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Paddington 2 backers thought to be seeking to cut ties with Weinstein Company

Backers thought to be seeking to scrap US distribution deal claiming family film should not be associated with studio at centre of sex harassment scandal

UK business chiefs unite to demand urgent Brexit transition deal

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Five major lobby groups write letter to David Davis in latest sign of employers’ growing alarm about state of talks with EU

Is the growth in living standards worse now than in the Great Depression?

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New data suggests life is getting tougher now for working-age adults than in the lost decade of the 1930s

Air France boss says UK must play by the EU court’s rules after Brexit

Jean-Marc Janaillac says he is happy to see British airlines fly on the continent – as long as they accept European Court of Justice control

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It's time to reinvent the Federal Reserve | Zachary Karabell


In the coming weeks, Donald Trump will announce his choice for the next head of the US central bank. Now is the moment to do something truly bold


Housing crisis: we will borrow to invest in new homes, says Sajid Javid

Communities secretary calls for ‘big increase in all types of home’ including social housing and shared equity homes


Child gambling: remove 'unacceptable' online ads, regulators demand

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Letter insists 450 operators amend or remove ads featuring cartoon characters and other material appealing to children


Brexit makes a nonsense of Nigel Lawson’s struggle against inflation

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As chancellor, his enemy was rising prices – which is precisely what has followed the vote to leave the EU

Is Richard Branson’s high-speed train in a pneumatic tube pie in the sky?

First airlines, then spaceships. Now the Virgin boss wants to build Hyperloop One – a high-speed, pneumatic maglev railway. But engineering experts doubt that it will ever leave the station

My toddler was injured by a needle in a Beanie Baby

I complained to the manufacturer, Ty, but it hasn’t bothered to get in touch

Can consumers keep the British economy going?


GDP watchers will be out in force this week as third-quarter figures are revealed

Hammond should use an interest rate rise to unpick triple lock on pensions

The chancellor must act in the name of fairness to younger people, and the budget would be the perfect moment to do so

Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms

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Facebook, Twitter and Google once seemed to encapsulate freedom and connectivity. At a hearing on 1 November a new question will be posed: have they become a tool for foreign autocracies and domestic extremists?


Cold Christmas coming for May as Brexit and budget crises loom

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The prime minister is entering a defining period in which she will have to defy enemies at home and abroad

New housebuying rules will clamp down on gazumping

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Ministers are reviewing regulations that will also bring and end to time-wasting offers


Bill O'Reilly settled $32m sexual harassment claim before signing Fox News deal – report

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Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News commentator who was forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32m sexual harassment settlement in January which the network’s parent knew about when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times…


Austerity puts public workers’ wages below private sector

Workers in public sector received hourly earnings of 0.6% less than their private counterparts, for first time since 2008 financial crash


Now is as good a time as any to lose your job, but that's cold comfort to auto workers | Greg Jericho

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I feel sadness at the end of the car industry, and yet I must admit to having benefitted from the policies that led to its closure

Theresa May told to keep pledge over debt relief for poor

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Ambush by House of Lords would force Conservatives to fulfil ‘breathing space’ pledge as millions go into the red


British apple boom brings back hundreds of forgotten varieties

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As events across the UK celebrate Apple Day this weekend, we talk to the growers preserving the country’s ‘lost’ harvest

Saturday, Oct 21

Bombardier’s Belfast workers breathe sigh of relief after Airbus swoops in

Takeover deal reassures staff even if the manoeuvre fails to convince US to lift punitive tariffs on order by Delta

Johnson & Johnson granted new trial over $417m ovarian cancer award

A judge on Friday tossed out a $417m jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.

Help to buy has mostly helped housebuilders boost profits


A Morgan Stanley report shows the government’s subsidy has driven up the price of new-build homes – and now it is lining up another £10bn

Friday, Oct 20

Rich pickings: how Hollywood rivals will profit from Weinstein's downfall

Competitors are moving to snap up the imploding independent studio’s back catalogue, but the assets cannot be fully valued until the scandal subsides

UK budget deficit narrows to lowest level September since 2007

Inflation-fuelled rise in VAT receipts cheers chancellor ahead of budget but analysts warn of OBR cut in forecasts and further Brexit uncertainty

Boost for Hammond as government posts smallest September deficit in decade - as it happened

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A rise in tax receipts contributed to the lowest government borrowing since 2007, handing the chancellor Philip Hammond a boost before next month’s budget

Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: 'I knew enough to do more than I did'

The director admits he knew about an alleged assault involving his former girlfriend Mira Sorvino, and says he wishes he had taken responsibility

Thursday, Oct 19

Goldman Sachs boss talks up Frankfurt as Brexit talks loom

Pressure grows on Theresa May before EU dinner as Lloyd Blankfein tweets plan to spend ‘a lot more time’ in German finance capital

Labour demands review into City of London role in money-laundering

Call from shadow chancellor John McDonnell comes amid continuing fallout from the Gupta scandal in South Africa

UK retail sales slump in September as inflation and wage woes bite

Supermarkets and petrol stations hardest hit as lacklustre pay growth and rising inflation dent spending power

UK retail sales slump as inflation squeezes consumers – business live

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UK retail sales volumes fell by 0.8% last month, as inflation eroded Britons’ spending power

Wednesday, Oct 18

Chancellor asks for scrutiny of UK bank links to South Africa corruption inquiry

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Alleged ties between wealthy Gupta family and President Zuma prompt concern HSBC and others could be exposed to illicit funds

Lloyds shareholders 'mugged' by 2008 HBOS takeover, high court told

Investors suing the group claim they were not informed that HBOS was a ‘bust, failed bank’ when they voted for the deal

UK wage squeeze continues, as jobless rate remains at 42-year low – as it happened

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All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest UK labour force statistics

Rio Tinto charged with fraud in US and fined £27.4m in UK

Regulators take legal action against miner for overstating value of coal assets in Africa as two former top executives are accused of hiding losses

Tuesday, Oct 17

Sainsbury's to cut 2,000 jobs across UK

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Store and back office roles axed to save £500m to counter impact of price war with discounters Aldi and Lidl

Bank of England's Mark Carney says inflation hasn't peaked yet after hitting 3% today - as it happened

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Dow tops 23,000 for the first time; Mark Carney says inflation hasn’t peaked yet; Carney: EU banks aren’t ready for hard Brexit; Inflation has hit 3.0%, a five-year high; Weak pound since Brexit vote is pushing prices up; Rising inflation…

UK interest rate rise likely as inflation hits 3%

Speculation rife Bank of England may raise rate for first time in a decade as governor Mark Carney predicts prices will rise further

'No-deal' Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

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Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal while richest will be least affected