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Gatwick Airport: Majority stake sold to French firm

Image copyright Google A majority stake in Gatwick Airport is to be sold to French operator Vinci Airports for £2.9bn. Vinci Airports, part of infrastructure group Vinci, will buy 50.01% of the UK's second-busiest airport. The other 49.99% will be managed by current owners Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).The airport was closed in the run-up to…
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Most shoppers mistrust influencers, says survey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeffree Star is one of the top social media influencers in the beauty industry Most shoppers do not trust social media influencers, a survey has indicated.In the research for BBC Radio 4, 82% of people who took part said it was not always clear when an influencer had been…
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Plastic bag fee 'to double to 10p' and include every shop

Image copyright PA The 5p fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p, and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary.The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could come into effect in January 2020.Smaller retailers,…
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Boxing Day sales: Footfall down for third year, analysts say

Image copyright EPA The number of people heading to the Boxing Day sales has fallen for the third year running despite some heavy discounting, retail analysts have said.Springboard, which examines information from UK High Street and shopping centre cameras, said average footfall up to 16:00 GMT was 3.1% lower than in 2017.It suggested 26 December…
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Strawberry fields forever? Think again…

Most food in Singapore is imported, as land is scarce. But now one company has taken a novel approach to growing strawberries in the city state.Reporter: Sarah Toms
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Wooden clothes on the recycled Christmas list?

Image caption The Finnish university has found a way to turn birch trees from its forests into material for clothes If you're struggling for an original Christmas present - how about a wooden dress?At a recent state gala, Finland's first lady wore a dress made from the country's birch trees.But there was nothing frivolous about…