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We reveal how quickly batteries in electric and hybrid cars degrade

As the ban on petrol and diesel cars nears, more drivers are considering electric cars. One concern is how long their batteries last, with one Canadian firm measuring battery performance after 1 year.


Odds shortening over £6bn each-way bet on William Hill

Private equity firm Apollo and Caesars Entertainment are fighting it out to buy the British bookmaker. The shares shot up 43 per cent, valuing William Hill at £3.3billion.


Rolls-Royce in £1 share offer as it raises crisis cash

City sources said it was considering pricing the cash call at £1 per share - 35 per cent below Fridays closing price of £1.54. The hefty discount would encourage investors to back the aerospace giant


Pizza duo snap up bargain sites for expansion

Hugh Osmond, who runs Coppa Club owner Various Eateries, and David Page, who owns Franco Manca and The Real Greek restaurants, have been eyeing venues vacated by struggling businesses.


Tech Nation beefs up board as it strives to help economy

Eric Collins, a black entrepreneur who helped Barack Obamas start-up diversity drive, is among the four new directors. The others are Hussein Kanji, Annette Wilson and Trecilla Lobo.


Boss of Sage calls on Government to boost talent pool

Steve Hare responds to the bold plan being dreamt up behind the scenes by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Ministers chief adviser, to create Britains own tech behemoth with a question of his own.


Sainsburys to add delivery slots as orders double in six months

The company is extending early morning orders by half an hour to 6.30am and by up to an hour in the evening to 11.30pm in most places over the next month.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE Amryt drug may be winner

Midas recommended Amryt Pharma in 2017 when the shares were 17.5p. The company undertook a six-for-one share consolidation last year so that 17.5p is equivalent to £1.06 now.


Payment holiday CAN affect home loan, says Minister

John Glen has said a payment holiday may impact a lenders willingness to provide credit - even though Ministers previously promised that borrowers would not be affected.


Should you ditch energy giants as the age of oil ends?

All this presents a dilemma for investors. Many of us have large chunks of our portfolios invested in the oil and gas sector - often via income funds, which typically hold shares in BP and Shell.


Banks set for dividend return NatWest and Lloyds give hope

Bosses have heralded their rock-solid balance sheets as regulators at the Bank of England prepare to review the ban on payouts to shareholders.


HAMISH MCRAE Growth is Chancellors way out

Governments cannot create growth by pulling policy levers, but they must avoid silly bureaucratic regulations that inhibit it.


Hospitality businesses in last ditch pleaas layoffs begin

UK Hospitality, which represents 85,000 bars, pubs and restaurants, said the lack of specific support for hospitality jobs in the Chancellors recovery plan had crystallised decisions on mass redundancies.


RACHEL RICKARD STRAUS Insurers still squeeze customers

A report revealed just how twisted the insurance industry has become so desperate are insurers to lure in new customers that they willingly make a loss in the first year of many policies.


Southern Water boss nets £538k bonus as cases of pollution soar

The award took his total annual pay and pension to £1.1million. The company said in its annual report that it had 434 pollution incidents in the year to March 31, 2020.


Pay for TV licence? Wed rather go to jail, say the over-75s

We have been inundated with emails and letters from the over-75s voicing their fury at having just been ordered to pay to watch television - many vowing they will not pay this disgraceful tax.


NS&I plunges into meltdown Delays as rates tumble

We have been bombarded with emails and letters from customers who are at their wits end after tortuous dealings with call centres. The Bishops (pictured) are trying to transfer their Isas.


Only ONE mortgage is left for 90% borrowers

Lenders have pulled almost all of their remortgage deals for those borrowing at a high loan-to-value rate, research has found.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Dividends for helping Covid fight

Investors in the business should be rewarded with income, capital gains and the knowledge that they are funding companies whose work can make a tangible difference to peoples lives.


Will crackdown on £1bn rip-off really cut your insurance bill?

The Financial Conduct Authority announced that it plans to ensure that insurance companies do not charge existing customers more for the same cover as new customers pay.


Who are going to be the winners of the mini lockdown?

When Britain went into lockdown in March, it seemed like a disaster all round for investors. But winners and losers rapidly emerged from the economic rubble.


RATHBONE GLOBAL Hunt on for stocks with secret sauce

James Thomson scours the globe looking for companies with potential for strong growth that are currently flying under the radar.


HSBC to face class action over moneylaundering claims

Two American law firms have started building class action law suits against HSBC and Standard Chartered following allegations the banking giants failed to crack down on money laundering.


I paid lunch fees ahead of lockdown but the nursery wont refund me the money - what can I do? 

A reader has asked if there is any further recourse in the event that a nursery doesnt refund lunch money which was paid before lockdown


What are the best duvet COVERS and how do they affect a better sleep?

Most people overlook the most important aspect of a duvet cover in favour of making sure it is aesthetically pleasing - but we reveal what you really need to consider when buying one.


Have DIY stores run out of shed paint?

Early in lockdown, I did what thousands of Britons did cleared out the garage. Among all of the junk, I found a pot of black Cuprinol Ducksback 5-year Waterproof paint. So I painted the shed.


Is it worth buying a dashcam? How footage could help insurance claim

The popularity of dashcams has sky-rocketed in recent years, with motorists using the devices to protect themselves on the road, deter thieves and capture unusual driving behaviour.


Boohoo bosses face calls to quit in wake of sweat-shop scandal report

Investigators led by Alison Levitt QC revealed excessive hours, life-threatening conditions and illegally low pay across much of the fast fashion giants supply chain.


Kuwaitis eye stake in Rolls-Royce as it reports a record £5.4bn loss

Rolls believes business will not pick back up to 2019 levels until 2025. It has already announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs and said factories in Nottinghamshire and Lancashire will close.


ALEX BRUMMER Boohoo scandal shows how profits triumph over governance

Reports of problems in Leicester clothes factories date began in 2015, but Boohoos board, dominated by executive chairman Mahmud Kamani (pictured), never confronted the issues.


PUNT OF THE WEEK Bluebird Merchant Ventures reopens old gold mines

Bluebird is in the process of buying 100 per cent of its projects in South Korea from joint venture partner Southern Gold. This week it said there is local support to restart a Philippines project.


Ineos boss Sir Jim Ratcliffe escapes to Monaco tax haven

The city state on the French Riviera is listed as the 67-year-olds main home, replacing Hampshire, according to filings published by Companies House this week.


MARKET REPORT Brothers hit the jackpot after William Hill bidding war

Fred and Peter Done, who founded rival bookmaker Betfred, built a 6 per cent holding in William Hill this year. They are now sitting on a tidy profit after the firm was thrust into the centre of a takeover battle.


Mike Ashley spent nearly £2m on helicopter and plane travel last year

Ashleys extravagant travel bill of £1.9m in the year to April 29, 2019 - disclosed in accounts published by his firm Mash Holdings - was down from £2.1m the previous year.


TRUST WATCH Temple Bar Investment

After its manager Alastair Mundy of Ninety One took a leave of absence due to ill health in April, Temple Bar Investment Trust has appointed Nick Purves and Ian Lance of RWC to run the trust going forward.


