Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Image copyright Getty Images Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due...
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Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

Image copyright DisneyImage caption Disney chief executive Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sk...
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UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.5%

UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.5%

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold in its first meeting since last month’s decision to raise rates for the first time in 10 years. Members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously...
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The pig farmer taking on Tesco

The pig farmer taking on Tesco

Image copyright Richard Baugh Pig farming can be a messy business, but some say supermarkets are playing an even dirtier game. Richard Baugh’s family have been raising pigs for three generations at Woodside Farm in rural Nottinghamshire. But Mr Baugh...
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Debate over property tax ‘welcome’

Debate over property tax ‘welcome’

Image copyright PA The abolition of stamp duty for many first-time buyers should spark a wider debate over the taxation of property, surveyors say. New buyers purchasing a home of up to £300,000 no longer have to pay stamp duty...
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Republican lawmakers say historic tax deal is agreed

Republican lawmakers say historic tax deal is agreed

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The president says he would like to sign a tax bill by Christmas US Republican lawmakers say they have agreed to a deal paving the way for the biggest overhaul of the country’s tax system...
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US Federal Reserve raises interest rates again

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates again

Image copyright AFP/GettyImage caption Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen has raised interest rates three times this year The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25%, the third rate rise in 2017. The US central bank said the move,...
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What is net neutrality about? Protecting us from corporate power | Matt Stoller

What is net neutrality about? Protecting us from corporate power | Matt Stoller

This Thursday, Trump Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will force a vote to repeal net neutrality protections for broadband providers. This is an important step backwards for our democracy. It will affect what consumers pay for broadband and ...
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Sports Direct investors veto £11m payout to Ashley’s brother

Sports Direct investors veto £11m payout to Ashley’s brother

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley wanted the company to give his brother £11m Sports Direct shareholders have rejected a proposed £11m payment to the brother of its founder, Mike Ashley. The tycoon, who abstained fro...
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UK wage growth continues to lag inflation

UK wage growth continues to lag inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth fell behind inflation for a seventh month in a row, according to new employment figures. The Office for National Statistics said average weekly wages rose by 2.3% in the three months to October, below...
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Water bills set to fall by up to £25 from 2020

Water bills set to fall by up to £25 from 2020

Image copyright Getty Images Household water bills in England and Wales will fall by between £15 and £25 a year from 2020 to 2025, the regulator Ofwat has pledged. A forthcoming price review will give water companies less wiggle room...
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