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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox

Walt Disney Co agreed to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox.

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Christmas train strikes announced

The RMT Union has announced strike action on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway later this month in separate disputes over the threat to guards.

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Petrol prices set for Christmas rise

Petrol and diesel prices could rise by as much as 3p a litre in the run-up to Christmas.

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Inflation rises to 3.1%

Airfares and computer games are being linked to the increase

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Uber appeal case to be heard in April

TfL ruled in September that the ride-hailing service's approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire licence.

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Philip Hammond says the Brexit deal is a huge boost to the economy

The divorce deal agreed by London and Brussels on Friday is a boost to the British economy, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday.

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British companies prepare for a disorderly Brexit as talks continue to stall

Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track.

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Stuck in the red: Millions of Brits can't get out of their overdrafts

More than two million people in the UK are stuck in a constant cycle of persistent overdraft debt, according to a new report by the StepChange debt charity.

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New car sales slump in November

The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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Rail fares to rise by 3.4% in 2018

The Rail Delivery Group says 97% of the money will go back into improvements

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New Facebook UK office to create 800 jobs

The social network said more than half of the people working at the site in central London will focus on engineering.

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680 jobs to go as RBS announces closure plans

Royal Bank of Scotland says it will close 259 branches and cut 680 jobs as it reduces costs and encourages customers to use online services.

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Lloyds announces plans to close 49 branches

Lloyds Banking Group is closing 49 branches of Lloyds Bank and Halifax Bank of Scotland citing more customers banking online.

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Viagra to be sold over the counter

​Pfizer's erectile dysfunction drug Viagra has been given a green light for sale without a prescription in Britain, the first country to grant it over-the-counter status.

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Cyber Monday 'biggest internet shopping day ever'

The shopping event is expected to generate $6.6 billion in sales, up from $5.6 billion a year ago

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British Gas to scrap standard variable tariffs

The company says the controversial energy bills will end by April next year

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Workers £5,000 worse off by 2020 - Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn unveils new research which says the Government's 'failure on wages' could leave over three million of the lowest paid workers £5,000 worse off by 2020.

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Scotland to bring in minimum alcohol price

Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce minimum alcohol pricing.

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Talk Talk counts cost of fixed-price deals

TalkTalk spooked investors with a profit warning and slashed dividend saying it had added 26,000 customers to its fixed price broadband plans in the second quarter.

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Tesco steps closer to owning Bookers

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said, after conducting an in-depth review, that it had provisionally concluded that Tesco's purchase of Booker does not raise competition concerns.

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Companies pay out £37bn in dividends - Labour

The Labour Party releases House of Commons Library research which shows that privatised companies have paid out £37 billion in dividends to shareholders since 2010.

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