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Coronavirus prompts buyers to look closer to home

Image copyright Bhavik MastersImage caption Bhavik says his family’s firm has seen new interest from British buyers Thirty years ago Bhavik Master’s parents watched in dismay as orders for their fine knitwear, chunky winter jumpers and cardigans disappeared overseas. Retailers had discovered they could cut costs by ordering from Chinese manufacturers. Now though the tables […]

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Buy now, pay later ‘growing fast’ amid debt fears

Image copyright KlarnaImage caption Klarna was launched in the UK in 2014 Buy now, pay later services for online shoppers are growing at 39% a year, a report says, despite worries that young consumers are sleepwalking into debt. Operators such as Klarna and Afterpay allow customers to delay payment or buy through interest-free instalments. Convenience […]

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Court may upset Heathrow third runway plans

Image copyright Getty Images The Court of Appeal is set to make a ruling over Heathrow’s expansion in a case described by green groups as massively significant. Judges will decide whether Heathrow’s expansion plans took into account climate change commitments. The case has been brought by local residents, councils, the mayor of London, and environmental […]

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Disney boss Bob Iger steps down as chief executive

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Bob Iger has led Disney since 2005 Disney boss Bob Iger, who led the media company through several blockbuster acquisitions and the launch of a streaming network, is stepping down as chief executive. Disney said it had appointed Bob Chapek, who previously ran the company’s parks and products division, to […]

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Coronavirus: Will I get paid if I self-isolate?

Image copyright Getty Images Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Britons returning from quarantined Italian towns must self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms. In addition, those with flu-like symptoms coming back from areas of Italy north of Pisa should stay at home for 14 days. Italy has put several towns in Lombardy and Veneto […]