Labour shortages and slowing sales put squeeze on UK firms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Finding workers with the right skills is becoming increasingly difficult, according to the British Chambers of Commerce UK firms are being squeezed by labour shortages, rising prices and a slowdown in sales.More companies than ever before are finding it hard to recruit staff according to the British Chambers of…

Apple blames China as it cuts forecast

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has rattled investors with news that its sales have been slowing, blaming economic weakness in China.In a surprise disclosure, the iPhone maker said it anticipated revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) for the three months to 29 December.In November it forecast sales of at least $89bn - a prediction that had…

The place where you can smash up cars for fun

A company in the Netherlands is offering an alternative form of stress and anger management - a car smash up.Customers are provided with sledgehammers, bats and even golf clubs to take out their frustrations. But not everyone thinks it's the best way to relieve stress.Video journalist: Anna Holligan

John Lewis Christmas Eve sales end year with a boost

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Lewis sales were boosted by last-minute Christmas Eve purchases Retail chain John Lewis Partnership saw an 11% rise in sales in the last week of 2018 compared with a year earlier.The partnership includes both John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets.John Lewis reported very strong sales on Christmas…

Rail fares rise 'kick in the wallet' after delays

Image copyright EPA Rail fares have increased by an average of 3.1% in England and Wales - and almost 3% in Scotland - despite a raft of issues on the network in 2018. The rail industry says 98p of every pound spent on a ticket is invested back into the network.But Wednesday's price hike was…

Grayling defends no-deal Brexit ferry contract

Image copyright Getty Images Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the government's choice of a UK company with no ships as one of the providers of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Mr Grayling told the BBC he would make no apologies for "supporting a new British business".The firm, Seaborne Freight, won…