipped 220 spots to 544 and must now rub along on […]

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Beauty and the Beast breaks box office records

Beauty and the Beast breaks box office records

Beauty and the Beast has enchanted film fans on its opening weekend – taking $350m (£282m) around the world. The film took $170m (£137m) at North American box offices alone and broke a load of records in the process. It had the biggest ever opening weekend for a PG-rated film, and notched up the seventh best opening overall. The film easily outsold the rest of the top 10 combined – […]

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Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services

Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services

Investment in the UK rail network means that 6,400 more train services will be running each week by 2021, according to industry figures. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said about £50bn was being spent on the network, which would result in an 11% rise in the number of weekday services. The RDG represents Network Rail, which manages the infrastructure, and the train operators. However, rail unions rejected the figures as […]

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Vodafone deal creates India mobile giant

Vodafone deal creates India mobile giant

UK telecoms giant Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest network, to create the country’s largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market share, the firms said in a statement. The announcement ends months of speculation over an impending deal. Analysts say the merger was to fend off competition from a new operator – Reliance Jio. Owned […]

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Asda withdraws Slimzone meals amid row with Slimming World

Asda withdraws Slimzone meals amid row with Slimming World

The supermarket chain Asda has withdrawn a range of slimming meals after a disagreement with weight loss organisation Slimming World. Asda launched a range of 12 meals this year, marketing them as counting as “free” foods under Slimming World’s categorisation. Free foods mean a dieter can eat as many as they want. Slimming World said it could not confirm the meals counted as free and said Asda was misusing its […]

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