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Shire faces bid battle from Allergan and Takeda

Allergan may bid for the London-listed rare diseases drug maker after Takeda confirms [...]

House of Fraser calls in KPMG to draw up turnaround plan

The department store chain has asked KPMG to look at options which may involve store closures and job [...]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Plan for a ban in England is announced as Commonwealth leaders are urged to tackle plastic [...]

Questions over Conservative donor tax probe

HMRC denies refusing to assist with a probe into a French telecoms firm because it had been a Tory [...]

John McDonnell says Labour offering the City ‘new start’

A Labour government would offer bankers a seat at the table on policy making, John McDonnell [...]

Why is Billy Bragg at the Bank of England?

The last time the singer was at the Bank he was “kettled” – this time he’s talking economic [...]

Apprenticeships down amid ‘frustration’

A year after the introduction of the levy scheme the number of new apprenticeships has fallen [...]

Why shopping needs to be more fun

The entrepreneur who brought Tiger to the UK says shops need an “emotional connection” with [...]

The office where the average age of employees is just 25

Staff say they focus on a “life-life” balance, not a work-life [...]

PPI complaints soar as Arnie tells people to ‘do it now’

The number of complaints about PPI has jumped, following adverts featuring Schwarzenegger [...]

Debenhams sales hit by ‘Beast from the East’

Profits crash at the department store chain as freezing weather takes its toll on [...]

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator [...]

Rogue landlords ‘should have properties confiscated’

MPs are calling for landlords who exploit their tenants to have their properties taken [...]

Casino operator Wynn Resorts adds three women to board

Wynn is continuing to grapple with sexual misconduct allegations regarding former head Steve [...]

Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears

One Commonwealth Bank customer had been deceased for 11 years, an inquiry [...]

Why India’s Paytm isn’t afraid of WhatsApp

India’s youngest billionaire, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, says Indian firms are ready to challenge the [...]

What happens if you ban plastic?

Maharashtra in India has imposed a wide-ranging ban on plastic. How does that affect [...]

Recession risk

The World Trade Organization faces challenges on two fronts that threaten the way it does [...]

Senior WPP boss says staff ‘liberated’ after Sorrell exit

The chief executive of WPP-owned Mediacom says Sorrell had an “owner’s mentality” about running the [...]

Heartbreak hotel

Chris Richardson’s life fell apart after the bank took his hotel and sold it to its own property [...]

Starbucks race row: Howard Schultz ‘ashamed’ of cafe arrest

Howard Schultz said Philadelphia Starbucks incident was “reprehensible” and “not who Starbucks [...]

UK confirms post-Brexit passport deal with Gemalto

The Franco-Dutch firm will make the UK’s post-Brexit blue passports as De La Rue accepts [...]

Elon Musk: Just walk out of bad meetings

Tesla’s chief advises staff to cut short phone calls and meetings as he aims to boost [...]

IMF issues warning on global debt

The IMF says governments should use the current strong economic growth to strengthen their [...]

Clydesdale Bank sets aside extra £350m for PPI claims

The bank says it is setting aside another £350m after reporting a higher than expected number of [...]

Justin Trudeau wants ‘seamless’ UK trade deal after Brexit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants a deal that will “flip over the day after [...]

TalkSport take overseas cricket rights from BBC

The commercial broadcaster will cover England’s upcoming tours of Sri Lanka and the West [...]

More choose budget funerals, says Dignity

Dignity says more customers are opting for no-frills services but the rise has not undermined [...]

UK inflation falls to lowest in a year

A slowdown in womenswear price rises during March sent UK consumer price inflation down to [...]

Bitcoin peaks and falls become race tracks

The rapidly changing value of crypto-currency has been turned into a mobile [...]

Bullring owner Hammerson pulls back from Intu takeover

Bullring shopping centre owner Hammerson tells shareholders it no longer wants to buy rival [...]

Starbucks to shut over 8,000 US cafes for race training

The coffee store chain will close all its branches in the US for “racial bias” [...]

Costa Coffee vows ‘cup recycling revolution’

The UK’s biggest coffee chain says it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by [...]

China imposes anti-dumping deposits on US sorghum

US sorghum producers are looking at “all legal options” available to them in response to China’s [...]

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook asks permission to expand use of facial recognition [...]

Distraction tactics

What should parents say to teenagers who seem to be playing on their computers more than revising for [...]

Wish.com: Penis advert appeared in video game apps

US retailer Wish.com is admonished by UK ad watchdog for the third time since [...]

More heavy losses for Johnston Press

The publisher of the i newspaper, the Scotsman and Yorkshire Post reports a pre-tax loss of [...]

Lloyds Banking Group to close 49 branches

About 1,200 jobs are affected by the closures, but the bank says staff will be redeployed where [...]

Pound remains close to post-Brexit high

Sterling hovers around $1.43 amid expectations the Bank of England will raise interest [...]

Matthew Mellon: US billionaire dies in Mexico

Matthew Mellon, the scion of two US banking dynasties, passed away in a rehab centre in [...]

China opens car market after US tensions

The plans will change rules that require global carmakers to work through state-owned [...]

Primark and JD Sports buck UK retail gloom

The clothing chains both report an increase in like-for-like sales in the [...]

IMF predicts stronger growth but warns of risks

The IMF forecasts global growth this year to be the strongest since 2011, but warns over trade [...]

Construction firm Lagan Group sold to Breedon for £455m

Breedon Group says the acquisition will allow it to enter the Irish construction [...]