Shaftesbury scraps dividend as worries grow over new virus curbs 

The FTSE 250 firm, which owns much of Londons Covent Garden (pictured), cancelled the payout as it revealed that less than half of rents owed by struggling tenants had been collected in the first half.


DIRECTOR DEALS Superdry boss Julian Dunkerton buys £1.36m of shares

Dunkerton, 55, hoovered up about 1m shares in multiple transactions for between 136p and 139p each. He now owns 19.7 per cent of the firm, which he co-founded in 2003 with friend James Holder.


Eastern promise Chinas love of luxury could spice up your portfolio 

If you want a guide to the latest trends in Chinas stock market, the must-have items for stylish and moneyed young women provide some of the best clues.


Will Winter Economy Plan save jobs and how does it work? This is Money podcast

There wont be another budget this year. Instead, we had the Winter Economy Plan unveiled this week as fears over a second wave of coronavirus infections takes hold.


SMALL CAP MOVERS Various Eateries to capitalise on hospitality crisis

Various Eateries raised £25million on Friday and said it will use the proceeds to expand its portfolio through opportunistic acquisitions.


How to make your home green and add value to it

It seems that many of us are looking forward to a greener lifestyle. One way to do this is by saving hundreds of pounds each year on energy bills by making your home more environmentally friendly.


Marcus Bank cutting its easy-access rate to 0.7%

There is more misery for savers on the horizon as Marcus, Goldman Sachs easy-access account, has slashed its rates to 0.7 per cent.


Where is my free Google Nest Mini from Spotify?

Spotify customers have been left frustrated after many are still waiting to receive their free Google Nest Minis - weeks after the offer was put forward by the streaming service.


What can we do if we have had no offers on our house for sale?

We have had quite a few viewings and some good feedback but no offers, which is frustrating when we keep reading about a property market mini-boom.


Npower increases charges for off peak tariff customers after aligning rates with the price cap

One customer was told her prices are changing from 1 October and from that date, her off peak electricity will be charged at the standard rate, meaning a rise of £304.87 a year.


Child Trust Funds 200,000 disabled children may be locked out

As many as 200,000 severely disabled children over the next eight years could potentially be locked out of their Child Trust Funds unless their families pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds.


TSB to abolish current account interest from December

TSB will be hoping its customers really dont care about the interest paid on their savings after it announced its Classic Plus current account would no longer pay anything at all from December.


UK car production crawl to a 45% decline in August

Just 51,039 new motors left UK assembly lines last month compared to 92,153 in the same month of 2019. Thats despite a predicted surge in sales in September.


Fresh Covid clampdown derails plan at bus and train operator Go-Ahead 

David Brown, the boss of Go-Ahead Group, said his company had been hoping to increase capacity on buses - until the Governments work from home U-turn this week.


ALEX BRUMMER Rishi has much more to do for Britains recovery

While many citizens spent August on Eat Out To Help Out, the mandarins were reaching into their box of tricks trying to find the right policies to avert catastrophe.


Trapped Woodford investors snubbed by Financial Conduct Authority

Grilling top regulators at the Financial Conduct Authority yesterday, savers asked why the watchdogs investigation into the fund managers failed empire was taking so long.


Rishi Sunak slaps dividend ban on big companies

With the furlough scheme due to close at the end of next month, the Chancellor unveiled his new job support scheme to help pay the wages of staff brought back part-time.


Venezuelan presidents Bank of England bullion bid goes back to court 

Venezuelas controversial president Nicolas Maduro wants to sell £800m worth of gold stored in the Bank of Englands vaults but has been blocked on grounds his government is not recognised by the UK.


MARKET REPORT Smiths shares in sick bay despite dividend pledge

The company, which creates items from intensive care devices to airport security scanners, announced plans to cut jobs after its profits for the year to July 31 tanked by 23 per cent to £327m.


Spending on pets and DIY soars... but sales of clothing plummet 

Families are spending more on household furniture and DIY as renewed lockdown measures force them back indoors, the CBI monthly Distributive Trades Survey found.


Rolls-Royce on target to test superfast electric plane

The FTSE 100 aerospace engineer said it had completed ground testing for all the technology in the planes core, including a 500 horsepower electric powertrain.


Will Rishi Sunaks winter plan help small businesses and self-employed?

Many business owners still feel not enough is being done to protect the self-employed, freelancers and contractors working in the hospitality, leisure, pubs and breweries and the performing arts sectors.


Business support from Government fails to support the self-employed

Many business owners still feel not enough is being done to protect the self-employed, freelancers and contractors working in the hospitality, leisure, pubs and breweries and the performing arts sectors.


Easyjet Holidays promises to refund customers if they change mind about upcoming trips

One of the main steps is to give customers a full refund, including their deposit in credit, up to 28 days before departure and free of fees, if they change their mind about travelling.


Xbox buyers face Klarna drama with Smyths Toys and GAME

Thousands of shoppers who tried to pre-order the latest Microsoft Xbox were left fearing for the state of their credit scores after a bungle between high street retailers and the buy now, pay later service Klarna.


Couple hit with €80,000 in mortgage fees by Commerzbank

Justin and Annabelle Parfitt, once Canadian reality TV stars turned property developers, bought an undeveloped loft in Berlin three years ago with the intention of fixing it up and selling it on.


Felixstowe container chaos spells crisis for UK importers

Thousands of British businesses which rely on transporting and selling imported goods face a potential crisis as Britains busiest freight port buckles under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Molly-Mae giveaway competition Did it need stricter T&Cs?

Molly-Mae Hague faced a torrent of backlash this week after her widely anticipated Instagram giveaway came to a conclusion. We reveal whether she followed the rules.


First-time buyers DENIED amid the housing market boom

Nearly half of all prospective first-time buyers have had to delay their plans by up to a year, new research from challenger bank Aldermore found.


The Travel Journal and Sunny Heart Travel set-up in the pandemic

The Travel Journal, in Harrogate, is opening its first shop in the city centre whilst Sunny Heart Travel is launching its travel agency online on the back of Thomas Cooks collapse.


Sophie Tea blew the art world away with her approach to making art for everyone

Its one thing to go it alone and try to make it as an entrepreneur, but its another to turn your business into a brand. Thats exactly what artist Sophie Tea did. She tells This is Money how.


Couple forced to rent out their home after being charged over €80,000 in mortgage termination fees

Justin and Annabelle Parfitt, once Canadian reality TV stars turned property developers, bought an undeveloped loft in Berlin three years ago with the intention of fixing it up and selling it on.


Gold explorer helps grandmother bag share games £500 weekly prize

The winning share pick was Greatland Gold. So far, so small cap gold company share, but it was the player who had picked it that made the story.


ALEX BRUMMER BT should be buzzing but shares are in the doldrums

You might think that BT would be a big winner from lockdown. As the nations top broadband operator it should be among the handful of Footsie stocks having a good pandemic, if such a thing is possible.


