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Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy 'not enough'

The government’s £3bn clean air strategy does not go “far enough or fast enough”, say campaigners. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a ...

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Italian bank hit by major data breach

Data about loan accounts belonging to 400,000 customers of Italy’s largest bank has been put at risk by two security breaches. Unicredit said that personal data and account numbers could have been stolen. But it added that the accounts’ passwords had not been compromised, so the hackers could not have ...

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Fever-Tree boss cheers £29m shares sale

One of the founders of drinks firm Fever-Tree is toasting a cool £29m windfall after selling 1.5m shares. Tim Warrillow, who co-founded the group with Charles Rolls in 2004, said he was responding to demand from big investors for shares in the firm. The move reduces his stake to 5.4% ...

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Sports Direct boss Ashley wins court case

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley wins High Court battle with investment banker over £15m deal allegedly made in pub This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via ...

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Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules

Fees for those bringing employment tribunal cases to court are unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court found that the fees, which were introduced in 2013, prevented access to justice for workers unable to fund their case. The government brought fees in to reduce the number of malicious and ...

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UK economy sees pick-up in growth

The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The initial estimate showed growth picking up from the first quarter of the year, when it was only 0.2%. The ONS said the growth was driven by services, particularly retail ...

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Nintendo posts strong profits driven by new console

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo said it returned to profit in the first quarter due to strong demand for its Switch console. The company hoped the Switch would be a viable competitor against Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Nintendo posted an operating profit of 16.21bn yen ($144.95 million; £111.39 million) ...

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Nestle to open Japan factory for exotic Kit Kat demand

Nestle is to open its first factory in Japan in more than 25 years because of demand for exotic flavours of Kit Kat. While traditionally the wafer snack has been made using milk chocolate, dozens of different flavours are proving popular in Asia. Flavours like wasabi and green tea have ...

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ITV hit by advertising slowdown

ITV has blamed a fall in advertising revenue on “ongoing economic and political uncertainty”. Advertising revenue fell 8% to £769m in the first six months of the year. However, that fall was offset by good growth at ITV studios, which makes The Voice and Poldark. Its sales rose 5%. The ...

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VW and Daimler face cartel accusations

Supervisory boards at two big German carmakers are to hold emergency meetings later after they were accused of breaching EU cartel rules. Volkswagen and Daimler have declined to comment on the allegations that they and other German car giants colluded to fix the price of diesel emissions treatment systems. The ...

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