HMRC: Beware of tax rebate text message scams

Image copyright Getty Images Earlier this month John, who believed he was due a tax refund, received a text message from “InfoHM”. “I was bleary-eyed from waking up early,” he says. “The excitement of what my tax refund would be overwhelmed my normally pretty rational brain.” He followed online instructions, and unwittingly provided personal and […]

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National Enquirer sold to US magazine distributor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The newspaper has gained a reputation for outlandish celebrity coverage The owner of US tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer has agreed to sell the title to magazine distributor James Cohen. American Media Inc (AMI) said it would sell the title and two of its sister publications to Mr Cohen. […]

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Pet insurance payouts hit record of £785m

Image copyright Getty Images Payouts by pet insurers hit a record £785m in 2018, even though the number of claims submitted fell, according to the industry trade body. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said this was down to the higher cost of increasingly sophisticated medical care. The size of the average claim jumped by […]

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Pinterest shares soar in stock market debut

Image copyright Pinterest Shares in online scrapbook company Pinterest surged more than 28% on its first day of trading, valuing the firm at about $16bn (£12bn). The shares opened in New York at $23.75, well ahead of the $19 they were priced at, and closed at $24.40. Pinterest’s listing is regarded as an indicator of […]

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Debenhams boss Sergio Bucher steps down

Image caption Sergio Bucher joined Debenhams from Amazon Debenhams boss Sergio Bucher has stepped down following the recent takeover of the struggling department store chain by its lenders. The retailer was taken over earlier this month as part of an administration process. Mr Bucher’s departure had been signalled over the weekend and he said on […]

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Retail sales boosted by mild weather in March

Image copyright Getty Images Retail sales unexpectedly jumped in March as mild weather enticed shoppers to UK stores. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the year-on-year growth in March was 6.7% – the highest since October 2016. The ONS said milder weather had helped to boost sales in comparison with the “Beast from the […]

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Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

Image copyright Reuters Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took […]

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Crossrail ‘could be delayed until 2021’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Elizabeth Line had been due to open in December 2018 Crossrail could be delayed until 2021, according to a senior source associated with the project to build a new railway underneath central London. The east-west route, officially called the Elizabeth Line, will run between Reading and Shenfield in Essex […]

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Pelosi warns over post-Brexit trade deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption California Democrat Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in the House of Representatives – the third most powerful role in Washington US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an official visit to the Republic of Ireland. Speaking on the eve of her visit, she said there would be “no […]

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