McLaren on track for float if it can bounce back from the virus slump

Surrey-based Mclaren, which launched a new car this summer - the 765LT (pictured) - said going public could be the best way for long-term investors to exit the business.


Shopping giants shamed for lack of women on boards

Despite having workforces made up predominantly of women on the shop floor, a smaller percentage of women are at the top table at Morrisons and Primark-owner ABF than at other major firms.


Tesla dives as Musk fails to deliver on million-mile battery hopes 

Tesla boss Elon Musk (pictured with singer-songwriter girlfriend Grimes), admitted his company had not yet made anticipated breakthroughs in battery technology.


Hornby sales take off during lockdown as families turn to hobbies

As Hornby, famous for its model trains, held its annual shareholder meeting yesterday, it said sales between April and August had been higher than the previous year and exceeded its expectations.


Economic recovery had lost steam before virus crackdown, figures show 

Growth in the manufacturing sector and its dominant services sector pulled back in September, according to IHS Markits closely- watched Purchasing Managers Index.


JP Morgan to move £183bn from UK to Frankfurt in No Deal Brexit blow

Jamie Dimon, JP Morgans long-standing chief executive (pictured), has been consistently pessimistic about the UKs prospects post-Brexit. He said a No Deal would be a disaster.


MARKET REPORT AA slams into reverse as takeover talks breakdown

In August, private equity groups Platinum Equity, Warburg Pincus, and TowerBrook Capital Partners working with the European arm of Centerbridge Partners were circling the company.


What have been the best-selling funds, trusts and shares since lockdown?

Today marks six months since the UK Government enforced a nationwide lockdown in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. With DIY investing on the rise, what have been the most popular buys?


Volkswagen ID.4 10 things you need to know about the electric SUV

The family-size plug-in car is the second model in VWs electric-dedicated ID range, following the recent arrival of the ID.3 in the UK earlier this month. Here are 10 things you need to know.


Teslas 520-mile range Model S Plaid goes on sale in the UK for £131k

Order books have opened Teslas new tri-motor Model S Plaid - which will become the electric car with the longest range available from 2021.


We take the latest Porsche Panamera for a spin at the MoDs tank testing grounds

The brands first executive four-door car hit the market in 2009, and with more than 10,000 sold in the UK alone has been a hit among fans of the 911 who need some extra space for the family.


Aside from Covid-19, what lies ahead for British pharma firms?

Share prices of many British pharmaceutical firms have grown enormously despite a stock market-wide March dip.


Electrified Range Rover Velar 4X4 gains a new £57k plug-in hybrid option

The set-up produces a combined 404hp, which propels the Velar from 0-to-60mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 149mph - and 33 miles can be covered without the unleaded motor kicking in.


AA share skid off track as suitor walks away

Platinum Equity, one of the potential buyers for breakdown business AA has withdrawn from the race three weeks after a deadline for bids was extended.


Will a second coronavirus wave slam investors again?

Investors have all been taken by surprise this year. Coronavirus wiped billions of pounds off the value of investments in March, and now a second wave is threatening to cause more problems.


Aston Martins £127,000 Vantage Roadster is fast -and in more ways than one

The £127,000 Vantage is the baby supercar in the Aston range and now comes as a convertible option for those who want a high-performance motor and also be seen driving one. Weve driven it.


Stuck working from home again? Here s what you can claim back

Energy bills could soar by nearly 20 per cent this autumn and winter for those working from home five days a week, according to comparison site energyhelpline.


Small firms in legal threat over Yell hard-sell tactics

Furniture store-owners Andy and Sally Meakin (pictured) paid Yell nearly £200 per month for various services after a sales rep promised the phone would be red hot, but now say they feel foolish.


How the fight for womens pension pay turned toxic

Thousands of women left poorer by the rise in state pension age had invested their hopes and money in a court victory that would see them receive their state pension backdated to the age of 60.


BARONESS ALTMANN Women are STILL second-class citizens for pensions

Equality of state pension age is by no means pension equality. Indeed, the average womans pension is far lower than a mans - with latest estimates showing a 40 per cent gender gap.


Are tech stocks going to the moon? Investors look around for new ideas

Investors have all been taken by surprise this year. Coronavirus wiped billions of pounds off the value of investments in March, and now a second wave is threatening to cause more problems.


ASK TONY Virgin failed to get me my £621 theatre tickets refund

I was refunded £621 by LW Theatres for cancelled tickets. But the money never reached my Virgin Mastercard account. LW Theatres has sent screen grabs to prove the refund was made.


Bank overdraft rates double from 12.34% to almost 27% in a year

The average arranged overdraft rate has risen from 12.34 per cent to almost 27 per cent in that period following new rules introduced in April, according to the data firm Moneyfacts.


BEN WILKINSON A dark cloud has descended over the savings landscape

The cuts are as brutal as they were inevitable. National Savings had, until now, been the last beacon of hope for savers as coronavirus has dragged interest rates farther and farther down.


Savers losing out on up to £7bn in interest by sticking with big banks

While smaller banks and building societies have been tentatively raising rates, big banks continue to pay virtually no interest at all. Yet money has been pouring into the big banks.


US private equity giant Apollo leads race to buy Asda

Walmart was forced to put Asda back up for auction after a £14bn merger with Sainsburys was blocked by regulators in April. The pair are not allowed to consider another merger for a decade.


Fury as Hargreaves Lansdown bosses cash in amid Woodford scandal

Hargreaves, which faces legal action for plugging the Woodford Equity Income fund up until its suspension, handed share awards to nine directors over the 2019/2020 financial year.


ALEX BRUMMER The virus winners and losers of business

Contrast B&Q owner Kingfisher with Whitbread. As Britains biggest hotelier, Whitbread is hard hit and 6,000 staff, both in management and at Premier Inn sites, are to lose their jobs.


MARKET REPORT Staycation boom fails to save jobs at Whitbread

Whitbread chief exec Alison Brittain plans to lay off up to 6,000 staff from its 35,000-strong workforce as it battles to survive the crisis. Many employees will have their hours cut


Airlines plead for Covid tests at airports to save industry 

The International Air Transport Association said pre-departure tests for all passengers would be the only way to replace the quarantine systems that have put people off travelling this summer.


Bailout bill tops £100bn but struggling firms beg for more

Six trade associations have written to chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to extend the emergency loan schemes due to end this month. He is also under pressure to prolong the furlough scheme.


Baroness Catherine Ashton joins board of Passport maker De La Rue  

Ashton, 64, (pictured) was the European Commissioner for Trade between 2008 and 2009 before becoming the EUs first high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.


Tui cuts winter holiday choice after summer bookings nosedive by 83%

Travellers will be left disappointed as Tui restricts the winter holiday choices on offer following a disappointing summer and reduced capacity


B&Q owner Kingfisher benefits from home improvement boom with a 62% rise in profits 

B&Q owner, Kingfisher, has seen much improved results in the second half of the year thanks to homeowners spending money on their homes instead of travel


NS&I cuts Where are the best savings rates now?

Some 25m savers were dealt a hammer blow this morning when NS&I announced savage cuts to its savings rates from the end of November.


