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Reality Check: How much do we spend on fried chicken?

Image copyright Getty Images KFC outlets across the UK have closed temporarily this week as delivery problems led to a shortage of chicken. The fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract last week to DHL, which blamed “operational issues” for the disruption. Nearly half of the restaurant’s 900 outlets were …

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Barclays reports rise in annual profits

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays has reported a 10% rise in annual pre-tax profit to £3.5bn. The bank was boosted by a reduction in costs over the year and the rise in the value of the dollar and euro against the pound. However, the bank did take some big one-off …

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Qantas Airways sees record half year profits

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qantas chief Alan Joyce hopes to sell non-stop flights from Sydney to London and New York by 2022 Australia’s national flag carrier, Qantas Airways, has posted record profits for the six months to December. The firm, which has been through a major restructuring in …

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From ‘terrible teen’ to thriving entrepreneur

A weightlifter from Newcastle who says she was a “terrible teen” has turned her life around and is now the successful owner of a new type of healthy ‘fast’ food restaurant. The 32-year-old opened the restaurant in 2016 and is planning to branch out into other areas after the concept …

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Too few homes being bought commonhold, says law body

Image copyright Getty Images A way of buying flats or houses introduced 14 years ago – known as commonhold – has failed to take off, according to the Law Commission. That is despite the fact that it could provide a much better alternative for those who have leasehold agreements. Four …

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Bitcoin: MPs launch inquiry into digital currencies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speculative investment in Bitcoin prompted graffiti in Lithuania MPs have launched an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the technology behind them. The Treasury Committee said it wants to understand the risks and benefits of digital money following an explosion of interest – and investment – …

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Michael Gove tells water firms to clean up their act

Image copyright Severn Trent Water Image caption Schools and 3,500 homes in Shropshire were hit last year when a Severn Trent water main burst Environment Secretary Michael Gove has warned water companies he is ready to give their regulator new powers if they cannot address public concerns over prices, leaks, …

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Ford executive leaves over inappropriate behaviour

Image copyright Getty Images The head of Ford’s US operations is leaving the company immediately following an internal investigation into inappropriate behaviour. The carmaker said its inquiry had concluded that some of Raj Nair’s conduct had been “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct”. Ford did not specify why the …

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US regulator warns companies over cyber attack delays

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption SEC chair Jay Clayton The main US financial regulator has beefed up its rulebook for companies faced with cyber attacks. It includes a warning to corporate insiders about trading in shares before the information becomes public. The Securities and Exchange Commission said firms must …

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