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Oil prices rise to hit four-year high of $70 a barrel. Oil prices rise to hit four-year high of $70 a barrel.
The price of oil has hit $70 a barrel for the first time since December 2014. Brent crude climbed after members of Opec, the cartel of 14 oil-producing nations that accounts for 40% of the world's output, said it would continue to limit supplies. The RAC, the motoring group, has warned that rising oil prices could lead to higher forecourt costs for motorists. However, the AA said that dri...
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100+ Kmart, Sears stores to close this spring. 100+ Kmart, Sears stores to close this spring.
More than 100 Sears and Kmart stores will close in March and April, Sears Holdings announced Thursday. The list of unprofitable stores is comprised of 39 Sears locations in 22 states and 64 Kmart sites in 29 states. Liquidation sales at the stores will begin as soon as Jan. 12, according to Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings. Store employees will receive severance pay and may app...
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Trump hails 'largest tax cut' in US history. Trump hails 'largest tax cut' in US history.
US President Donald Trump has hailed sweeping tax reforms after they were given final approval by Congress, despite fierce criticism by Democrats. "We are making America great again," a jubilant Mr Trump said. He is expected to sign his first major legislative achievement - the biggest rewrite of the US tax code in a generation - in the coming days. The bill slashes taxes for corporations...
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Bitcoin crosses through $17,000 as concerns mount. Bitcoin crosses through $17,000 as concerns mount.
Bitcoin briefly crossed through the $17,000 (12,615) mark in volatile Asian trading, extending its record breaking run. The cryptocurrency has soared around 70% this week according to Coindesk.com, despite fresh warnings of a dangerous bubble. Its dramatic rise has been likened to a "charging train with no brakes". As concerns mount, an industry group has warned plans to start bitcoin fu...
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Amazon's arrival set to shake up Australia's retail sector. Amazon's arrival set to shake up Australia's retail sector.
Amazon has made its long-awaited entry into Australia, in a move that could have ramifications for the country's A$300bn (171bn) retail sector. Online shopping makes up a relatively small - but growing - proportion of retail sales in Australia. Geography, poor infrastructure and firms slow to adapt to e-commerce have held the sector back. Australia's retail industry association said Amaz...
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Alibaba buys stake in Chinese hypermarket chain Sun Art Alibaba buys stake in Chinese hypermarket chain Sun Art
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is pushing further into bricks and mortar retailing by buying a 36% stake in China's largest hypermarket operator. A unit of Alibaba will pay $2.9bn (2.2bn) for both direct and indirect holdings in Sun Art, which operates more than 400 stores across China. The purchase gives Alibaba a leg up in the lucrative grocery sector. US rival Amazon paid nearly $14...
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BMW recalls a million cars in North America BMW recalls a million cars in North America
BMW has issued recalls for about one million vehicles in North America over two separate problems it said raised the risk of fire. One recall affects BMW 3 series models from 2006 to 2011, which it says contain wiring that could cause the luxury sedans to overheat. The other recall involves a faulty valve heater installed in some 2007-2011 models. BMW said dealers will replace the faulty ...
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Business leaders call for swift transition deal. Business leaders call for swift transition deal.
Britain's five biggest business lobby groups are calling for an urgent Brexit transition deal, or they warn the UK risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter being sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis, the groups, including the Institute of Directors and CBI, will say time is running out. Sources told the BBC the letter is still in draft form, but will be sent in the next day or two...
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Trump threat to NFL over 'massive' tax breaks Trump threat to NFL over 'massive' tax breaks
US President Donald Trump has called for the National Football League (NFL) to be stripped of tax advantages. In a tweet he complained the league had received "massive" tax breaks, while some of its players had been "disrespecting" the national anthem. The teams pay tax, but have often received public support to build stadiums. The NFL league office, which oversees rules, referees and the...
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Trump to outline major tax cut plans. Trump to outline major tax cut plans.
US President Donald Trump will call for major tax cuts for business in a speech later, as a longstanding Republican effort to overhaul the US tax code takes centre stage. Top Republicans released a framework for the tax overhaul earlier. They are looking for a policy win, after repeated failure to reform the US healthcare system. Among the planned changes is a cut in the corporation tax r...
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