The couple who launched furniture comparison site Ufurnish

For Deirdre Mc Gettrick comparing furniture items and prices was a frustrating experience but one that eventually gave birth to an idea for a business.


Halifax pulls its two-year fixes as lenders continue to pull up the drawbridge

Experts say the move is designed to help retain the banks low risk, high quality mortgage customers for longer by not allowing a two-year option.


Hot tub damage Complaints soar as sales surged in lockdown

Hundreds of consumers have complained about being unable to get their money back after hot tubs they bought during lockdown either broke down or didnt work properly to begin with.


Britains personal finances arent prepared for the unexpected

Many of us will be poorly prepared financially when things go unexpectedly wrong and we wont be able to cope with future money shocks, a new study has shown.


I have a property to rent out and a choice of tenants - which one should I pick?

Most landlords want to find a long-term, reliable tenant who will pay rent on time and can move in on specific dates


Fat-cat bonuses only in exceptional circumstances

Pirc said it supported getting rid of annual payouts unless an event has occurred worth of a bonus. And it claimed that long-term bonus schemes still pay out where there is failure.


KPMG comes under fire in Carillion audit probe

The Big Four auditor gave Carillion a clean bill of health in March 2017, but within ten months the Government contractors finances had deteriorated so much that it collapsed.


Hipgnosis wants to raise £250m for a spending spree

Hipgnosis, which bulk-buys songs and their copyrights, said the money would allow it to snap up another 50 music catalogues.


Canadian group gunning to buy G4S asks to meet ministers

GardaWorld has written to Business Secretary Alok Sharma requesting a meeting to discuss the hostile takeover and underlining it has a long-term commitment to doing business in the UK.


Financier Lord Spencer leads £4m fintech fundraiser

The former Conservative party treasurer has led a £4.3m fundraise for Digital Debt Capital Markets, a London-based firm making it easier for companies to manage bond sales.


HSBC faces legal action over dirty cash claims

A cache of files released on Sunday night appeared to show it had continued to move money around for shady networks, even after raising the alarm over suspicious transactions.


Dutch back Unilevers UK headquarters move

Since its creation in 1930, the Anglo-Dutch group behind Dove soap and Marmite has had bases in London and Rotterdam. But under the plans, there would be just a single legal base in the UK.


MARKET REPORT Stocks fall over rail bailout

Ministers have agreed to extend state support for railways after the pandemic virtually wiped out ticket revenues as workers were advised to stay at home.


Shell wields axe as it moves away from oil to renewables

The oil major is looking at ways it can slash costs in the division, known as its upstream arm, by as much as 40 per cent. This would include cutting the day-to-day costs of operations, as well as reining in spending.


ALEX BRUMMER Government must help Rolls-Royce

There are a variety of options. It could become a cornerstone investorthrough a rights issue. It could also take policy steps. And It needs to put more cash behind the Tempest fighter project.


Second coronavirus wave fear engulfs markets

Business leaders pleaded with Boris Johnson for more support as fears of more lockdowns wiped £52billion off the value of Britains biggest firms. Stockmarkets across Europe were also hit.


Toyotas GR Super Sport 1,400bhp hypercar is revealed

The road-going model will share its design and parts with the TS050 racing machine that won the Le Mans 24 Hours art the weekend, using a similar 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol-hybrid powertrain.


Rolls-Royce shares plunge as it looks at raising up to £2.5bn

Rolls Royce is considering a raise of up to £2.5bn and theres speculation that the funds could come from sovereign wealth funds like Singapores GIC


Mini launches Paddy Hopkirk Edition to celebrate 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner

In the style of the historic rally winner, the edition model features the cars start number 37 on the driver and passenger doors and a single white bonnet stripe with the drivers signature.


SMALL CAP SHARE IDEAS Shanta Gold

Two years ago the Shanta share price was bumping along at ten year lows, as relations between the Tanzanian government and the mining industry soured.


Gold Amex I dont want to pay fee - where can I go next for Avios?

Despite its considerable travel benefits it is perhaps no wonder some may wish to ditch the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card when they have claimed all of the bonuses they can.


Cheapest energy tariffs - four of the top ten are renewable deals

Four of the 10 cheapest energy tariffs currently available are renewable, showing that going environmentally friendly no longer means paying over the odds, new research has revealed.


Superdry shares plunge as it reveals hefty losses

Superdry reported a 19.2% revenue drop as well as a pre-tax loss of £166.9m. The business said it had been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown


NS&I to make savage cuts to interest rates and Premium Bonds from November

There are fears that a recent recovery in savings rates could be thrown into reverse after National Savings & Investments today took a wrecking ball to its accounts this morning.


Banking in Britain Hounslow thriving due to ten bank branches

Banks claim branches are increasingly redundant. But the queues outside Hounslows branches reveals what is lost when face-to-face contact is snatched away.


Morning rush hour has fully returned, says traffic report

Analysis of congestion levels by the RAC found there has been a rise in traffic from 8am in Septemver, which has been caused by parents taking their children to school in their cars.


Is it worth joining my firms salary sacrifice scheme at age 62?

My company is in the process of starting salary pension exchange. I am 63 in December and my works pension finishes at 65, so is it worth joining? Steve Webb explains how salary sacrifice works...


How far ahead do you need to plan retirement? W

One in three older people leave retirement planning until two years before stopping work or dont prepare at all, new research has found.


Recovery in UK tourism outpaced global average last month

Activity in 13 of the 14 UK sectors tracked by Lloyds picked up faster than the international benchmark. But there are fears that the UKs recovery could stall this month amid fears of a second wave.


MAGGIE PAGANO Nvidia promises over Arm are meaningless

If the PM is serious about nurturing homegrown technology giants to rival those in the US and China, then he should stopthe takeover on national interest grounds and use Arm to build such a rival.


Brokers expecting clamour for shares in The Hut Group

Investment platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown have reported strong demand from customers. But as savers prepared to plough in, there was no sign of a new independent director at the firm.


Law firm considers more Covid insurance claims

Mishcon de Reya is considering whether to bring proceedings against Allianz, AIG, Aspen, Aviva, Axa, Chubb, Liberty, MS Amlin, Protector, RSA, QBE and Zurich.


President Trump gives blessing to TikTok deal

In a major U-turn, Trump said he was willing to approve a partnership between TikTok and US tech giant Oracle.


MPs to debate Arm sale as fears increase over US rules

MPs will discuss the deal after Daniel Zeichner, the Labour MP for Cambridge where Arm is headquartered, secured an adjournment debate.


TONY HETHERINGTON Why did VW let NHS nurse go without car?

I took out a Personal Contract Purchase lease and this was due to end in April. I gave notice of my decision to hand back the vehicle. But VW took £4,005 - the amount due to keep the car.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Eve Sleep a bet on miserable winter

The company is loss-making, but Eves management now has a better handle on costs, which should hopefully lead to profitability.


Casino boss 10pm curfew will hit night-time industries

Simon Thomas, chief of the Hippodrome in Londons West End, said casinos make half their revenue after 10pm, and a national curfew would force him to make substantial redundancies.


