Travel warning as millions begin Christmas getaway

Nearly three million road journeys are expected to be made on Friday as people begin their Christmas getaway, motoring organisations have warned.There will be "significant" congestion on major roads, with delays likely on the M25, M6 and M40, the RAC said.Delays of more than an hour and a half are expected on the M40 southbound.The…

Business investment in worst run since 2009

Image copyright Getty Images Business investment has now declined for three quarters in a row, figures show, its worst run since the economic downturn of 2008 to 2009.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said investment fell by 1.1% in the July to September period compared with the previous quarter.However, separate ONS figures showed government borrowing…

How chewing gum became a million dollar idea

Hollywood tough guys, ex-smokers and millions of other people across the world chomp on it every day - it's chewing gum. But where did it come from? And who made it into the mass seller it is today? Aaron Heslehurst explains.Video producer: Jeremy Howell

'Intimacy plus': Is that what makes podcasts so popular?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Celebrity status: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson host the podcast 2 Dope Queens If you mention the word "podcast" to people, many immediately come up with a list of "must listens". But this popularity is fairly recent. Why have podcasts taken so long to become visible, and does that…

UK car production tumbles in November

Image copyright Getty Images Production of cars in the UK tumbled by almost 20% in November compared with a year earlier, according to the industry's trade body.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) blamed weaker demand in the UK and in export markets.It also said changes in regulation and the introduction of new models…

Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbout 10,000 passengers were affected overnight on Wednesday as flights were unable to take off or landTens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying…