Thursday, 26 April 2018


EU and Japan reach free trade deal

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk at the end of a EU-JAPAN summit in Brussels, Belgium July 6, 2017.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

PARIS: The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world’s biggest economic areas. However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time. Two of ...

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UK-US trade deal talks to begin next month

U.S. President Donald Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May down the White House colonnade after their meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

LONDON: The UK will begin trade talks with the US over a new post-Brexit agreement on the 24 July, according to Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox. EU rules currently state that member states are not allowed to negotiate individual trade deals while remaining part of the bloc. ...

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Tesco axes 1,200 jobs at head office

Trolleys at the Tesco Superstore in Kirkcaldy, which is to close it was announced today.

LONDON: The supermarket giant informed affected staff on Wednesday morning about the cull, which amounts to a quarter of employees at offices in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield. A number of jobs at a support centre in Bengaluru, India, will also be cut. Tesco is in the midst of a ...

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Sexual appeals in ads do not sell products: Study


Do partially or fully nude models in advertisements help in sale of products or brands? No, they do not is the flat conclusion of an analysis of nearly 80 advertising studies. “We found that people remember ads with sexual appeals more than those without, but that effect doesn’t extend to ...

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Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns as CEO

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PARIS: Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the ride-hailing firm, however. His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Last week he said he was ...

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Britain and EU launch Brexit talks in Brussels

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LONDON: Brexit Secretary David Davis starts negotiations in Brussels on Monday that will set the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union and determine its relationship with the continent for generations to come. Almost a year to the day since Britons shocked themselves and their neighbours by voting on ...

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Tesco sales growth accelerates in first quarter


LONDON: Higher inflation helped sales growth pick up at Tesco at the start of the year, but the company said its efforts to limit the impact of cost increases in “tough market conditions” were helping it maintain momentum in its efforts to win back customers. Tesco reported its first UK ...

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Scottish Government faces £60m fine over farming IT system


LONDON: The Scottish Government could still face fines of up to £60m over the troubled IT system set up to deliver European Union farming payments. A new report from auditors has warned ministers of the “significant risks and costs” the system still poses, including the possibility of incurring financial penalties ...

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UK inflation rate rises to 4-year high


LONDON: British inflation unexpectedly jumped to its highest level in nearly four years in May, tightening the squeeze on consumers who now face the added worry of political uncertainty after last week’s inconclusive election. The impact of the fall in the pound since last year’s Brexit vote made itself felt ...

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Sterling stunned by UK election shock, fallout limited elsewhere

Employees of a foreign exchange trading company work near monitors showing TV news on Britain's general election and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the British pound in Tokyo, Japan June 9, 2017.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

PARIS: Sterling spiralled lower on Friday as British elections left no single party with a clear claim to power, sideswiping investors who had already weathered major risk events in the United States and Europe. With the majority of seats counted in the snap vote, British Prime Minister Theresa May had ...

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