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Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spain is now set to become the world’s second most visited destination Spain is set to replace the US as the world’s second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Overall, the number of ...

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Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca-Cola has confirmed the price of its larger bottles, including 500ml, will rise in March Coca-Cola has announced it will cut the size of a 1.75l bottle to 1.5l and put up the price by 20p in March, because of the introduction of a ...

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Nationwide delays Open Banking launch

Image copyright Nationwide The Nationwide building society was given a last-minute extension to prepare for an overhaul in banking competition. Open Banking, a system allowing customers to securely use their payment history to get better deals, started on 13 January. The UK’s nine biggest current account providers were told by ...

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Airbus says A380 superjumbo production could end

Image copyright EPA European planemaker Airbus has said it will stop making its A380 “superjumbo” if it does not get any more orders. Sales director John Leahy said Airbus would have to halt the programme if the plane’s main customer, Dubai’s Emirates airline, did not place another order. “But I’m ...

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Auto changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Journalists check out the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 after its official debut in Detroit When car companies debut the next big thing, it has traditionally happened here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the mid-western American city that helped launch the ...

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Wales’ tech companies attract £115m start-up investments

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly £115m of venture capital investment has been injected into tech start-ups in Wales in the past six years, new figures have revealed. UK tech investment saw a record year in 2017 led by London, according to analytics firm Pitchbook. And it said Wales was benefitting ...

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Virgin Trains to resume Daily Mail sales

Image copyright PA Virgin Trains is to reverse its decision to stop selling the Daily Mail on its West Coast services. Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson said he instructed the firm to restock the paper while a review takes place. Virgin Trains had said the decision came after “feedback ...

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Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Image copyright PA Scotland’s economy could be £12.7bn a year worse off under a so-called hard Brexit, according to analysis by the Scottish government. The figure is contained in a paper on the impact of UK withdrawal from the European Union, to be published later. It calculates the cost to ...

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Softbank plans $18bn share sale of its mobile business

Image copyright Getty Images Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 2 trillion yen ($18bn; £13.1bn). Softbank confirmed in a statement that the ...

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Chile complains of World Bank unfair treatment

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Paul Romer is the World Bank’s chief economist Chilean officials have accused the World Bank of treating the country unfairly for several years. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, tweeted “fake news was becoming fake statistics”. He was responding to an interview given by the bank’s chief ...

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Sticky business

Image caption Tracy’s sticky toffee pudding is based on her mother’s recipe As celebrity-backed reviews go, pudding-maker Tracy Claros got a pretty good one. A UK expat in Texas who was trying to introduce Americans to the joys of traditional British desserts, in 2008 her sticky toffee pudding was rather ...

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Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Image copyright Reuters Carillion’s key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant’s collapse. It comes as the chairman of a key group of MPs says there may need to be an inquiry into how public contracts are awarded ...

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