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Business owners across the hospitality industry say COVID rule changes are already having a “chilling” impact on bookings. Many who have survived 20 months of lockdowns and restrictions as well as a “lost” Christmas last year, say a strong festive period this year is essential to their survival. Data from reservations website OpenTable also suggests
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News of a potentially fast-spreading new coronavirus variant has already triggered a violent reaction on markets and in a number of different asset classes. While much attention has naturally alighted on equity markets, with big falls in the FTSE-100 and continental European indices such as the DAX in Germany and the CAC-40 in France, probably
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The UK car industry has warned of challenges just to remain operational after it produced just shy of 65,000 cars last month – the weakest October since 1956. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) blamed “production stoppages” linked to the shortage of semiconductors globally for the woeful total, adding that a resurgent coronavirus
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Retailers are putting up prices at the fastest rate since 1990 according to industry figures that add to evidence of a cost of living squeeze this winter. A CBI survey also suggested that sales have been boosted by consumers starting their Christmas shopping early because of fears over supply disruption. Clothing and department stores saw
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A group campaigning for lower fuel prices has demanded urgent intervention, claiming drivers are being “fleeced” as costs continue to hit record levels. FairFuelUK (FFUK), which has backing from haulage and logistics lobby groups, told Sky News it was clear that the Competition and Markets Authority should look at how “rip-off” pump prices are calculated
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Consumers can expect a “scaled-back” Christmas this year as retailers reduce the range of products available to cope with supply chain pressures, MPs have been told. A lack of HGV drivers has strained supply chains and prompted fears of shortages on supermarket shelves this festive season. Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation,
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Bulb, Britain’s seventh-biggest energy supplier, is facing collapse within days amid eleventh-hour talks between the government and the company’s biggest secured creditor. Sky News has learnt that the company, which launched in 2015 and has amassed 1.7 million customers, is expected to appoint insolvency practitioners imminently. The precise timing remained unclear on Monday because of
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