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Can you buy decent running shoes for £50 or less?

Can you buy decent running shoes for £50 or less?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. My partner and I are into week five of the Couch to 5K NHS running app, and we’re...

Guardian, today, 07:26
 
Pensions: could you claim part of a £19bn cash mountain?

Pensions: could you claim part of a £19bn cash mountain?

Is there an old pension plan out there with your name on it? A new study this week estimated there are more than £19bn of lost and forgotten pension pots waiting to be reunited with their owners, many of them worth thousands of pounds. This is...

Guardian, today, 07:26
 
Christmas travel: move fast to snap up cheap tickets

Christmas travel: move fast to snap up cheap tickets

This year, Saturday 22 December looks set to be the big travel weekend ahead of a Tuesday Christmas day – and if you’ve got any sense you won’t leave your travel arrangements to the last minute because if you do, you’ll face train fares that would...

Guardian, today, 07:26
 
Facebook fake review factories uncovered by Which? investigation

Facebook fake review factories uncovered by Which? investigation

Fake review factories that run on Facebook and manufacture misleading five-star reviews that are then posted on Amazon have been uncovered by investigators from Which? The consumer group said two large Facebook groups – Amazon Deals Group and Amazon...

Guardian, today, 00:57
 
Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found. Its investigator joined several "rewards for reviews" groups and was hired to write high-rated...

BBC, yesterday, 22:19
 
'How could I find £3,000 to pay for my mum's funeral?'

'How could I find £3,000 to pay for my mum's funeral?'

2016 was a difficult year for Leyli Beheshty-Zadeh. Her grandmother's death was followed closely by her mother's, and she found herself having to arrange two funerals in the space of five months. "The vulnerability you feel at this time is...

BBC, yesterday, 22:19
 
Post Office boss receives 7% pay rise as postmaster salaries cut

Post Office boss receives 7% pay rise as postmaster salaries cut

The Post Office boss Paula Vennells received a 7% pay rise last year, while thousands of postmasters took an average 4.5% pay cut. The former L’Oréal and Argos executive took home £718,300 in the year to March, according to accounts filed at Companies...

Guardian, yesterday, 18:46
 
WPP no longer world's most valuable ad firm as share price falls

WPP no longer world's most valuable ad firm as share price falls

WPP is no longer the world’s biggest marketing and advertising services group by market capitalisation after the UK company’s stock market value slipped below that of US rival Omnicom for the first time in almost a decade. The London-listed company’s...

Guardian, yesterday, 18:46
 
Sports Direct to close House of Fraser's Manchester store

Sports Direct to close House of Fraser's Manchester store

Landmark Manchester department store Kendals is to close in the new year after talks between House of Fraser’s new owner, Sports Direct, and the building’s landlord broke down. The closure of the 182-year-old store in the Deansgate area will result in...

Guardian, yesterday, 16:37
 
ScottishPower to invest in solar energy for the first time

ScottishPower to invest in solar energy for the first time

ScottishPower, one of Britain’s biggest energy companies, has said it will invest in solar power for the first time as part of its move away from fossil fuels. The big six firm sold off its last gas-fired power stations to Drax Group this week to...

Guardian, yesterday, 16:03
 

Investors increase offer for shopping centre group Intu

Shopping centre landlord Intu, whose portfolio includes Braehead in Glasgow, has seen a consortium of investors up its takeover approach, valuing the company at around £2.8 billion. Peel Group, the Olayan Group and Brookfield Property Group revised an...

Scotsman, yesterday, 15:59
 

Persimmon boss refuses to answer questions about £75m bonus

The boss of house building firm Persimmon has walked off in the middle of a BBC interview after being asked about his £75m bonus. "I'd rather not talk about that," Jeff Fairburn said, when asked if he had regrets about last year's payout....

BBC, yesterday, 14:35
 
Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

The plastics recycling industry faces an investigation amid reports firms are illegally profiting from the market and in some cases polluting rivers. The Environment Agency, the regulator, confirmed it had set up an investigative team and was pursuing...

BBC, yesterday, 13:17
 
Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, as its head of global affairs and communications. Clegg, 51, has been hired as Facebook struggles to cope with mounting political pressure over issues including fake news, data...

Guardian, yesterday, 13:14
 
eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

Auction site eBay says it is acquiring the Motors.co.uk website, making it a "leading alternative" to Auto Trader as a classified ad site for cars. Under the deal, Motors.co.uk would become part of classified ad site Gumtree UK, also owned...

BBC, yesterday, 12:05
 


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