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Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal. Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal.
More clarity on the Brexit transition is needed to stop companies proceeding with contingency plans despite the progress announced on Friday, the CBI has warned. Paul Drechsler, president of the business lobby group, said companies had begun triggering plans months ago. However, more detail could help suspend further action by firms, he said. Sterling was trading higher at just under $1.3...
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U.S. tax bill, Flynn guilty plea eyed by overseas investors. U.S. tax bill, Flynn guilty plea eyed by overseas investors.
SEOUL, South Korea — European markets opened higher after Asian stocks closed mixed on Monday, with U.S. politics in focus. Investors are digesting the U.S. Senate’s passage of the tax bill and considering implications of the guilty plea by President Donald Trump’s former U.S. national security adviser. U.S. politics took central stage for Asian investors at the week’s start. On early Saturday, ...
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Trump signals changes are coming to tax bill as new study says those at the bottom are hurt. Trump signals changes are coming to tax bill as new study says those at the bottom are hurt.
The White House and congressional leaders released a framework for tax changes, but many key details have been left to tax committees. Here’s how that process is working. Jeff Dionise, Ramon Padilla, Paul Singer and Herbert Jackson. WASHINGTON — Senate Republicanswere working Monday to lock up votes for their tax overhaul plan, which they still hope to have on President Trump's desk before Chri...
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The end is near for Obama-era net neutrality rules. The end is near for Obama-era net neutrality rules.
Everything from the way you use banking apps to the speed of your Netflix stream could soon be changing, if all goes to plan for the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC's mission — essentially gutting the internet as we know it — would allow service providers to create so-called fast and slow lanes for subscribers. Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, announced on Tuesday a pla...
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Facebook ad revenue tops $10bn Facebook ad revenue tops $10bn
Facebook profits soared in the third quarter as it brought in more than $10bn from advertising. The firm said profits were $4.7bn (£3.5bn) in the three months to the end of September, up 80% year-on-year. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told investors the firm's investments in security would "impact" profitability. US lawmakers are examining the possible use of the platform for Russian pr...
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BT profits dented by sports rights investment BT profits dented by sports rights investment
Profits at BT dipped in the second quarter partly due to higher payments for sports rights and a slowdown in its global corporate services division. The company said other factors holding back profits included investment in customer service, and higher pension costs and business rates. Pre-tax profits for the three months to 30 September fell 1% to £666m BT said it was taking "robust action...
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HSBC 'ignored money laundering warning' in South Africa scandal HSBC 'ignored money laundering warning' in South Africa scandal
HSBC should be investigated for "possible criminal complicity" in connection with corruption allegations in South Africa, a UK peer has said. Lord Peter Hain told Parliament he had asked the Treasury to refer an unnamed UK bank for investigation into possible involvement in money laundering. In the letter , he named HSBC and said it ignored a warning about large transfers of cash. He cite...
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JC Penney shares slump after outlook cut JC Penney shares slump after outlook cut
US department store chain JC Penney's shares have fallen more than 20% in early trading after it cut its full-year profit outlook sharply. The retailer said adjusted earnings per share would now be two to eight cents instead of 40 to 65 cents. It also said it expected not to report any sales increase for the year, having previously said 2017 sales would be as much as 1% higher than the year ...
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Kobe says 500 firms affected in steel scandal Kobe says 500 firms affected in steel scandal
Japan's Kobe Steel has increased the number of firms it says have been affected by its data fabrication scandal from 200 to 500. It also said it had found "inappropriate actions" relating to nine more products, including falsifying data. Earlier this week, Kobe admitted falsifying quality data on some of its products for up to a decade. The news has wiped out about $1.8bn off Kobe Steel's...
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Farm incomes may halve after Brexit Farm incomes may halve after Brexit
The profitability of the average UK farm could fall by as much as half after Brexit, new research suggests. The report, by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), says the "worst-case scenario" would cut average farm profits from £38,000 a year to just £15,000. The analysis tries to model the effects of cheaper imported food, reduced subsidies and more expensive labour. A...
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