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HS2 franchise: Bidder shortlist revealed

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Image copyright PA Image caption An artist’s impression of how the new link will look The companies bidding for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise, which will design and run the HS2 high speed services between London and Birmingham, have been revealed. The Department for Transport (DfT) said First Trenitalia West Coast, MTR West Coast [...]

Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

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Media captionFruit farmers are finding it hard to recruit pickers UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers’ earning power, as well [...]

China shares get long-sought MSCI index listing

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Image copyright Reuters US stock index provider MSCI has agreed to include China’s mainland domestic shares in its emerging markets index for the first time. The move is a step forward for Beijing as it attempts to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital. China’s inclusion had been rejected for the past three [...]

Ford to move US production of Focus to China

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Image copyright PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Image caption Ford abandoned plans for a new factory in Mexico Ford is to move US production of its new Ford Focus car to China in 2019, despite having faced pressure to keep manufacturing jobs in America. The carmaker said the decision would not lead to layoffs in the US. But [...]

Eight ways to spot a friend or family member is in debt

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Image copyright Getty Images Several million people – up to 10% of the population – are reluctant to admit that they are having debt problems, according to the Money Advice Service. As a result it is calling on friends and family members to do more to spot the tell-tale signs of money issues. These include [...]

Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz team up to find 5,000 staff

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gorillaz female guitarist, Noodle, is already Jaguar’s Formula E Racing’s ambassador Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with virtual band Gorillaz to find 5,000 staff to enhance its expertise in autonomous and electric technology. The firm says it will use a two-stage recruitment challenge, to be found on [...]

Boeing launches new version of 737 jet

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Image copyright Boeing Boeing has maintained the pressure on Airbus, its main rival, with the launch of the biggest version yet of the 737 short-haul jet. The world’s largest commercial aircraft maker announced plans for the 737 Max 10 at the Paris Air Show on Monday. The new variant of the plane can carry up [...]

Brexit talks: Hammond says jobs and economy the priority

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Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that the UK should focus on protecting jobs and the economy on the eve of Brexit talks with the European Union. Mr Hammond said the UK “should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity”. The chancellor said Theresa May had set out her desired [...]

Tesco recovery gathers pace in the UK

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Image copyright Getty Images Tesco is cementing its recovery in the UK after its first-quarter sales growth beat expectations. Like-for-like sales – which strip out the impact of new stores – rose by 2.3% in the three months to 27 May, boosted by demand for fresh food. Analysts had expected a rise of 2.2% after [...]