Saturday, 19 August 2017

Business

Hospital car parks bring in more than £120m for NHS trusts

LONDON: NHS hospitals made more than £120m from car park charges in the past year, according to new figures. The Press Association asked 120 NHS trusts across England to give figures on parking charges and fines – 89 provided responses. More than half of those trusts are making more than ...

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Scotland: More than £2bn in benefits ‘going unclaimed each year’

GLASGOW: People in Scotland are missing out on more than £2bn of social security payments on average each year. The impartial Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) estimates Scotland has £428m worth of unclaimed working tax credits or child tax credits. Those helping look after others are entitled to £190m in ...

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Britons face debt hangover in 2017 from festive spending

LONDON: Many Britons will start 2017 with both a debt- and alcohol-induced hangover after using credit cards to fund Christmas celebrations, according to new research. Some 85% of people surveyed by uSwitch said they would be paying off credit cards into next year. Just over half believe they will still ...

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Brexit will send UK down global economic ranking: Study

LONDON: Britain’s exit from the European Union will send the country from fifth place to eighth in the global economic ranking in the next 15 years, a new economic analysis has found. The country’s economic prospects will be damaged by Brexit’s negative impact on the value of the pound, analysts at ...

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Nokia sues Apple for infringing patents, industry back on war footing

PARIS: Nokia Corp said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker’s legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier. Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and ...

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Spending on essentials sees biggest rise in 20 months

LONDON: Consumer gloom around inflation is deepening as essential spending saw its biggest rise in 20 months, according to a report. A rise in spending on food and drink has driven essential spending to its strongest level of growth since February 2014, the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report said. ...

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Most British companies are optimistic about the future post-Brexit

LONDON: Nearly two-thirds of British businesses are “optimistic” about their future in the wake of the Brexit vote, a major survey has disclosed. A poll of 34,000 companies by the Institute of Directors found that 60 per cent of businesses are “optimistic” or “very optimistic” about the year ahead. The businesses, predominantly ...

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How late are the shops open for? Closing hours for Christmas Eve shoppers

LONDON: Bread sauce, Uncle Martin, batteries for the presents, crackers. There’s always something you only remember at the last minute. Worse, even if you’ve done your planning perfectly, things break at the worst possible time – and having children and pets running about in a crowded house hardly helps matters. ...

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