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Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast | Letters

Guardian readers share their memories of on-train cateringIan Jack should try the 17.16 from Cardiff to Holyhead, which has a first-class dining carriage (How the railway sandwich led to the privatisation of Britain, 20 May). Food is freshly cooked i... read more

 The Guardian1 hour ago

New model helps Aston Martin to double revenues in first quarter

Demand for DB11 pushed sales up 75%, helping luxury carmaker’s efforts to recover from six years of lossesDemand for Aston Martin’s first all-new model for a decade – the flagship DB11 coupe – helped the luxury carmaker to double revenues in the firs... read more

 The Guardian1 hour ago
The future of money Cryptocurrency Ethereum's value soars by more than bitcoin

CRYPTOCURENCY Ethereum has seen its value surge by more than Bitcoin in 2017, as investor appetite for blockchain-based systems shows no signs of waning.... read more

 Daily Express3 hours ago
Ask the experts: how to build your resilience

Join us from 1.00pm to 2.00pm on Wednesday 31 May BST to talk to our panel about how to adapt and recover from adversity as an entrepreneur 5.17pm BST How to join in the discussionMake sure you are a registered user of the Guardian (if not, it’s quic... read more

 The Guardian3 hours ago
Ineos buys Dong Energy's oil and gas business

Anglo-Swiss chemicals firm hails £1bn acquisition as ‘very logical’ as Danish firm makes progress in switch to renewablesAnglo-Swiss chemicals firm Ineos has bought the oil and gas business of Dong Energy for £1bn, a major milestone in the Danish com... read more

 The Guardian3 hours ago
Seán Ftizpatrick walks free after Anglo Irish trial collapses

Former chair of Anglo Irish Bank formally acquitted of misleading auditors about multimillion-euro loansThe chair of the bank that almost bankrupted Ireland has walked free from a Dublin court after being acquitted of misleading auditors about multim... read more

 The Guardian4 hours ago
Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags

Select Tesco stores will sell only reusable bags in a 10-week trial that could lead to the single-use bags being phased out in all of its storesShoppers at a handful of Tesco stores in the UK will no longer be able to buy 5p “single-use” plastic carr... read more

 The Guardian4 hours ago
Is China's rising debt pile getting out of hand?

Credit rating firm Moody's downgraded Chinese debt one notch on its scale, from Aa3 to A1. This is still a rating near the top of the scale however.... read more

 Daily Mail4 hours ago
Vauxhall Scrappage Allowance scheme launched

Owners of high-polluting older cars don't have to wait for a government-backed incentive to cash-in on their bangers because Vauxhall has announced its own scrappage scheme.... read more

 Daily Mail4 hours ago
BREAKING: Deutsche ordered to give details of Trump's loans and links to Russia

DEUTSCHE Bank has been told to hand over information about Donald Trump's financial affairs, as part of an investigation by Congress Democrats into the US president's links to Russia during his election campaign.... read more

 Daily Express4 hours ago
What is a consumer? We reveal where the notion came from

We’re referred to as ‘consumers’ all the time. But what on earth is one, where did the term come from and has it always meant the same thing?... read more

 Daily Mail5 hours ago
Saudi Arabia plan to hike oil prices will BACKFIRE & boost US shale producers, say experts

SAUDI Arabia's waning grip on oil prices could loosen further if it sticks to a plan to limit supply in a desperate bid to drive up demand, according to experts.... read more

 Daily Express5 hours ago
Business as usual isn't enough: we need a new approach to humanitarian crises

No single organisation has the answer, at the UN we’re working with international and local partners to find better solutionsOf the 65.3 million displaced people in the world, over 40 million, or six in 10, are internally displaced – refugees within ... read more

 The Guardian5 hours ago
'I spit on you again': Russian billionaire renews tirade against Putin rival

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov publishes second angry video attacking anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, whom he is suing for libelThe Russian billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has launched an embittered online attack o... read more

 The Guardian5 hours ago
Pound v US Dollar latest: GBP still close to 8-month high against USD

THE pound might be down from its best levels of the week against the US dollar but the GBP/USD pairing remains close to 8-month highs.... read more

 Daily Express5 hours ago
Is M&S being radical enough as it slips out of fashion? | Nils Pratley

The retailer is to axe 10% of the space devoted to its struggling clothing and homewares – but the market is moving onMarks & Spencer’s share price has improved 10% since Archie Norman, lately of ITV and once of Asda, was named as the next chairman e... read more

