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Farmers hit by record straw prices


Low stocks and high demand for straw have combined to push prices to historic highs.

Six shops defying the High Street downturn


It's not all doom and gloom for UK retailers, some are managing to buck the trend.

State pension gender gap 'narrowing too slowly'

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Men still receive an average of £28 more a week in state pension than women despite reforms, says Which?.

Trump targets Opec over high oil prices

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The US President criticises producer group Opec and says high oil prices "will not be accepted".

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Three-way fight


Once synonymous with cheap flights and pre-breakfast pints - is Stansted Airport about to become glamorous?


GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

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Organisations have just seven weeks to prepare for a major shake-up to EU data privacy laws.


Nissan to cut hundreds of UK jobs


The carmaker will reduce its Sunderland workforce by hundreds amid a decline in sales of diesel cars.


Why we have changed our market data pages


The reasons behind changes to the market data service on BBC News Online.

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

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The media regulator says launching more local TV stations in the UK is not viable.


Wells Fargo hit by record $1bn penalty

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The third-largest US bank is fined for issues at its car insurance and mortgage businesses.


Race management


This weekend's London Marathon will make 90,000 compostable cups available for runners.


Scottish Power to raise gas and electricity prices


The move follows recent increases announced by energy giants EDF Energy and British Gas.


Kardashians pull the plug on Dash fashion stores


Kim Kardashian West and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe opened the first store in California in 2006.


Poorest families 'going without food or power'

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Citizens Advice says hundreds of thousands of UK families cannot afford to put money in their meters.

Royal Mail boss Moya Greene to retire

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The Canadian who oversaw the privatisation of the postal service will step down in June.


Barclays boss Jes Staley faces penalty for 'conduct breach'


Regulators the FCA and PRA allege Jes Staley breached rules in trying to identify a whistleblower.

Shire rejects £43bn offer from Japan's Takeda


Takeda says it is in talks with Shire about a potential bid for the London-listed drug maker.

Friday, Apr 20

Premier League club revenues soar to £4.5bn

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England's top 20 teams posted record revenues and also bounced back into profit in the 2016-17 season.

Brexit divorce cost uncertain, say auditors

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The National Audit Office says the Treasury's estimate is "reasonable" but could easily go up or down.

Thursday, Apr 19

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 losses.

Apprenticeships down amid 'frustration'


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

Debenhams sales hit by 'Beast from the East'

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

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 firm.

Wednesday, Apr 18

UK confirms post-Brexit passport deal with Gemalto

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

Elon Musk: Just walk out of bad meetings

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Tesla's chief advises staff to cut short phone calls and meetings as he aims to boost production.

UK inflation falls to lowest in a year

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A slowdown in womenswear price rises during March sent UK consumer price inflation down to 2.5%.

Costa Coffee vows 'cup recycling revolution'

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The UK's biggest coffee chain says it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020.

Tuesday, Apr 17

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

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The coffee store chain will close all its branches in the US for "racial bias" education.

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 possible.

Pound remains close to post-Brexit high

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

Year-long wage squeeze nearing an end

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Unemployment fell by 16,000 between December and February to 1.42 million.

Monday, Apr 16

Vauxhall slims down dealer network


Car maker will cut the number of dealerships by about a third in response to changing consumer patterns.

Pound's strong run continues with push above $1.43

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Sterling breaks above $1.43 as recovery continues from post-referendum lows.

WPP must make misconduct probe public, says Vince Cable


Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable accuses the advertising giant of a lack of transparency.

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

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Chairman Tim Martin condemns trolling and says limiting social media use would be better for society.