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Fraudsters ‘targeting Christmas online shoppers’

Buyers of games consoles, bicycles and clothing may be at a higher risk of encountering a scam, banks say.

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The small shops in battle with the retail giants

Efforts to shop local this Christmas could give small businesses a fairy tale end to a grim year.

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Hays Travel founder dies after collapsing at work

John Hays ran the UK’s largest independent travel agent alongside his wife, Irene.

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Covid: Watchdog shelves plans to protect loyal savers

The Financial Conduct Authority has also dropped proposals to restrict exit fees paid by investors.

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University staff urge probe into e-book pricing ‘scandal’

More than 2,500 university staff ask MPs to investigate publishers over the rising cost of online texts.

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Wells Fargo former boss charged with misleading investors

John Stumpf agreed to pay $2.5m to settle the latest claims arising from the bank’s fake accounts scandal.

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Tesco apologises after online issues amid Christmas rush

The supermarket apologises as people are forced to queue online to place their Christmas orders.

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Zambia on brink of defaulting on foreign debt

Coronavirus has aggravated pre-existing financial pressures, including a $12bn external debt load.

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John Lewis Christmas ad focuses on kindness theme

The company says it has deviated slightly from the style of its previous festive ads due to Covid-19.

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Black Friday emissions boom predicted

Climate change: why Black Friday needs patience