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What has Donald Trump actually achieved on trade?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption What deals has Donald Trump managed to do? Is Donald Trump anything more than, as he once put it, “Tariff Man”? The US president uses the tool against trading partners to fight battles from “unfair” steel price practices to France’s digital tax on tech giants. Most prominent has been his […]

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Rough Trade: We’re selling more records than ever

At the Rough Trade East record shop in London’s Brick Lane, a man dressed as a giant hot dog is on stage introducing a song. “Put your hands up if you’re afraid of spiders,” says frontman Murray Matravers of fast-rising band Easy Life, before launching into one of their typically quirky compositions. Easy Life’s in-store […]

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Whirlpool: Owners rush to register fire-risk washing machines

Image copyright Mark FielderImage caption Mark Fielder criticised Whirlpool’s response Thousands more owners of dangerous Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines have demanded a resolution from manufacturer Whirlpool. The US firm launched a huge recall of UK machines last week, and some 76,000 customers are now awaiting action. But that still leaves 443,000 machines which need […]

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Retail sales fall sharply in December

Image copyright Getty Images Retail sales fell again in December as a Christmas shopping spree failed to materialise. Sales volumes fell by 0.6% from November, the fifth month in a row without growth, the Office for National Statistics said. It comes amid worries about economic growth and forecasts that the Bank of England could cut […]

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Flybe confirms it will get a tax and duty holiday

Image copyright Getty Images Flybe has dismissed reports it received a payment holiday of up to £100m from the government. The regional carrier said it has agreed a payment plan with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for “less than £10m”. It said the arrangement would be for a “matter of months” before the tax and […]

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Microsoft makes ‘carbon negative’ pledge

Image copyright MicrosoftImage caption Satya Nadella said that technology built without principles does more harm than good Microsoft has pledged to remove “all of the carbon” from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975. Chief executive Satya Nadella said he wanted to achieve the goal by 2050 . To […]