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Government automatically enrols firms in case of no-deal Brexit

Business groups urged the government to act after many firms failed to get a customs number.

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UK bosses earn 117 times average worker despite pay cut

The average salary of the bosses of the UK's largest companies has fallen 13% in the last financial year.

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Trump considers new tax cut to boost US economy

The US president confirms that a temporary payroll cut tax could be introduced.

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Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated

Previous research suggested 50 years of shale gas under the UK, but a new study says it could be less than 10.

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Lightning strike 'partly to blame' for power cut

National Grid could be fined for the outage that affected nearly a million people in England and Wales.

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No-deal papers reveal council fears over food supply

Councils' no-deal Brexit plans warn of more expensive school meals and lower nutritional standards.

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Trump calls for big rate cut and economic stimulus

The US president tells the Fed to consider a one percentage point cut and return to QE money printing.

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Argentina's economy minister resigns as peso sheds value

Nicolas Dujovne quits as the currency plummets following the president's astounding poll defeat.

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I won't shift stamp duty to sellers, says chancellor

Sajid Javid says he has no plans to make house sellers, rather than buyers, pay stamp duty tax.

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Hong Kong protests: 'We don't want to leave but may have no choice'

Months of political unrest in Hong Kong is prompting firms to question its appeal as a business hub.

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Share trading in London delayed by technical issue

Trading in the biggest shares was delayed until 9:40 while a technical problem was investigated.

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Brexit: 'I don't want to struggle with the mortgage'

A third of people in the UK have reined in spending due to Brexit uncertainty, a survey suggests.

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Department store sales rise for first time in 2019

Department store sales reversed six months of decline by showing a 1.6% rise in July, figures show.

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UK must accept US food standards in trade deal, says farm chief

Fears over practices like chlorine-washing chicken are unfounded, says the head of America's farm lobby.

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Germany steels itself to face recession threat

Europe's largest economy has seen one quarter of contraction and further shrinkage is feared.

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Do we need to worry about banana blight?

A fungal banana disease that experts describe as a serious threat to production has reached Colombia.

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Brexit: No chance of US trade deal if Irish accord hit - Pelosi

Congress will block a UK trade deal if Brexit harms the Good Friday Agreement, key US Democrat says.

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Hong Kong protests: Flights resume amid new security measures

Hong Kong's airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the main site of protests for days.

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The farmers who worry about our phone batteries

Lithium is being mined in Chile to make batteries, but at what cost to the local environment?

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The town battling the High Street blues

Stockton-on-Tees has made great efforts to regenerate its town centre, but with mixed results.

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What is the UK's GDP?

A basic guide to how the economy is measured and what that calculation is used for.

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Why smartphones are no longer driving the search for 'blue gold'

Despite mine closures, human rights abuses and price crashes, cobalt may still have an electrifying future.

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Exchange rates: Why is the pound getting weaker?

A simple guide to how currency is valued and what it means for your finances

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Yuan fall: Why is China's currency getting weaker?

A drop in the value of the yuan poses far-reaching consequences for markets and the US-China trade war.

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US-China trade war: 'We're all paying for this'

The US-China trade war is costing jobs and pushing up prices, say firms on both sides of the Pacific.

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How Japan's trade row with South Korea could hit tech supplies

A trade row between Japan and South Korea could pose a threat to supplies of smartphones and devices.

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World Trade: Is Trump undermining a key dispute court?

The US government has been blocking the appointment of judge to a key international trade court, we ask why?

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Does the future of farming exist beneath city streets?

In a disused air raid shelter one company is growing crops, but what are the pros and cons of vertical farming?

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'If you say you're ethical, you have to back it up'

CEO Secret: "If you call yourself an ethical company, you'll have to back up every claim you make."

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'I bought a house thanks to my bullet journal'

Millions of people have shared #bulletjournal or #bujo hashtags on Instagram, so how do they work?

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The floating farm for cows

The cows on this floating farm in the Netherlands are helping find ways of making food sustainably

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'Fall in love with the problem not the solution'

"Love the problem", advises Sean Petterson whose firm makes monitors to curb workplace injuries.

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Meet the top flight footballers' tailor

Mo Adass is a master tailor whose clients include footballers from Liverpool FC.

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