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‘I struggle to get by on universal credit’

Adele Shelmerdine has struggled since moving to universal credit last year. The 49-year-old Wirral resident had debts, and says the switch to the new benefits system left her suicidal. Now a debt charity has called…


Pound rises after ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Image copyright Getty Images The pound has risen after MPs voted to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 230 votes. The vote opens up a range of outcomes, including no deal, a renegotiation of Mrs…


M&S names next 17 stores it wants to close

Image copyright PA Marks and Spencer has named the next wave of stores earmarked for closure in its reorganisation plan, including those in Huddersfield, Hull and Luton. The 17 proposed closures are part of the…


German economic growth slowest for five years

Image copyright Getty Images Germany’s economy grew by 1.5% last year, its slowest rate since 2013, the latest official figures show. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed Europe’s largest economy slowed sharply as the…


What will Andy Murray be worth in retirement?

Image copyright Getty Images As Andy Murray’s retirement moves a step closer following his defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open, the tennis star remains poised to continue making as big an impact…


Lloyds’ overdraft fees unacceptable, says MP

Image copyright Reuters Lloyds Banking Group has been criticised for introducing new overdraft charges on Monday ahead of a proposed crackdown later this year. An MP described the fees – which will equate to an…


Hitachi to decide on fate of UK nuclear plant

Image copyright Horizon Nuclear The UK government’s nuclear policy is under renewed scrutiny as the firm behind a £20bn reactor in Wales looks set to halt construction. Japanese media reports say Hitachi will suspend on…




Christmas: How shops fared in four charts

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Most shops have reported their sales figures for the festive period. We take a look in four charts at how they fared. Ahead of Christmas 2018, the fact that many…