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Detroit Auto Show: Firms bet on trucks to boost US sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fiat Chrysler unveils the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel pickup truck Carmakers are focusing on pickup trucks and SUVs as they seek to counter falling sales in the US. Sales of new vehicles in the world’s second-largest market dropped 2% last year to 17.2 million, ...

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Just Eat offers £10 to woman after a driver sent her unwanted messages

Image caption Michelle said the driver’s behaviour was “outrageous” Just Eat offered a £10 voucher to a woman who complained a delivery driver sent her unwanted messages. Michelle Midwinter posted screenshots of the conversation on Twitter in which the man appears to call her “baby” and sends her a pair ...

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Tesco Clubcard changes anger customers

Image copyright Getty Images Tesco has made changes to its Clubcard loyalty scheme – dropping the value of some rewards and raising some others. Shoppers collect points for money spent with the supermarket giant and these then become vouchers which can be used for things such as restaurant meals. Some ...

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Heads up

Image copyright Getty Images Car companies displayed the latest trucks and electric vehicles at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this week. Here are some of the highlights – from futuristic concept cars to vehicles aimed at road-users today. Headlights get personal Image caption Carmakers are doing more ...

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Midlands sees fastest house price rises

Image copyright PA The Midlands saw the fastest growth in house prices over the year to the end of November, official figures show. Property values grew by 7.2% in the West Midlands and 6.4% in the East Midlands, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. London saw the slowest growth ...

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UK inflation rate falls slightly

Image copyright PA The inflation rate dropped to 3% in December from November’s six-year high of 3.1% – the first fall since June. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said growth in food prices slowed during the month and airline fares rose less strongly than a year earlier. However, the ...

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Debt fears for poorer households

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Credit cards can charge interest of 20% a year A third of the lowest-income households in Britain have loans and credit card debts that outstrip the assets they hold, research has found. This debt can become a problem to repay, even if the total ...

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Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

Image copyright AFP/Getty Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own label products by the end of 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May has called plastic waste “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. Iceland says the move will effect ...

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Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. ...

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Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Image copyright Reuters Cabinet ministers are holding a crisis meeting to keep vital public services going after the collapse of key government contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. An emergency Cobra meeting was planned for ...

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Cammell Laird shipyard: Two 24-hour strikes announced by GMB members

Image copyright PA Image caption The strikes will take place later this month Workers at shipbuilders Cammell Laird are to stage two 24-hour strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions. The GMB trade union said up to 500 of its members at the Birkenhead shipyard will walk out on ...

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‘That’s it, go home’

Image copyright PA Construction and services company Carillion has collapsed, putting thousands of jobs and pensions at risk. The firm is involved in major public projects such as the HS2 high-speed rail line and manages public service contracts including schools and prisons. Employees and sub-contractors alike have reacted to the ...

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