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B&Q and Homebase sales hammered by bad weather

Sales of seasonal goods such as barbecues and garden furniture fall in the second quarter

Learndirect blames government cuts for damning Ofsted report

UK’s largest adult training provider had sought to suppress regulator’s rating of ‘inadequate’

UK retail sales growth flat but beats forecasts - business live

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Consumer confidence steady as retail sales beats forecasts for July but June’s figures are revised down

Toblerone shape not distinctive enough for trademark, Poundland claims

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Defending its right to launch Twin Peaks bar, budget chain cites Toblerone version with fewer chunks brought out last year

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Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right | Ngaire Woods


Brexiteers argue UK agriculture will be more competitive once freed from the CAP, but the sector needs political support


Out of office: a guide to taking a holiday from your smartphone


The belief that you needed to be connected to the office 24/7 can lead to burnout. An expert explains how business owners can log off on holiday

Metric meter and imperial bills leave Scottish Power confused

I have emailed and sent photos to explain what the problem is, but to no avail


Lack of diversity in UK's top firms could hamper post-Brexit trade deals

The research found that Rolls-Royce's senior management is one of the least diverse in the FTSE 100. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Reuters. FTSE. Lack of diversity in UK's top firms could hamper post-Brexit trade deals. Warning of issues with…


The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley


A breakdown in relations between business chiefs and President Trump will damage confidence and hurt share prices

Learndirect owners still winning government-approved contracts

Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd, a separate entity created in September 2016, has won contracts to train about 3,000 people


Nokia 8 hopes to beat Apple and Samsung with 'bothie', a new version of the selfie

Flagship Android smartphone has dual cameras, spatial audio and aluminium body, but will be relying on brand nostalgia to stand out against rivals

Trump disbands business councils as CEOs flee after Charlottesville remarks

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The collapse of the advisory bodies follows seven different corporate leaders stepping down in recent days after Trump’s controversial remarks


Why the 'best cities to live in' list rewards the safe and the clean

The Economist Intelligence Unit's report on the world's most liveable cities is a go-to overview of desirable cycle lanes and botanic gardens, but where's all the fun? Melbourne. Is Melbourne really the best city to live in? Photograph:…

Amazon stock market value falls by $5bn after critical Trump tweet

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President accuses company of ‘doing great damage to tax paying retailers’, leading to ‘many jobs being lost’ – despite own failure to release tax returns


Downward spiral: dismayed Walnut Whip lovers react to loss of nut

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Twitter users cry sacrilege and blame Brexit for downsizing of chocolate treat after Nestlé relaunch it as Whip

UK car buyers turn to secondhand vehicles

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Figures suggesting new car market is cooling could alleviate concerns over credit bubble in motor finance


Department for Education pulls all Learndirect contracts and funding

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Move comes after privatised adult training agency accused of paying owners millions despite ‘catastrophic’ decline in standards

Wednesday, Aug 16

UK to seek Irish border waivers on customs and food safety after Brexit

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Britain reveals plan to ask for exemptions for all small traders and farmers as it pursues goal of avoiding EU border posts

UK pay growth picks up as unemployment rate falls again

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Living standards still face squeeze as earnings have failed to keep pace with rising inflation

UK wages grow by better than expected 2.1% - business live

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Wages growth expected to be steady at 2% with unemployment rate at 4.5%

Tuesday, Aug 15

IMF warns China over 'dangerous' growth in debt

Washington-based fund says pursuit of growth at any cost risks sharp slowdown or financial crisis

UK CPI inflation unexpectedly holds steady at 2.6% in July - as it happened

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Consumer price index stays at 2.6% despite forecasts of a rise to 2.7% in July

Rail users face steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hits 3.6%

Campaigners call for fares freeze saying passengers are ‘paying more for less’ as RPI jump raises prospect of hefty increase

City 'haemorrhaging' talent because of Brexit, says headhunter

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Fall in vacancies at financial services companies as banks make contingency plans for after UK’s exit from EU

Monday, Aug 14

World's biggest banks face £264bn bill for poor conduct

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Costs for 20 financial institutions for the five years to 2016 are higher than in the previous period, with RBS and Lloyds in top five

Sainsbury's Nisa takeover talks paused after competition concerns


Co-op could pounce on grocery wholesale group after supermarket cools on deal

Markets move higher as Japanese growth beats forecasts, but EU data disappoints - as it happened

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EU industrial production falls short of expectations; Trump could struggle to meet economic targets - S&P; European markets open higher after last week’s turmoil; Japanese economy grows faster than forecast

Uber to offer tipping for UK users – and introduce waiting charges

Union assisting drivers in dispute over employment status dismisses changes as cynical PR move

Sunday, Aug 13

UK inflation tipped to rise again with wages forecast to stagnate

Latest inflation figures due out this week forecast to show prices rising at 2.7% with pay remainin flat even as unemployment continues to fall

Bell Pottinger faces hearing over claims it stirred racial tension in South Africa

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PR company summoned before disciplinary committee, accused of divisive social media campaign in South Africa to benefit billionaire Gupta family

Half of landlords in one London borough fail to declare rental income

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Newham council says HMRC may be losing £200m a year in London alone after finding half its 27,000 landlords failed to register for self-assessment

Netflix will need its comic-book heroes: Disney may just have become a rival

Just as the streaming service acquired its own suite of cartoon characters, the entertainment giant announced plans to join the pay-TV business

Saturday, Aug 12

The growing gulf in life expectancy shows how austerity has deepened inequalities

The prime minister vowed to fight health injustice. These new figures must be a wake-up call

David Davis linked to City trader fined for insider dealing

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Brexit secretary supported banker Ian Hannam in court after accepting lucrative post at his company

A tale of two housing markets: booming Burnley and stagnant Kensington


The cheapest and most expensive areas of the country look very different in terms of buyer interest and optimism

Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices?

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Reports of low prices and slow sales suggest the property market has been hit by uncertainty following the Brexit vote. But how bad might it get?