Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ remark attacked
Nov19

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ remark attacked

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“There are no unemployed people. We’ve created 3.5 million new jobs since 2010.” Opposition parties have criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond after he said “there are no unemployed people” during a BBC interview. Mr Hammond made the comment as he played down the threat posed to people’s jobs by new technology. He later insisted the government...

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The artists who turned vegan skincare into big business
Nov19

The artists who turned vegan skincare into big business

. The company’s products, such as this body scrub mix, are growing in popularity The tiny factory for Meow Meow Tweet in the New York countryside can be a little misleading. Full pots of melted ingredients simmer on electric stoves. An employee switches between using a whisk, an electric beater and a spatula. Canisters storing coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder line the shelves. But, the company isn’t in the...

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Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered
Nov18

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

. . A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in a bid to tackle the problem of plastic waste. In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help. Single-use plastics include packaging, bubble wrap, and polystyrene takeaway boxes. Greenpeace said ocean plastic pollution was “a global...

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Fox shares jump on sale speculation
Nov17

Fox shares jump on sale speculation

. . . Rupert Murdoch with sons Lachlan (l) and James (r) Shares in 21st Century Fox have jumped amid reports that several major companies have come forward as suitors for parts of its business. The US firm’s shares gained more than 4% on Friday, after several sources reported interest from Comcast, Sony and Verizon. Last week the company, which is led by the family of Rupert Murdoch, was said to be holding talks with Disney....

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Baidu’s voice-controlled smart speaker and other news
Nov17

Baidu’s voice-controlled smart speaker and other news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories, including: Nintendo is in talks with the animation studio behind Despicable Me about bringing Mario to the big screen Games publisher EA faces criticism over Star Wars Battlefront II Chinese search engine giant Baidu reveals a voice-controlled smart speaker called the Raven H See more at Click’s website and...

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UK retail sales in first annual fall since 2013
Nov16

UK retail sales in first annual fall since 2013

. . UK retail sales fell by 0.3% in October from a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the first annual fall since March 2013. Higher inflation had dampened spending, the ONS said, but it also said October last year had seen very strong growth. Other figures showed sales in October rose 0.3% from the previous month, and for the three months to October sales were 0.9% higher from year earlier. The ONS...

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