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Npower has become the latest firm to ramp up energy bills in a move that will hammer a million people.

Troubled retailer Carpetright has clinched emergency funding to help it keep trading with a £15m unsecured loan, the company confirmed on Friday.

Oil prices surged to their highest level since 2014 as US President Donald Trump’s plans to scrap the Iran deal raised the possibility of locking one of the biggest crude producers out of the market.

Waterstones is to accelerate its expansion plans after being sold to US hedge fund Elliott Advisors, the book chain’s boss has said.

Magners owner C&C is set to acquire the wholesale arm of beleaguered firm Conviviality through a pre-pack administration.

A fifth of British Netflix viewers watch shows at work, new data shows.

Experts are urging Philip Hammond to freeze rises in business rates in next month’s spring statement after figures revealed almost a quarter of a million commercial premises are braced for above-inflation hikes.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported its first profit in a decade.

The amount of free overtime put in by workers last year was worth over £31bn, according to a new study.

Families on the lower end of the pay spectrum are facing three years of stagnant living standards – which could lead to the first sustained rise in inequality in 30 years, a new report has warned.

Thousands of UK jobs are at risk as British Gas owner Centrica looks to axe a further 4,000 roles under a ramped-up efficiency programme following a 17% drop in annual profits.

A group of international experts have warned that rogue states and terrorists could turn to artificial intelligence (AI) to destabilise the world.

The impact of the government’s apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, according to a business leader.

The gambling industry watchdog is ordering William Hill to pay penalties totalling £6.2m for “systematic social responsibility and money laundering failures”.

Investors in Carillion were “fleeing for the hills” after spotting that the construction giant was heading for disaster, it has been revealed.

Embattled fashion and homeware retailer Laura Ashley has warned over annual profits after first-half earnings slumped due to lower sales and the weak pound.

Outsourcing giant Serco has almost halved the price of a deal to buy a raft of healthcare contracts from failed rival Carillion.

Britain’s biggest accountancy firms have been accused of “feasting on the carcass” of collapsed outsourcing giant Carillion – and collecting more than £70m in the process.

A strong start to the year among Britain’s businesses is driving an expected increase in economic output, new research says.

HomePod, Apple’s take on the smart home speaker and designed to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home, has gone on sale in the UK.

TalkTalk is laying the groundwork for a broadband infrastructure drive by launching a joint venture with Infracapital to roll-out full fibre to three million homes and businesses.

A union is encouraging the government to set out a new code of conduct for the delivery of public services by private companies following the crisis at Carillion.

Ryanair has been cleared to describe itself as “Europe’s No.1 airline” following complaints that widespread cancellations last year made the claim misleading.

Retail experts have touted higher sales for the high street during the typically tough month of January.

The number of construction companies going insolvent rose by almost 10% last year, with more facing problems in the aftermath of Carillion’s collapse.

A UK banking giant has banned credit card customers from buying bitcoin amid fears they could be left in debt as the cryptocurrency’s value drops.

The collapse of the Carillion group will result in 377 staff being made redundant, the official receiver said.

The world’s biggest technology giants have reported a bumper Christmas.

SSE has started talks with the competition watchdog over its merger with rival Npower – as the energy supplier revealed that it lost thousands more customers with households continuing to switch to cheaper rivals.

Outsourcing giant Capita has announced plans for an investor cash-call and further cost cutting as it warned over a hefty hit to 2018 profits.

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