Could you get a long lost family fortune as TV shows claim?

Thousands each year enjoy a windfall thanks to the help of heir hunters and you could be one of them. Amy Fabris (pictured) was tracked down following her 72-year-old fathers death.


Xtra Factor star says put black icon on our banknotes

Crawford reveals she struggled to make ends meet and did not always have enough money for food while trying to break into the TV industry when in her 20s.


Cash in on the work at home winterwinners

Despite Boris Johnsons appeal for the nation to get back to the office, figures show that only six in ten workers travelled to work at some point last week. How can you profit from a work-from-home winter?


Rolls-Royce set to tap investors for £2.5bn cash boost

City sources said the FTSE100-listed jet engine maker is close to securing the funds from investors, possibly through a rights issue and placing.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Percy Pig will deliver for Ocado

At the moment, Ocados formula is a winning one. Internet grocery shopping is growing, and it is well-placed to take market share from rivals now it has capacity. Buy.


Fund tech revolution, Bank chief tells Chancellor

Haldane urged Rishi Sunak to draw up a new blueprint with a raft of measures, including tax incentives and access to finance to feed an appetite among firms to adopt new technology.


Taxman set to get new powers over bank details

New laws will allow the taxman to demand the information from banks with no need to ask a court or the taxpayer they are chasing.


Hedge fund triggers talk of William Hill sell-off

HG Vora Capital Management, a New York hedge fund founded by Parag Vora, has built a 5.1 per cent stake in the FTSE250 company.


Thousands of BA cabin crew vote to accept pay cuts

BA cabin crew based at Heathrow and Gatwick - along with baggage handlers at Heathrow - overwhelmingly voted in favour of pay deals negotiated between BA and trade unions.


Race to buy Asda could be decided this week

Private equity giants Apollo Global Management and rival Lone Star Funds have already tabled bids thought to value the business at about £6.5billion.


HAMISH MCRAE We must help young find jobs four our future

Most of us need skills that employers want. This could be the year to get them. None of this is easy. It is really important for individuals, of course, but also for the country.


Hounslow thriving due to ten bank branches

Banks claim branches are increasingly redundant. But the queues outside Hounslows branches reveals what is lost when face-to-face contact is snatched away.


Bag a profit by investing just the way you do your weekly shop

It can pay to keep costs low when there is no need to spend more - and then pay a little extra where expertise can add value.


Nvidia hits out at bid to block deal for tech giant Arm

The American software giant buying Britains biggest technology company is willing to make legally-binding commitments to keep its tax revenues in the UK, we can reveal.


Delay to get mortgage blamed on home working at banks

Sources said banks are failing to cope with a sharp rise in applications because so many staff are working from their kitchen tables.


Simon Dolan taking on Boris Johnson over coronavirus

Simon Dolan divides opinion. To the 250,000 supporters of his Keep Britain Free movement, hes a champion of small businesses devastated by ever-stricter lockdown restrictions.


Struggling to get mortgage? Try broker or small lender

Its mayhem in the mortgage market at the moment due to a paperwork backlog at banks and pent-up demand from the lockdown.


Could inflation plunge put dampener on your funds?

Experts are warning that the dramatic fall announced by the Office for National Statistics last week could have a sting in the tail for millions of stock market investors.


Classic 1977 Norton Commando still in its original shipping crate to be auctioned

The Norton Commando is already a highly-collectible vintage motorbike, but this 1977 example is unique as its never been unpacked after being shipped from the UK to a customer in Belgium 43 years ago.


Modern-living communities now come with schools, GPs, shops and bars 

Lakeview, just outside Keinton Mandeville deep in rural Somerset, appears to be the archetypal English village. But it is newly built. So why create a replica of a village when all around there is the real thing?


How the late Sir Terence Conran changed all our habitats

Sir Terence Conran - designer, furniture maker, entrepreneur, restaurateur - will be remembered for the chicken brick, the beanbag and for introducing the British to the duvet.


Mortgage holidays are ending soon but banks will still offer support to the most vulnerable

Taking a mortgage holiday could severely hamper your ability to refinance in future. Zane Groves of financial adviser firm Light Blue said If you dont need a mortgage break, dont take one.


China has stronghold on the lithium-ion battery supply chain as EV demand soars

A study claims the US and Europe are both well positioned to close the gap to China in the next five years, but warned that the UK could slip behind by 2025.


Smart speaker ownership rises - are they useful?

Ownership of smart speakers has rocketed across Europe in the last year and is predicted race ahead quickly in the near future. Consumer Trends takes a look.


Five businesses attempting to cut UK household plastic waste

What if you could save money, time and the planet buying more sustainable products? We look at businesses trying to help UK households cut down on waste.


Investors slam Pearson chief Andy Birds £7m windfall

Ahead of a meeting to approve his appointment yesterday, shareholders had complained of being held to ransom by Pearson and complained Birds pay package was far too generous.


10,000 jobs at risk if new Sizewell nuclear plant does not go ahead

As many as a third of workers would be laid off at some firms in the nuclear supply chain, mostly in high-skilled construction and engineering roles, says the Sizewell C Consortium.


Shares tank on fears of another lockdown within weeks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was seeing the start of a second wave of the pandemic as another 4,322 coronavirus cases and 27 deaths were reported in the UK.


Mining company Cornish Lithium planning to go public in next two years

Cornish Lithium said this week it had found globally significant deposits of the green metal that could create hundreds of jobs and revive the countys mining industry.


MARKET REPORT London Stock Exchange in black as FTSE suffers

The London Stock Exchange Groups £21bn takeover of data powerhouse Refinitiv inched closer after the bourse kicked off exclusive talks to sell off its Italian arm.


The next stock market Money spinner? Investors get excited over Hut

Savers will next week be able to buy shares in The Hut Group, which listed at a value of £5.4bn, and has made its founder Matthew Moulding (pictured with wife Jodie) a billionaire on paper.


Retail sales rise for fourth month as economy shows signs of recovery

Retail sales rose by 0.8 per cent in August, according to the Office for National Statistics, putting them 4 per cent above pre-pandemic levels. It was the fourth month of rising sales in a row.


ALEX BRUMMER Government must get its industrial policy in order

Not for the first time the Government has been caught unprepared over the future of the countrys most valuable tech enterprise - Cambridge-based Arm Holdings.


Nvidia boss promises guarantees on jobs if Arm takeover is approved 

Jensen Huang, 57, (pictured) has now promised to sign legally binding documents agreeing to preserve jobs. But he did not provide detail on what would be included in the agreement.


PUNT OF THE WEEK GoCo is behind the Gocompare price comparison

Listed on the main market, Gocos other brands include discount voucher site My Voucher Codes. Revenue was up by 9 per cent in the first half of the year - but profits fell 20 per cent to £6m.


Covid-hit Gemfields plunges to £50m loss

The Faberge owner and miner, which has counted celebrities such as actor Mila Kunis (pictured) among its ambassadors, said turnover had tumbled 83 per cent to £16m in the first six months of the year.