 The Guardian5 hours ago
Nintendo's share price hits seven-year high as Switch sales soar

Hybrid between a home console and a handheld machine looks set to be games company’s first big hit since the WiiNintendo’s share price has hit its highest point in seven years, thanks to booming sales of the new Switch, its hybrid between a tradition... read more

 The Guardian6 hours ago
Aldi beats Waitrose to be crowned best shop to buy alcohol

Aldi was crowned Best Drinks Retailer at the Drinks Business Awards last night, beating Waitrose and specialist online drinks seller Master of Malt to land the prestigious title.... read more

 Daily Mail6 hours ago
China's credit rating downgraded amid fears over slowing economy

Moody’s lowers country’s rating for first time since 1989 to reflect concerns over rising debt China’s credit rating has been downgraded by Moody’s for the first time in almost 30 years over fears that slowing growth and rising debts will weaken the ... read more

 The Guardian6 hours ago
Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations'

Marchers in Chicago claim the world’s largest fast food chain supports low wages for workers and allows sexual harassment, ‘just like Donald Trump’Thousands took to the streets of downtown Chicago on Tuesday night calling McDonald’s the “Donald Trump... read more

 The Guardian7 hours ago
De-risking pension pots could leave savers cash strapped

The default approach of shedding your nest egg of riskier assets and replacing them with supposed sure bets as retirement edges closer could leave you cash strapped experts warn.... read more

 Daily Mail7 hours ago
Tesco to trial new scheme to SCRAP 5p plastic bags forever

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is set to trial a scheme to scrap 5p plastic bags.... read more

 Daily Express7 hours ago
A four-day working week would increase our quality of life

Common sense tells me that five-to-two is just too big a ratio. More than twice as many days spent working as not working? Hmmm.... read more

 Daily Mail7 hours ago
Nation of savers: Brits have £1.5 billion in piggy banks or coin jars

HOARDING Brits have a staggering £1.5 billion in piggy banks or coin jars.... read more

 Daily Express7 hours ago
Closing the gap on delayed compensation claims

Johnny is travelling back to London from a business meeting in Bristol and the train is delayed by 45 minutes. This means that he’ll have to cancel his next meeting, he’ll be late to pick up his three year old daughter from the child minder and miss ... read more

 SB7 hours ago
The cow that tells cyclists to slow down: new technologies for congested cities

As urban populations swell, technology firms are working on projects to make road, cycle and foot traffic flow better If a cow appears as you cycle through the Dutch city of Utrecht, it’s a good idea to brake.This cow is not a wandering animal, but p... read more

 The Guardian8 hours ago
Failure is an option – and part of a business’ evolution

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ? Michael Jordan So far, ... read more

 SB8 hours ago
Interactive map shows spending power of regions of the UK

For the first time the ONS has compiled a council by council breakdown of  a household's spending power - do you can see if you are feeling flush or feeling the pinch.... read more

 Daily Mail8 hours ago
How technology can be the key to your fitness and wellbeing

Technology continues to permeate every aspect of our lives - transforming our day to day existence. Digital fitness technology is no exception. We have seen smartphone applications, fitness trackers and wearables grow in popularity over recent years,... read more

 SB8 hours ago
China's credit rating downgraded for first time since 1989 amid debt and growth fears

CHINA'S credit rating has been slashed by Moody's for the first time since 1989 amid fears of ballooning debt levels and slowing growth.... read more

 Daily Express8 hours ago
Half of Brits fear they have been a victim of a cyberattack

More than half of the UK fears their personal information has been compromised from a cyberattack. New research from Experian finds that 54 per cent of people believe they have been the target of fraudulent activity online – up from 39 per cent on la... read more

 SB9 hours ago
Homes with private moorings – in pictures

Cool views and a place to dock your boat in locations from Cornwall to Florida Continue reading... read more

 The Guardian9 hours ago
More miss out on tax breaks as old unmarried couples rise

The proportion of older cohabiting couples aged between 65 and 69 years old trebled from 1.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent between 2002 and 2015, according to Royal London.... read more

 Daily Mail9 hours ago
GDPR – one year to go: data protection for the new age

This month marks one year until GDPR finally comes into effect, and in the coming months, many businesses will be finalising, or perhaps even beginning, preparations for their overall data protection strategy. Though current legislation, such as the ... read more

