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Motor show

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some firms still use female models in their marketing campaigns Sex sells. It’s an old mantra, but one which the car industry has been wedded to for many years. Since the 1960s and 70s, it has been common at the major motor shows to see models next to the […]

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Two million households to get 'big freeze' payments

Image copyright Getty Images Around two million UK households will receive Cold Weather Payments of £25 each, following last week’s cold snap. The government will pay out £50m, the largest weekly sum for five years. The payments were triggered after temperatures in many parts of the country fell below zero Celsius for seven consecutive days. […]

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Hippopotamus shoes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Courteney Boot Company makes just 18 pairs of shoes per day The air is heavy with the pleasing smell of new shoes as a team of 16 craftsmen slowly and studiously make safari boots. With each pair taking two weeks to produce from start to finish, […]

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Gary Cohn: Key Trump economic policy adviser resigns

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gary Cohn was director of the National Economic Council under President Trump US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump’s team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a […]

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Concert ticket resellers ordered to disclose fees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ed Sheeran’s management pressed for change across the secondary ticketing industry The UK’s four main secondary ticketing agencies have been banned from using certain “misleading” price strategies. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said they had not been clear enough about extra fees added at the end of the booking. […]

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Blackberry sues Facebook in fight over app patents

Image copyright Getty Images Blackberry has filed a lawsuit in the US accusing Facebook of copying features from Blackberry Messenger in a violation of its patent rights. Blackberry, which was once a leader in the smartphone market, says Facebook used the features and technology in its WhatsApp and Instagram apps. The claims come after Blackberry […]

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Vauxhall chief warns of Brexit threat to Ellesmere Port

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVauxhall boss warns of Brexit risk to Ellesmere Port The head of Vauxhall has said lack of clarity over Brexit threatens the future of its Ellesmere Port operation. Carlos Tavares, chief executive of PSA, which owns Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen, said clarity over the terms of the […]

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Lego block

Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Lego’s latest set of annual numbers showed its first drop-off in profits and revenues for 13 years this week. After the Danish toy-maker turned itself around more than a decade ago, last year it failed to click with customers. It said it had produced too many bricks, and had to […]

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McDonald's to switch to fresh beef in US restaurants

Image copyright Getty Images Fast food chain McDonald’s has started offering fresh beef in burgers sold at its US restaurants. McDonald’s is looking to improve food quality and ward off competition from premium burger chains. Burgers containing fresh beef will be sold at most of the chain’s 14,000 US restaurants by the end of June. […]