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Hong Kong protests: Brand 'witch hunt' takes over Chinese internet

As the protests intensify in Hong Kong, international luxury brands are getting caught in the crossfire. Global brands such as Versace, Coach, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, ASICS, and Swarovski have all become tied up in controversy on the mainland this week for listing Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as a separate countries or regions - not…
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Metro top and RBS bottom in banks' customer ratings

Image copyright Reuters Customers have provided a ray of sunshine for Metro Bank as the embattled business topped official satisfaction ratings.Metro was joint top with First Direct, with 82% of personal British customers saying they would recommend the banks to their family and friends.Metro has seen its share price nosedive in recent months and is…
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Department store sales rise for first time in 2019

Image copyright PA Sales in department stores rose for the first time this year in July, the Office for National Statistics said, with data showing an unexpected rise in total retail sales in the month.Monthly retail sales rose 0.2% - defying forecasts for a 0.2% fall - boosted by online sales.Department stores rose 1.6%, reversing…
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Cuadrilla resumes fracking in Lancashire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No fracking has taken place on the site since December Energy firm Cuadrilla has resumed fracking at its site in Lancashire, it has confirmed.Drilling began at the Preston New Road site in October but operations were halted on a number of occasions due to underground tremors.No fracking has taken…
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Asda cites 'Brexit uncertainty' as sales fall

Image copyright Asda Asda has reported a fall in sales in the first six months of the year and warned about "uncertainty surrounding Brexit".Sales fell 0.3%, even though second-quarter sales rose after being boosted by Easter.Asda boss Roger Burnley said consumer confidence was at a six-year low, "due in no small part to the ongoing…
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Stock markets fall after China trade warning

Image copyright Getty Images Markets in Europe fell on Thursday after a warning from China that it would take fresh countermeasures against US tariffs.The sell-off follows a turbulent day on US and Asian stock exchanges, fuelled by investor fear of a global recession.The FTSE 250, seen as a good gauge of the UK economy, fell…