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They have become a regular site on every high street but now the UK’s gambling industry is warning there could be swathes of cuts to jobs and stores should the industry be hit by new rules.

The founder of drinks brand Innocent has launched a scathing attack on the Brexit-backing Wetherspoon boss, accusing him of selling Britain’s economy out for “cheap Chardonnay”.

The government is being urged to end its “love in” with outsourcing work to private firms.

Parents’ health and family lives are being affected by the “heavy toll” of long working hours, a study reveals.

Construction giant Carillion had just £29m in cash by the time it went bust, its interim chief executive has said.

Updated: UK inflation falls back to 3%

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Soaring inflation has fallen back from a near six-year high, signalling the start of an abatement of the sustained squeeze on household finances.

Bovis Homes has become the latest housebuilder to shrug off economic uncertainty by posting a bullish trading update, pointing to a hefty rise in profit this year.

Companies will no longer be able to charge “rip-off” fees to customers who pay by card as new rules come into force.

Sales at the John Lewis Partnership grew over Christmas but the group warned that profits will be dragged down by attempts to maintain competitive against its rivals.

A majority of employers who pay the apprenticeship levy would like to see it replaced with a training alternative, a study has revealed.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has revealed “mixed” festive trading after another steep fall in sales in its embattled clothing arm and disappointing trading in its food halls.

Tesco has emerged as a festive winner after reporting a steep rise in sales over the critical Christmas trading period.

Lidl has claimed it was the “fastest growing supermarket” over Christmas after booking record festive sales.

Sainsbury’s has boosted its profit forecast after enjoying a record Christmas and signalling bigger cost savings from its acquisition of Argos.

Housebuilder Persimmon expects full year profits to come in marginally ahead of forecasts as the healthy demand for new homes continues.

Holding back on price rises for customers helped supermarket Morrisons enjoyed an “especially strong” festive season.

The former owner of BHS will stand trial after denying failing to hand over information to an investigation into the sale of the collapsed retailer.

A Christmas party boost and record takings on New Year’s Eve led to a bumper festive season for nightclub owner Deltic Group.

Aldi raked in over £10bn in sales last year for the first time after notching up record sales over Christmas as festive shoppers snapped up luxury products and cut-price vegetables.

There was bad news for builders as output in Britain’s construction sector unexpectedly fell last month as commercial building and civil engineering work continued to drag on the industry.

Fashion chain Next has upgraded its profit forecast after a surprise rise in sales over the Christmas period.

Renting a house is out of reach for hundreds of thousands of young people after a 3% price increase in the past year, a new study shows.

Most managers are anticipating a tough 2018 due to a struggle to recruit skilled staff and continuing uncertainty over Brexit, according to a new study.

Consumers heading out for their “big shop” ahead of the Christmas break could lead to one of the biggest ever trading days for UK supermarkets.

Deliveries ahead of Christmas are not arriving as planned as consumers complain of lengthy delays, damaged packages and poor communication, according to a watchdog.

Supermarket Tesco’s £3.7bn takeover of wholesale group Booker has been given the final all-clear after the competition watchdog said it would not lead to higher prices or hit service for shoppers.

Consumers defied rising prices to eat healthily and indulge at home, show new figures which reveal the most popular new products of 2017.

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has seen half year profits dented as the retailer flagged that sales in the UK fell following store closures, reduced online promotions and as a result of the Brexit hit pound.

Retailers have reported a drop in non-food sales, as Black Friday offers failed to spur a spending frenzy among inflation-squeezed households.

Recessions have a lasting impact on the employment and pay of young adults, new research suggests.

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