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Wetherspoon, McDonald's and TGI Fridays workers to strike

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers from McDonald’s also went on strike last year A co-ordinated day of strike action is planned by workers at some JD Wetherspoon, McDonald’s and TGI Fridays outlets over pay. A rally is planned for 4 October in London, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said. The […]

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'Nigeria Air' national airline plans put on hold

Image copyright FAAN Image caption Nigeria Air was due to start commercial flights in December Nigeria has suspended plans to relaunch its national airline two months after the attempt to revive the carrier was announced. Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika broke the news on Twitter after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, saying that ministers had made […]

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French Connection blames 'difficult' conditions for sales fall

Image copyright French Connection French Connection has reported a sharp drop in retail sales, amid what it called “difficult trading conditions”. Like-for-like retail sales fell 7% in the six months to 31 July, with pre-tax losses swelling to £15.1m from a deficit of £5.9m last year. French Connection is closing shops but has had to […]

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Trump's tariffs putting the squeeze on the Midwest

Image caption Wisconsin has the second-biggest dairy sector after California Wisconsin calls itself America’s Dairyland, but just outside the small town of Wausau you can find a less traditional crop – ginseng. It is said to be among the finest in the world and certainly Will Hsu, the managing director of Hsu Ginseng, believes it […]

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Brexit will have 'worse economic impact on UK than EU'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jean-Claude Trichet was boss of the ECB Brexit will have a bigger economic impact on the UK than the European Union, the former head of the European Central Bank has told BBC Radio 5 Live. Jean-Claude Trichet added the break-up was “totally contrary to the new world” of large […]

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Rail: 'Lack of accountability' led to timetable chaos

Image copyright Alamy “No-one took charge” during the timetable chaos that caused severe disruption on Britain’s railways in May, a regulator has said. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) blamed a lack of “responsibility and accountability” for the problems and said passengers were “badly treated”. It said track manager Network Rail, two train operators […]

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Three water companies warned by watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Three water companies face greater scrutiny from the watchdog after posting poor customer service records. The firms have been told to provide quarterly reports of how they’ll reduce complaints from 3.5 million customers. The watchdog’s annual complaints report probed suppliers’ actions when 200,000 customers were left without water after March’s Beast […]

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'Why sheep are important to my wine bar'

Image copyright John Aldersey-Williams/Geograph Image caption Dolgellau is surrounded by hills and mountains – which tend to be home to smaller sheep that do not sell in the UK Llinos Rowlands runs Gwin Dylanwad, a bar in Dolgellau, and has plans for music nights and wine tasting. But long-term she fears businesses like hers will […]

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Labour calls for ban on gambling advertising

Image copyright NurPhoto / Getty Images Image caption Labour wants to overhaul gambling legislation Labour is calling for a ban on gambling advertising during live sporting events in a bid to tackle problem gambling. It also said it would stop people using credit cards to pay for bets and introduce a levy on gambling operators […]

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Argentine GDP in steepest fall since 2014

Image copyright AFP Image caption Argentina’s agricultural sector has been hit by drought Argentina’s economy shrank by 4.2% in the second quarter, its sharpest year-on-year slowdown since 2014. The decline was accompanied by a steep fall in exports, after a drought hurt the country’s agricultural sector. The contraction also came amid a currency crisis that […]

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Jack Ma: 'No way' to one million US jobs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ma said trade should not be used as a weapon Alibaba founder Jack Ma, who once boasted his e-commerce firm would spur the creation of one million jobs in America, has rowed back on those plans. Citing the ongoing trade war between the US and China, Mr Ma […]