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Want to shop online? Best have a mobile signal

Image copyright Getty Images As millions start their Christmas shopping online, there’s a warning that consumers may need to have a mobile phone, and a decent signal, to make sure their transactions go through. UK banks are starting to introduce a new layer of security, involving passwords sent to your mobile phone. That could be […]

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Microsoft beats Apple for biggest market value

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Bill Gates founded Microsoft. The firm’s fortunes have rebounded in recent years Microsoft has unseated Apple to rank as the world’s most valuable listed company, reclaiming the number one spot after more than 15 years. The software giant ended Friday with a market value of more than $851bn (£668bn) compared with […]

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Trump signs trade deal with Mexico and Canada

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The deal has been signed after more than a year of talks between the countries US President Donald Trump and leaders from Canada and Mexico have signed the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). The revised deal has been renamed as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. […]

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‘Subdued’ demand from house buyers

Image copyright Getty Images Uncertainty in the economy, as well as a squeeze on household budgets, is keeping potential buyers out of the housing market, a lender has said. The Nationwide Building Society said that demand from buyers was “subdued” and unlikely to pick up soon. UK house prices had risen by 1.9% in the […]

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Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs and sell brands

Image copyright Getty Images Bayer plans to sell brands including Dr Scholl’s foot care and Coppertone sunscreen in a cost-cutting drive that includes about 12,000 job cuts following its takeover of Monsanto. The cuts will account for about one in ten workers globally, with a “significant number” going in Germany. Bayer also plans to sell […]

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Carphone Warehouse faces Black Friday backlash

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Mobiles.co.uk offered Phone XR contracts at cheaper rates than could be attained directly from Vodafone or other operators Carphone Warehouse-owned website Mobiles.co.uk and other online phone retailers are facing a backlash from customers wrongly refused Black Friday smartphone deals. A problem with Vodafone’s credit check systems meant that some applications […]