DIRECTOR DEALS Rightmove boss sells £1.1m of company shares 

Rightmove boss Peter Brooks-Johnson exercised the rights to more than 171,000 shares this week and sold them immediately after. The 47-year-old has been chief executive since 2017.


TRUST WATCH Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Trust

Managed by Charles Montanaro, who founded and owns the parent investment firm, Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Trust invests in small firms listed on the LSE and AIM.


What pension deadlines must you meet as you reach 55, 65 and 75?

Pension age deadlines are more fluid as older people have gained greater control over retirement dates and finances - but some birthdays are still markers for decisions and action.


How to make an offer and avoid overpaying for a property This is Money podcast

The stamp duty holiday and lockdown itchy feet have combined to make parts of the market a sellers one, so as a buyer what can you do to get a decent offer accepted?


How to invest to make a profit and improve the world? TiM podcast

Most personal investors are just ordinary people trying to grow their wealth over the long term - and like the population at large many of them care about the world around them.


Easyjet appoints Tui executive to be new finance chief

No start date has been given for Jarvis tenure, though Findlay has said he will leave the company once his contract expires in May 2021.


Easyjet appoints new finance chief as it expects major capacity drop

No start date has been given for Jarvis tenure, though Findlay has said he will leave the company once his contract expires in May 2021.


What do negative interest rates mean for savers and mortgage holders?

Britains savers could soon be charged to hold money with their banks after the Bank of England left itself wide open to setting interest rates negative for the first time.


LSE in exclusive talks with Frances Euronext over Borsa Italiana sale

The London Stock Exchange said it has entered exclusive talks with Frances Euronext after weighing up several offers for its Borsa Italiana.


The price is NOT right Home sellers warned against overpricing

Analysis from Rightmove has found that just one third of sellers who listed a property for sale but then had to reduce the asking price found a buyer between the months of May and September.


Womens state pension age ruling verdict from Ros Altmann

Former Pensions Minister Ros Altmann argues the Government may have misled many women and caused them hardship, but this may be due to maladministration rather than discrimination.


My abusive ex partner is threatening to sue me for half my flat

He is not allowed to contact me due to domestic abuse but is instead contacting my parents in an attempt to intimidate me.


Online scammers selling fake driving licences for £600

Those paying for the service are not issued with the fake licences as con artists make off with the funds and clients are unable to raise the issue with police over fears of prosecution.


Cheshire home of Keith Hopwood of Hermans Hermits is for sale for £1.75m

The Grade II listed property sits in 10 acres of land in Cheshire, and is on the market for £1.75m. It has been owned by the musician for more than three decades.


SSE incorrectly billed me and has now calculated refund wrongly too

Johanna Jordan, from St Andrews, Scotland, took her complaint to the Ombudsman after she spent over a year trying to get SSE to investigate her very high electric and gas bills.


Royal Mint could go a decade without making any 2p or £2 coins

Britains coin makers could go more than a decade without producing any new 2p or £2 coins after cash usage slumped over the last 10 years and the country handed back its old change.


Big store chains hope for Christmas cheer amid Covid chaos

John Lewis Partnership chairman Dame Sharon White said the festive season would be particularly important for its department stores and Waitrose supermarkets this year.


The Czech Sphinx becomes Sainsburys fourth largest shareholder 

Kretinsky, who is already the biggest shareholder in Royal Mail through his firm Vesa Equity, has built up a 3.05 per cent stake in the supermarket giant worth £130m.


ALEX BRUMMER Bailey dips into the toolbox at the Bank of England

The Bank of Englands response to lockdown was immediate and bears no resemblance to the financial crisis, when it was slow to cut rates and timid about quantitative easing.


MARKET REPORT Novacyt sales up tenfold amid battle to beat Covid

Being a fast mover in the battle to beat Covid has paid off for Novacyt, a biotechnology tiddler listed on AIM that few retail investors had heard of at the start of the year.


Bransons £300m Virgin blank cheque British tycoon to expand empire

Branson has proposed a so-called special purpose acquisition vehicle - or spac - that would hunt for attractive businesses that can be bought for bargain prices in the wake of the pandemic.


LSE mulls trio of bids for Borsa Italiana stock exchange

The LSE board met yesterday to discuss its options as it looks to sell bits of the business, including the Italian stock exchange, in order to gain approval from regulators for its merger with Refinitiv.


Fat-cat pay revolt hits Ryanair boss Michael OLeary

Around a third of voting shareholders refused to back a package that handed chief executive Michael OLeary £3.2m in the financial year that ended in March.


P&O cancels cruises for the whole of 2020 Customers to receive credit

All Caribbean cruises are cancelled until the end of January 2021. Sailings to and from Southampton are suspended until February 2021. The firm had already cancelled sailings until November 12.


Labour calls for ban on sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to be fast-tracked to 2030

Matthew Pennycook, Labours shadow minister for climate change, has written to transport minister, Grant Shapps, pushing for the current 2040 deadline to be accelerated by a decade.


M&G Recovery Fund manager Tom Dobell to leave after 20 years in charge

He will be replaced by the funds deputy manager Michael Stiasny, who has also spent 20 years at M&G and formerly headed the companys equity research team.


Smart meters may be used to switch off your electricity without warning or compensation 

A series of backdoor modifications to the Smart Energy Code have been proposed by officials and look set to pass into law by next spring.


NS&I to stop sending Premium Bond winnings as cheques

A quarter of Premium Bonds customers who still receive winnings through the post will have to provide bank details from December, as NS&I phases out prize cheques.


Shares are back in fashion but will the new wave of traders turn into investors?

If you wait long enough things come back into fashion. The moustache, UK garage and tight trousers are testament to that, now buying shares can be added too.


ALEX BRUMMER Tech fund raisings make it hard to see hype from reality

I was on assignment in the US in 2004 when Google floated and wrongly decided it couldnt succeed because it would be strangled by film makers, publishers and the recording industry.


Can you save on stamp duty by buying home with an annex?

One in eight British homes could soon have a granny flat or annex, according to a survey - and accountants Blick Rothenberg have revealed how it can mean a huge stamp duty saving.


Britons are keeping their cars longer than ever, says new report

Analysis of DVLA and DfT data shows that in 2019 there were 6.1m cars in the UK over 13 years old, approximately one-in-five of all vehicles on the road. In 1994, there were only 1.3m over that age.


The rise of the lockdown share trader

Alongside activities such as interior design, gardening and baking, more Britons have tapped into an undiscovered passion for investing in shares since lockdown.


Whats the best way to get an offer on a house accepted?

While a quarter of sellers would consider a reduction between 5 per cent to 10 per cent on asking price, around a third say they wouldnt accept a lower bid at all.


Airlines continue to trim schedules as consumer confidence wavers

Ryanair has chopped its capacity by 20 per cent whilst British Airways is also flying less than 30 per cent of its usual schedule.


HSBC launches welcome bonus meaning bank account switchers could earn £325

Customers willing to spend a few hours buried in banking paperwork could potentially earn themselves £325 in one-off switching bonuses, after HSBC became the latest to launch a switch bonus.


