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Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Image copyright solidcolours/Getty One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” for launching a campaign encouraging smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. But Cancer Research said the firm was simply trying to […]

The billionaires fuelling a space race

The billionaires fuelling a space race

Image copyright Getty Images Dubbed “NewSpace”, an increasing number of entrepreneurs are joining in the race to create cheap, commercialised space travel. Among these are billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson, who all made their fortunes in other industries. Between them, they’re posing a major challenge to established space industry giants. Fuelled […]

Online sellers ‘pay for positive reviews’

Online sellers ‘pay for positive reviews’

Image copyright Getty Images Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found. Its investigator joined several “rewards for reviews” groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items. Paid-for, or fake, reviews flout rules set by platforms […]

Worries among tenants over deposit return

Worries among tenants over deposit return

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly a fifth (18%) of tenants renting from private landlords say they have waited more than three months to get a deposit back, according to a survey. Mortgage lender the Nationwide said 4% of those asked had a delay of more than six months. A leading deposit protection scheme says the […]

Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

Image copyright Getty Images The plastics recycling industry faces an investigation amid reports firms are illegally profiting from the market and in some cases polluting rivers. The Environment Agency, the regulator, confirmed it had set up an investigative team and was pursuing “several lines of enquiry”. It comes as councils cut back their plastics recycling […]

Government borrowing in September lowest since 2007

Government borrowing in September lowest since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will present his Budget later this month Government borrowing fell by more than expected last month, to £4.1bn from £4.9bn a year earlier. It was the lowest borrowing figure for the month of September since 2007, the Office for National Statistics said. Borrowing for the year […]

Lakeside and Metrocentre owner boosted by £2.9bn bid

Lakeside and Metrocentre owner boosted by £2.9bn bid

Image copyright Glyn Baker / Geograph Shares in property firm Intu have jumped 13% after it said it was mulling a bid from a consortium of investors. Intu owns a number of big UK shopping centres including Lakeside in Essex, the Metrocentre in Gateshead, and the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The consortium is made up […]

Persimmon boss refuses to answer questions about £75m bonus

Persimmon boss Jeff Fairburn has walked off camera during a BBC interview after being asked about his £75m bonus. Mr Fairburn said it was “unfortunate” he had been asked about the payout, which was reduced from £100m after a public backlash. At the time, the bonus was thought to be the biggest ever awarded at […]

No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies, says Stena Line

No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies, says Stena Line

Image copyright Stena Line Image caption Global ferry company Stena is warning that UK ports are not ready for Brexit A no-deal Brexit could affect food supplies and see traders bypass Great Britain, the ferry firm Stena Line has warned. There is “very little readiness” at ports and “anxiety is high”, said Ian Hampton senior […]

Amazon creates 1,000 ‘highly skilled’ jobs in three UK cities

Amazon creates 1,000 ‘highly skilled’ jobs in three UK cities

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon is working on its Prime Air delivery service in Cambridge Amazon has revealed plans to create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge. At least 600 “highly skilled” roles will be added in Manchester working on software, machine learning and AWS, its cloud computing […]

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