Wednesday, Dec 13


Janet Yellen raises interest rates in final act as Federal Reserve chair

Outgoing Fed chief’s ‘final pull of interest rate lever’ comes amid forecast of economic growth, news that will be cheered by Trump administration


Dixons Carphone: no longer a merger of equals


Rising handset prices mean consumers are upgrading their phones less often. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images. Dixons Carphone · Nils Pratley on finance. Dixons Carphone: no longer a merger of equals. Nils Pratley. Disappointing…


Four people arrested in UK raids over ticket touting

The Guardian

National Trading Standards seizes computers and phones as part of investigation into secondary ticketing market


Sports Direct shareholders block £11m payout to Mike Ashley's brother

Majority vote to reject company’s proposal to pay John Ashley for ‘previously underpaid work’ at special general meeting


Fall in employment rate spells end of UK jobs boom

Official figures reveal drop in number of people in work and pay rises lagging behind inflation


Tesco faces legal threat over marketing its food with' fake farm' names

Charity accuses UK supermarkets of misleading customers with fake farm branding and claims Tesco is damaging the reputation of a real farm with the same name

Dixons Carphone warns of store closures as profits plummet by 60%

Company looks to cut costs by reducing number of shops and switching to a simpler model of business after disappointing half-year results

Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch

Popular sites Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter allegedly force users to mine Monero cryptocurrency, report says


Homes for hospitality – in pictures

You’ll find a warm welcome at these properties well suited to entertaining, from an 18th century barn to a mansion


UK employment total drops, but pay growth picks up - business live

Rolling coverage of the latest UK labour market statistics, and other events across the markets


Credit ratings agency wrote to me about a hack, but how did it get my details?

I have never dealt with Equifax and don’t have a mortgage, credit card or loan


There’s a simple way to stop big corporations avoiding tax. Here’s how | Rita de la Feria

If multinationals had to pay their dues where they make their sales, the kind of activities revealed in the Paradise Papers would be a thing of the past


Cars of future will spot potholes and tell us, says Highways England

‘Connected vehicles’ should improve efficiency of route maintenance and improve safety, report predicts

Tuesday, Dec 12


Court upholds Obama-era ban on new Grand Canyon uranium mines

Celebration of the ruling by environmentalist has been tempered by expectations that the Trump administration will side with mining interests to end the ban


Westfield sale looks like a knee-jerk reaction to the Amazon age | Nils Pratley

The rush to consolidate by owners of large shopping centres suggests they are seeking protection from the rise of online rivals


Ryanair pilots based in Ireland to stage one-day strike next week

The Guardian / World

Up to 117 pilots expected to take action, with airline’s flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and Cork likely to be affected

Donald Tusk says getting Brexit deal by next autumn will be 'furious race against time' – as it happened

The Guardian

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating the EU withdrawal bill


Palmer & Harvey: 400 more workers lose jobs weeks before Christmas

The Guardian

Administrators say they have failed to secure deal to sell part of wholesaler, resulting in new round of redundancies


UK fuel prices could rise by 3p a litre after North Sea pipeline closure

The Guardian

RAC warns price of unleaded petrol could climb to 123.76p as oil price is sent soaring by string of incidents


EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

EU funds will be focused on clean energy, and sustainable cities and agriculture, with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also pledging $300m towards climate adaptation


Althea Efunshile joins Channel 4 board after government U-turn

Former Arts Council England deputy chief executive was only candidate for all-white board rejected by culture secretary last year

Italy declares state of emergency after deadly gas explosion in Austria

The Guardian / AU

One dead and 18 injured after blaze tears through Baumgarten gas hub, plunging Europe into an energy crisis


World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration

Bank announces in Paris it ‘will no longer finance upstream oil and gas’ after 2019 in response to threat posed by climate change

New mortgage lending in UK reaches highest level since 2008

Boom driven by people remortgaging homes to lock- in cheap deals as proportion lent to first-time buyers falls


UK Christmas shoppers to spend record £4.2bn on food and drink

The Guardian

Friday 22 December on course to be biggest ever shopping day for food and drink as families stock up for Christmas Day

Bitcoin buyer beware: US SEC warns 'extreme caution' over cryptocurrency investments

Head of US financial regulator concerned by lack of protections saying there are ‘substantial risks of theft or loss, including from hacking’

How big oil is tightening its grip on Donald Trump's White House

The oil industry has stalled action on climate change from the inside and sold America on fossil fuels – and its influence goes back further than people realize


25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds

The Guardian

Gambling Commission says children encounter gambling through social media and computer games

Inflation rises to 3.1%, adding to UK cost of living squeeze

The Guardian

Dearer computer games, smaller than expected falls in airfares, plus rising food, transport and clothing costs spur rate to near six-year high

UK inflation hits near six-year high of 3.1% – business live

Food, fuel, airlines and recreational costs have driven the cost of living up at its fastest rate since March 2012