Outernet Global embarks on a £1bn revamp of historic Denmark St 

In the hit TV series Strike, fictional detective Cormoran Strike, has his office above the 12 Bar Club, a legendary venue on Denmark Street (pictured) off London Charing Cross.


Boeing hid design flaws in 737 Max that led to two deadly crashes

Two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes were the horrific culmination of engineering, mismanagement and oversight lapses that allowed the company to hide flaws, a report says.


Snowflake doubles in value within minutes of its stock market debut

The float eclipses Royalty Pharmas as the biggest of 2020, and underlines a rebound in US stock market listings after the pandemic prompted several companies to put their plans on ice.


MARKET REPORT Redrow and Galliford Try pledge to bring back dividends

When the pandemic reached its height and hammered construction businesses, Redrow and Galliford Try were among the slew of companies that suspended their payouts to save cash.


Hut Groups share price soars on stock market debut

Hut Group founder Founder Matthew Moulding (pictured with wife Jodie), became a billionaire yesterday after his online shopping empires value soared on its stock market debut.


Government could hasten approval of power station in Suffolk

Hitachi this week pulled out of plans to build a new power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, dealing a blow to the Governments nuclear plans and ramping up pressure to accelerate approving Sizewell.


ALEX BUMMER Tech fund raisings make it hard to see hype from reality

I was on assignment in the US in 2004 when Google floated and wrongly decided it couldnt succeed because it would be strangled by film makers, publishers and the recording industry.


China objects to Nvidias £30bn takeover of UK chip maker Arm

The Global Times newspaper - seen as a mouthpiece for Beijings Communist regime - said Nvidias purchase of the firm was disturbing and urged regulators to treat it with caution.


Vanguard LifeStrategy and other funds that spread risk easily

There is an option for cautious savers in search of a more generous return investing.


The £175,000 Portofino M is Ferraris new everyday supercar

The Portofina M is two cars in one a beautifully streamlined sporting berlinetta coupe and a rakish convertible drop-top combining the romance of the open road with the undoubted thrills.


Just 11 of 661 inflation-beating savings accounts offered by big banks

The low savings rates on offer from Britains biggest banks have been laid bare even more today, thanks to a sharp fall in the consumer prices index.


Mike Moke returns to UK market in very limited run for £24,000

Moke International, the British company that now owns the Moke trademark, has today revealed a limited run of upgraded versions in the UK, priced at £20,000 before taxes and delivery costs.


Bonds battle lifts interest Secure Trust now offering best buy of 1.25%

OakNorth Bank is raising its one-year bond to 1.23 per cent while Aldermore Bank has reappeared among the top pays with a rate of 1.2 per cent joining Allicia, Paragon and United Trust.


Quarter of parents leave their car engines idling outside schools

Some 62% of parents say they are more likely to drive their children due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could see air pollution levels increase.


Petition to find all women underpaid state pension

More than 1,600 people have already signed the petition, which urges the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out a full trawl covering older wives, widows and deceased women.


BUSINESS LIVE Inflation dives to 0.2%; Redrow profits slump 66%

Inflation plunged last month as the governments Eat Out scheme and tumbling air fares suppressed prices.


High Court judges order insurers to pay business interruption claims

Companies who were told they would not be able to claim on their insurance when lockdown hit in March were vindicated yesterday after two High Court judges ordered insurers to stump up.


IN THE MONEY BHP chief exec Mike Henry rakes in £4.7m in six months

The Canadian-born businessman took over from Andrew Mackenzie on January 1. Some £2.5m came from a performance-bonus arranged in 2015 when he headed BHPs coal division.


ALEX BRUMMER Insurers shameful attitude to Covid claims

Everyone who has had dealings with insurers knows how hard it can be to collect. That is partly because they have been so bruised down the decades by fraudulent and exaggerated claims.


Can US economic recovery save Donald Trump?

The pandemic delivered the deepest and swiftest American downturn in modern history in the first half of 2020 with unemployment soaring to 22 million and output plunging.


MARKET REPORT Investors climb aboard struggling First Group

The company, which racked up a £300m loss in the year to the end of March, said revenues from bus services bounced back faster than expected. But its trains have been largely empty.


Klarna climbs to top fintech ranking after being valued at £8bn

The payments firm, which lets shoppers on online sites buy up-front, and pay in instalments. has raised £500m in a funding round, and overtaken digital bank Revolut as Europes most valuable fintech outfit.


Bonds battle lifts interest Secure Trust now offering 1.25%

OakNorth Bank is raising its one-year bond to 1.23 per cent while Aldermore Bank has reappeared among the top pays with a rate of 1.2 per cent joining Allicia, Paragon and United Trust.


Is YOUR pension a sitting duck for scammers?

The pension industry is now warning that in the wake of pension freedoms reforms, savings worth £2.5 trillion are exposed to scammers because vital protections are not in place.


How the cyber scammers suck you in to steal your investments

The pandemic has seen a rise in scams targeted at investors looking to make their money go further. UK Finance says British savers lost £55.2m to such scams in the first half of 2020


Banks resort to sneaky tricks as they try to compete with NS&I

Banks and building societies have launched a host of accounts with sneaky catches in a bid to compete with the Governments savings arm, National Savings and Investments.


I took BA to court after it cancelled my return ticket without warning

Pam Watts (pictured) fell victim to the no-show rule which allows an airline to void and even re-sell a return ticket if a passenger misses the outbound flight on the same booking.


ASK TONY Cant afford to wait for a refund for our cancelled holiday

My boyfriend and I booked a holiday with Club Med to Bali in May, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19. We had already paid the £4,383 total bill, and have since been sent a credit note.


House sales frenzy Properties selling for well over the asking prices

Britains house buyers have gone bonkers as prices soar. Estate agents told Money Mail frantic buyers are battling over spacious family homes, coastal boltholes and rural retreats.


Try investing with LifeStrategy funds to beat those low savings rates

For many, the idea of investing is daunting at the best of times, particularly after the most dramatic market movements in years and when investment fraud is on the rise.


Book a holiday... through a resurrected Thomas Cook

While the sector has been ravaged by travel bans, the company founded 178 years ago has been bought by the Chinese company Fosun Tourism Group following its collapse last September.


MP urges action over sale of UK tech Arm to US rival Nvidia

Daniel Zeichner, the Labour MP for Cambridge, where Arm is based, said it was important to protect the 3,000 jobs there and said it must be exempted from US rules on where products can be exported.


BEN WILKINSON Something must be done to protect savers from scams

Scammers surely cannot believe their luck? A simple phone call is all it takes to steal a pension savers lifes work. Whats more pension firms and regulators dont have the power to intervene.


Ocado shares surge as M&S deal pays off

Ocado has been selling M&S goods on its website alongside its own since September 1 when a 20-year partnership with Waitrose came to an end. Shares have hit a record high of 2608p.


Hitachi axes plans for North Wales nuclear power plant

The Japanese industrial giant bought the site at Wylfa on Anglesey - an island off the north coast of Wales - eight years ago for some £700m. Discussions over funding were thought to be making headway.