 SB9 hours ago
Pound v Australian dollar: GBP advances on Australian house price pressure

THE pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has made moderate gains today, with GBP rising to AU$1.739.... read more

 Daily Express9 hours ago
Stand in line: Improve your checkouts or lose your customer loyalty

Competition is fierce and customer loyalty is fleeting at best so when it comes to retail stores, the customer experience is more important than ever. But according to the findings of research issued by Qmatic UK Ltd, the British are expecting more w... read more

 SB9 hours ago
Foreign aid is being cut, but business will keep fighting poverty

Companies can step in and invest in low-income countries at a time when US aid budgets are under threatIt’s easy to feel discouraged these days about international development. The new US administration has proposed cutting the foreign aid budget by ... read more

 The Guardian10 hours ago
Jaguar Land Rover pledges 'heart and soul' to UK as new model debuts in Solihull

Range Rover Velar is third model in two years to be launched at West Midlands plant, which employs about 10,000 peopleJaguar Land Rover’s latest model is to be built exclusively at its plant in Solihull as the luxury carmaker pledged its “heart and s... read more

 The Guardian10 hours ago
Should I stay or should I go? 2017 a summer of staycations after Brexit

As the late May Bank Holiday approaches, research from Rakuten Marketing and Centre for Retail Research today reveals nearly one in four (24 per cent) consumers admit they are changing their intended travel plans this summer as a result of Brexit. Mo... read more

 SB10 hours ago
M&S boss Steve Rowe wins backers with food-only stores

The results comes amid a large scale overhaul for the retailer, which includes opening new food-only stores.... read more

 Daily Mail10 hours ago
On-demand Warehousing: does it work for your business?

As we all know, e-commerce has grown exponentially over the last 15 years, from the days of Amazon and a few net-only retailers to being the cornerstone of nearly every retailer’s omni-channel strategy. £133 billion was spent online with UK retailers... read more

 SB10 hours ago
Cash Isa rates continue to lag behind ordinary accounts

Cash Isa rates continue to trail those offered on similar taxable accounts. While banks have edged up rates on their ordinary accounts, only a handful have raised rates on their cash Isas.... read more

 Daily Mail10 hours ago
How monthly cash Isa savers can get 4% return

Ford Money launched a best buy 4% regular savings deal this week, which sold out within 24 hours. However, its cash Isa version is still open - but is unlikely to last until the end of the week.... read more

 Daily Mail11 hours ago
How UK businesses can stay protected online

Earlier this year, businesses and organisations of all sizes from around the world were hit by a large-scale cyber attack, known as WannaCry, leaving them unable to access online systems and data. The attack continued to affect companies over the day... read more

 SB11 hours ago
China DOWNGRADED: Huge debt bubble is threat to economy, warns top agency Moody's

CHINA'S sky-high debt levels have triggered a credit rating downgrade by top ratings agency Moody's, amid fears the economy is showing more signs of slowing.... read more

 Daily Express11 hours ago
Marks & Spencer investors on high alert

On the markets Marks & Spencer shares were in the red after it unveiled a 63.5 per cent plunge in annual pre-tax profits to £176.4 million - sales in its clothing arm tumbled 5.9 per cent in its final quarter.... read more

 Daily Mail11 hours ago
POUND LIVE: Sterling bounces back after Manchester bombing

THE pound has bounced back against both the euro and the dollar after reaching multi-week lows in the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack.... read more

 Daily Express11 hours ago
Marks & Spencer sees two-thirds drop in profits as clothing sales tumble

RETAIL giant Marks & Spencer has seen annual profits tumble by nearly two thirds and revealed sales across its under-pressure clothing arm have plunged back into reverse.... read more

 Daily Express11 hours ago
English champagne anyone? British wine goes from sad to sparkling

With Taittinger planting vines in Kent and British wine getting global recognition, the country’s wine producers are thrivingThere was a time when English wine was the butt of jokes among connoisseurs, and given the inferior quality of what was being... read more

 The Guardian12 hours ago
M&S profits dive by nearly two-thirds as clothing sales slide

Retailer’s pre-tax profits plunge to £176.4m as it is hit by £400m restructuring costs arising from turnaround planMarks & Spencer’s has reported a 64% drop in annual profits to just £176.4m as weak clothing sales were compounded by more than £400m o... read more

 The Guardian12 hours ago