Heineken cleared to buy Punch pub chain

Heineken deal to buy Punch pub chain cleared by regulators Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Heineken deal to buy Punch pub chain cleared by regulators The deal to make Heineken the third largest pub operator in the UK has been given the go-ahead by the competition authority. 13:22, UK, Friday 18 August 2017 Image: The deal will mean Heineken will now control almost 3,000 pubs in the UK Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Ian King, Business Presenter The takeover of Punch Taverrns, one of the biggest deals in the UK pubs sector for several years, is set to go

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Weak pound gives boost to UK tourism

Weak pound helps boost UK tourist numbers Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Weak pound helps boost UK tourist numbers Visits to Britain from overseas residents increased by 7% in June compared to a year earlier, adding £2.2bn to the UK economy. 13:53, UK, Friday 18 August 2017 Image: Overseas visitors spent £2.2bn in June Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Clare Downey, Business Reporter The weakness in the value of sterling has helped to boost the number of tourists visiting the UK, with official figures showing that foreign visits to Britain increased to 3.5 million in June. The number represents

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Spending on food boosts July retail sales

Spending on food boosts July retail sales, official figures show Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Spending on food boosts July retail sales, official figures show Strong food sales offset a decline in other areas as July’s “subdued” shop sales reflect an ongoing squeeze on household finances. 11:39, UK, Thursday 17 August 2017 Image: Growth was underpinned by strong food sales, which picked up by 1.5% Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, Business Reporter Shoppers reined in their spending in July on all but food items as official figures revealed the increased cost of living is weighing on household

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B&Q sales hit by bad summer weather

B&Q sales drop because of bad summer weather Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather B&Q sales drop because of bad summer weather Owner Kingfisher says lack of British sun between May and July hit sales of seasonal goods such as barbecues and garden furniture. 14:43, UK, Thursday 17 August 2017 Image: B&Q owner Kingfisher is in the process of implementing a five-year restructuring plan Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Clare Downey, Business Reporter The owner of DIY chain B&Q has reported a drop in sales in the three months to the end of July, largely driven by a poor performance

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Govt wants no physical changes to Irish border

Government wants no physical changes to Irish border arrangements Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Government wants no physical changes to Irish border arrangements The Whitehall paper rejects the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea as “not constitutionally or economically viable”. 17:39, UK, Wednesday 16 August 2017 Image: The Irish border is one of the most complex aspects of Brexit Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Alessandra Rizzo, Political Reporter No border posts or physical monitoring should be installed at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Government said as it unveiled plans for

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Jobs data offers mixed bag for businesses

Employment and wage data shows UK economy is out of balance Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Employment and wage data shows UK economy is out of balance Today’s figures show that employment is at an all-time high while real-term earnings are falling – but this shouldn’t be the case. 19:56, UK, Wednesday 16 August 2017 Image: Some economists say recent weakness in wage growth is due to Brexit uncertainty Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail Ian King Business Presenter Twitter Follow Ian Two specific developments leap out of today’s jobs data. Firstly, that employment in the UK economy is at an

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<a href='http://news.sky.com/story/govt-hopes-to-strike-new-trade-deals-during-transition-10989413'>UK hopes to strike new deals in Brexit transition</a>

Brexit: UK hopes to strike new trade deals during transitional period Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Brexit: UK hopes to strike new trade deals during transitional period As the Government publishes its proposal for a customs union deal, the EU Parliament’s Brexit coordinator calls it “fantasy”. 17:38, UK, Tuesday 15 August 2017 Image: The position paper is the first of a series being published by the Government Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Darren McCaffrey, Political Correspondent Ministers hope to negotiate and complete trade deals with other countries during any Brexit transitional period, a Government document has said. Brexit Secretary

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RBS to cut 880 IT jobs in London, says Unite

RBS to cut 880 IT jobs in London by 2020, says Unite Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather RBS to cut 880 IT jobs in London by 2020, says Unite The union says the cost-cutting drive will leave “a skeleton service with customers and remaining staff paying the price”. 14:59, UK, Tuesday 15 August 2017 Image: Unite says staff at the bank have been told about the job cuts Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, Business Reporter State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to cut 880 IT jobs by 2020, Unite has said. The bank has told staff

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Japan's economy beats forecasts growing by 4%

Japan’s economy posts longest unbroken growth streak in more than a decade Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Japan’s economy posts longest unbroken growth streak in more than a decade Japan is growing faster than the US, whose economy grew an annualised 2.6% in the same period, and appreciably faster than the UK. 13:29, UK, Monday 14 August 2017 Image: Japan’s economy has now grown for sixth successive quarters Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail By Ian King, Sky News Business Presenter Japan’s economy has enjoyed its longest unbroken run of growth in more than a decade, official figures reveal. The world’s

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Uber drivers allowed tips and waiting charges

Uber drivers allowed tips and to charge passengers who keep them waiting Search Watch Live Home UK Brexit Trump World Business Politics Tech Entertainment Offbeat Weather Uber drivers allowed tips and to charge passengers who keep them waiting The ride-hailing company is to start charging people who keep drivers waiting as it rolls out a number of updates to its app. 15:54, UK, Monday 14 August 2017 Image: Uber’s rapid growth has seen it become a multi-billion-dollar company Twitter Facebook Google+ Whats App Mail Uber users will be able to leave drivers a tip via the ride-hailing company’s smartphone app – but could also now be charged for keeping cabs

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