News archive from 12 August 2014

Food sales fall 3.5%, quarterly survey shows

Food sales fall 3.5%, quarterly survey shows

The slump in food sales came in the face of a supermarket price war. Photograph: Jim Holden/Alamy Grocers saw sales tumble in value last month as the polarisation in performance between food and non-food retailers continued. The latest survey by the...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 
UK is now the self-employment capital of western Europe, says IPPR report

UK is now the self-employment capital of western Europe, says IPPR report

Self-employment has become more common in the UK - perhaps partly because of a lack of good jobs. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Britain is dubbed the self-employment capital of western Europe in a report published on Tuesday that feeds concerns over the...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 
Pubs closing at rate of 31 a week

Pubs closing at rate of 31 a week

'Pubs are increasingly being targeted by those wishing to take advantage of the absence of proper planning control.' Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian The rate at which British pubs are closing down has accelerated to 31 a week and 3% of...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 
John Menzies announce shock exit of director Smyth

John Menzies announce shock exit of director Smyth

LOGISTICS group John Menzies yesterday announced the surprise resignation of long-standing executive Craig Smyth, who has driven the growth of the aviation arm behind much of the group's success in recent years. Smyth, the group’s highest-paid...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
RBS looks to offload arm of Queen’s bank Coutts

RBS looks to offload arm of Queen’s bank Coutts

ROYAL Bank of Scotland is considering the sale of the international arm of its private bank Coutts which could net it as much as £600 million. Coutts, which was founded in the 18th century and is best known as banker to the Queen, could be split into...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Petroceltic suspend Kurdistan operations

Petroceltic suspend Kurdistan operations

Oil and gas explorer Petro-celtic has suspended operations in Kurdistan and will evacuate "non-essential" workers amid fears that oilfields could fall into the hands of ruthless Islamist militants. The Irish firm, which merged with...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
M18 collision expected to cause rush hour chaos

M18 collision expected to cause rush hour chaos

Motorists are being warned to expect rush hour delays on the M18 following a serious incident involving an oil tanker and eight other vehicles. One lane of the motorway southbound between A630 [M18 junction 4] and A6182 [M18 junction 3] has reopened...

 
US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams found dead, aged 63, in apparent suicide, California police say. Marin County Police said they had found Williams unresponsive after responding to an emergency call around noon local time. Williams was famous for films such as...

BBC, 00:12 in Art & Culture
 
Families ‘struggle to meet cost of children’

Families ‘struggle to meet cost of children’

THE cost of raising a child has risen to more than £150,000 and is well beyond parents earning the minimum wage, according to a new report. Figures from the Child Poverty Action Group suggest that a couple will pay out £153,679 from birth to age 18,...

 
Prime Ministers honoured by stamps

Prime Ministers honoured by stamps

The first set of stamps dedicated to British prime ministers is being launched by the Royal Mail to mark the 200th anniversary of the office. The four first-class and four 97p stamps feature portraits of leaders ranging from William Pitt the Younger...

 
One in ten in Yorkshire do not have a single close friend, report says

One in ten in Yorkshire do not have a single close friend, report says

A "SIGNIFICANT minority" say they have no close friends and rarely feel loved, a new study examining relationships has found. One in ten people in Yorkshire and the Humber don’t have a single close friend, “concerning statistics” released by...

 

Lawyers pitch to lead GM ignition-switch cases

Nearly 40 lawyers waited for hours to make four-minute pitches to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who is overseeing the cases, during a marathon hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Numerous other lawyers have...

Reuters, 00:13 in Business
 
Robin Williams Dead In 'Apparent Suicide'

Robin Williams Dead In 'Apparent Suicide'

Robin Williams has died in an "apparent suicide", according to US police. Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 08457 90 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org More follows...

 

UK to step up Iraq refugees aid bid

The British aid effort in Iraq is to be stepped up to ease the plight of thousands of people trapped on a mountain as they flee advancing militants. The move follows an aborted attempt to deliver aid to the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, which was called...

 
Independence: Scots sent impartial vote guide

Independence: Scots sent impartial vote guide

EVERY household in Scotland is being sent an impartial guide to voting in the independence referendum. The Electoral Commission’s guide contains factual information on how to register to vote and the different ways of casting a referendum vote. • Get...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 


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