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When do people buy their first home?

Image copyright Getty Images Home ownership rates in England rose slightly in the last financial year - but first-time buyers are having to wait until they are older to buy.The annual English Housing Survey, published by the government, shows that 64% of the population owned their own home in 2017-18.That was a one percentage point…
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Brexit: Unilever stockpiles Ben & Jerry's and Magnum ice creams

Image copyright Getty Images Unilever has said it is stockpiling Ben and Jerry's ice cream and Magnum bars ahead of the UK's departure from the European Union. Chief executive Alan Jope said the consumer goods giant was holding a few weeks' worth of extra stock in case of disruption to supply chains. It follows admissions…
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China's factory activity shrinks as slowdown worries rise

Image copyright Getty Images Chinese factory activity contracted for a second straight month in January, the official Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) showed. The index ticked up to 49.5, but remained below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction. China reported its weakest economic expansion in 28 years in 2018, and growth is expected to…
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Haidilao: Robots staff China's top hotpot chain

China's biggest hotpot restaurant chain by sales, Haidilao, started almost 25 years ago and has already established more than 360 restaurants around the world, including in Japan, the US and Taiwan.The popular chain has opened Beijing's first robot-aided hotpot restaurant to much fanfare and is looking to spread the concept across its other outlets if…
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The unlikely stars bucking the High Street slump

Image caption Quirky gifts feature heavily nowadays in museum shops As consumers, we are spending more of our money on what we do rather than on what we wear.The beneficiary - an unlikely star bucking the downturn in retail - is the humble museum and gallery shop. Once stocked with little more than key rings…
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DJI pledges painful action to tackle corruption

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DJI was founded 13 years ago and has become one of China's best known tech brands DJI, the world's bestselling drone-maker, has published an open letter promising to take "painful" steps to tackle corruption within its company.The Chinese firm had previously revealed that some employees had inflated the cost…