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Blackberry to axe thousands of jobs

Blackberry has announced it is planning to cut 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its worldwide workforce, in an attempt to staunch huge losses.<p>The smartphone maker said it anticipated a loss of as much as $995m (£621m) when it reports its second-quarter earnings next week. In August, the Canadian company said …

The high-earning butlers of Dubai

<b>In Britain, butlers may seem like a relic of another era, but in some other countries, particularly emerging economies, they are in huge demand - and their employers can often afford to pay handsomely for the privilege.</b><p>If PG Wodehouse's unflappable valet Jeeves had been called upon to work in the …

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Attractive people - particularly women - more likely to get a job than the unattractive, says study

Employers discriminate against "unattractive" job applicants - particularly women - according to a study at an Italian university.<p>The study, from …

Coca-cola to introduce world’s first canned hot fizzy drink in Japan

Coca-Cola will mark a world first in the soft drinks market when it launches its latest product in Japan – a hot, fizzy, spicy ginger ale product …

Dyson sues Samsung for 'cynical rip off'

Dyson is suing Samsung for patent infringement, claiming its new range of vacuum cleaners uses technology copyrighted by the British company.<p>Sir James Dyson, the entrepreneur behind the company, attacked the Samsung for "a cynical rip off" that had "forced" him to take the matter to the courts.<p>The …

Fresh & Easy: in numbers

Tesco has announced it is selling its US centure to Yucaipa. Here is a look at the Fresh & Easy chain in numbers.<p><b>2007</b><p>Year Fresh & Easy began trading<p><b>£1bn</b><p>The amount Tesco spent building up Fresh & Easy<p><b>200</b><p>Number of stores in the US<p><b>£700m</b><p>Revenues from the US arm in 2012/2013<p><b>20</b><p>Number of years since Tesco …

Tesco sale of Fresh & Easy wins City backing

Tesco's deal to sell its US chain Fresh & Easy has gained cautious backing from the City despite the fact the sale could cost £150m for the British supermarket group.<p>Shares in Tesco edged up 0.3pc to 372.2p in early trading after Tesco confirmed on Tuesday evening that it has agreed to sell Fresh & …

Royal Mail to launch stock market flotation within hours

Ministers have been putting the finishing touches to the launch of the Royal Mail flotation, the most ambitious privatisation for a generation, amid fierce criticism from its closest rival.<p>An announcement detailing the plans is due to be made to the stock market at 7am on Thursday, following a …

Food sales at discounters to double as budget supermarket brands come of age

Shoppers will be spending nearly twice as much at discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidi in five years' time as the budget supermarket brands come of age.<p>A report out today claims sales at food discounters will soar 96.3 per cent from £9.5 billion in 2012-2013 to an estimated £18.6 billion in …

Do you need to be rich to start your own company?

<b>With a growing number of young people wishing to start up their own business on both sides of the Atlantic, how much easier is it to do so if you come from a wealthy background? Here a number of young entrepreneurs recount their experiences.</b><p>Utah native Austen Allred's life was changed by the …


UK online grocery sales forecast to double amid shakeup of retail market

The value of the UK food and grocery market is to soar by a fifth to a record £206bn by 2018, according to new research, with online sales doubling and big increases in business for convenience stores and food discounters such as Aldi and Lidl.<p>The latest findings from the food and consumer research …

Morrisons supermarket reports fall in half-year profits

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1010000/1010015_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534597836_4c2a3d0ca75003122d39535c9352cd07<p><b>Morrisons, the UK's fourth largest supermarket chain, has reported a fall in half-year profits, citing "challenging" market conditions.</b><p>Pre-tax …


Is McDonald's Losing Its Competitive Edge?

Anyone who has closely followed McDonald’s stock in the last twelve months will probably have noticed that it has been lagging behind the overall market—a sharp contrast with the past ten years when the stock outperformed the overall market by a wide margin.<p>Is the lag in McDonald’s stock just an …

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Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel

Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

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Peter van Manen: How can Formula 1 racing help ... babies?