On the Beach ditches ABTA membership following refund squabble and travellers take court action

On the Beach has resigned its ABTA membership following its refusal to refund travellers who refused to travel to Spain after the Government advised agains it


Top easy-access savings account now offered by Skipton BS not NS&I

There is a new name at the top of our savings tables for the first time in four months after the mutual launched a best buy easy-access account.


Electronic warfare equipment orders boost Chemrings profit forecast

Just over £450million in orders was received by the Romsey-based business, a 4 per cent rise on last year. It now believes annual operating profits will be between £47million and £53million.


Government dodges questions over women state pension debacle

Labour MPs pressed the Government to reveal the scale of its probe, how many women are being paid incorrectly and when they would all receive their money.


Aston Martin releases a £69k driving simulator for e-sports fans

Aston Martin has released its latest model, but it doesnt have wheels, a roof or doors- and the only engine you can use is a search engine. Called the AMR-CO1, its a driving simulator on a big budget.


Court rules on insurers over Covid business interruption claims

Todays ruling comes from a landmark case brought about by the Financial Conduct Authority, which sought to clarify the wordings of business interruption insurance policies.


Challenger energy supplier Bulb hikes prices for second time this year

The supplier - which has taken a lot of business from the Big Six energy firms in recent years - said customers will have to pay an extra £53 per year on average for electricity from Sunday 18 October.


Court to rule on insurers over Covid business interruption claims

The High Court is set to rule on whether insurers were right to deny claims from the hundreds of thousands of businesses that had to close their doors during lockdown.


Credit card availability bounces back for those with higher credit scores

Figures from the credit rating agency Experian found half of consumers who searched for a credit card last month were shown at least one they were guaranteed to get, up from 24% in July.


Why is Google making thousands of pounds from unauthorised debt adverts?

Google is still making thousands from unregulated firms posing as legitimate charities, nearly a year on from introducing new guidelines which it said would help end the practice.


Bank of Scotland facing court over shared appreciation mortgages

Law firm Teacher Stern has been locked in discussions with the Lloyds Banking Group-owned lender since 2016 in an attempt to negotiate compensation for customers.


Will I be able to go on a ski holiday in Europe this winter?

Crystal Ski Holidays, one of the largest booking platforms for winter sports trips, has said it has had to slash its entire ski chalet programme for the upcoming ski season due to the coronavirus.


Rightmove research shows rental hotspot shift as home counties and outer zones become more popular

Renters are increasingly seeking quieter lifestyles in the counties and outer city zones and are ditching inner-city living according to research by Rightmove


What are the best superfast broadband deals in my area?

More households are likely to be on the hunt for faster and more reliable internet deal, with an increased strain on their service thanks to working from home.


How do I spot a fake website selling items online?

Fraud experts warn consumers to do their research and avoid paying online sellers by bank transfer where possible, after a rise in scams targeting younger people over the last few months.


Deliveroo for fashion Toshi plots online clothes-buying revolution

Toshi founder Sojin Lee (pictured) has doubled the number of high-end brands offering the service to more than 50, and hopes to be delivering thousands of orders per month by early 2021.


Euronext bids to buy Borsa Italiana from the London Stock Exchange 

Euronext said it had finally submitted its long-rumoured proposal, partnering with Italys sovereign wealth fund CDP Equity and banking group Intesa Sanpaolo.


Rio Tinto urged to hire Australian boss after Aboriginal caves debacle

Jean-Sebastien Jacques was forced to quit last week following a backlash after the mining group blew up ancient caves in Pilbara, Western Australia, earlier this year.


Trump ally Larry Ellison ready to buy stake in US arm of Tik Tok

Oracle, chaired by Ellison (pictured) and was one of the few Silicon Valley firms to openly support Trump, has agreed a technical partnership with the social media firms Chinese owner Bytedance.


MARKET REPORT Pub chain Wetherspoons rocked by staff Covid infections

Wetherspoons revealed 66 employees had tested positive for coronavirus at 50 of its pubs. Of these, 28 have returned to work after a period of isolation. This is a fraction of its overall workforce of over 41,500.


BP backs petrol and diesel car sales ban

Bernard Looney (pictured), chief executive of the FTSE 100 energy major, said the ban can and should be brought in sooner than 2040 - the current target set by the Government.


Furious G4S fights back over Canadian rivals £3bn takeover bid

G4S stock soared more than 25 per cent after Garda World, the largest privately-owned security firm on earth, offered 190p a share for the London-listed firm and promised to turn it around.


Arms £30bn takeover by Nvidia will destroy its business model

Hermann Hauser (pictured), who co-founded the British tech business in 1999, said the firms neutrality would be put at risk and its sales could be restricted if Nvidia is allowed to buy it.


ALEX BRUMMER Canada plots a security coup with G4S

On the day when the future of British technology jewel ARM Holding is on the line, it is hard to get agitated by a Canadian bid for the scandal-prone outsourcing group G4S.


We test the new Rolls-Royce Ghost that was initially deemed TOO quiet

No matter if youre taking to the wheel of the new limo or kicking back in the rear and enjoying being driven by someone else, the Ghost is a car that delivers to all its well-heeled customers.


SMALL CAP IDEAS Gore Street Energy Storage Fund

Gore Street was the first specialist battery fund to be listed in London and plenty of progress has been made since its IPO in 2018.


Bigger homes in commuter towns are on trend as 34% of tenants demand more space outside city

Tenants are increasingly ditching big city living in favour of commuter towns and villages that offer homes with more bedrooms and gardens. Buyers are following this trend too


House prices to fall 14% next year, Cebr says

Economists at the the Centre for Economics and Business Research made the gloomy prediction that a slump will follow the current mini-boom.


I never married my late partner, so do I have any right to his pensions?

We decided wed get married this year. Of course, Covid 19 happened so all was put on hold and my partner died very unexpectedly in April.


What happens when a parent dies without a will?

People who make a will appoint one or more executors to apply for probate and divide up an estate, but where no one was selected to carry out this task it can lead to a power struggle.


UK and EU car makers warn of No Deal disaster

Tariffs would threaten the production of 3m EU- and UK-built vehicles over the next five years. This would mean losses of up to £84billion for the European automotive sector, and hit thousands of jobs.


Retail and hospitality businesses face rent bloodbath

The Governments ban on evictions ends on October 1, meaning legal action can then be taken to evict tenants from thousands of shops, restaurants, bars and pubs.


Ministers under pressure to intervene in £30bn Arm takeover

Tory figures are understood to be leaning on Business Secretary Alok Sharma (pictured) to ensure Arm remains at its base in Cambridge, preserving thousands of British jobs.


ALEX BRUMMER Britain leads Covid-19 fight

The fight attracts World War II metaphors. Out of chaos, ill preparation and retreat from Dunkirk, Britain triumphed. Extraordinary efforts by science and pharma aremaking that happen again.


Alex Cruz set to defend BA cost cuts before MPs

The Spaniard will go head-to-head with Huw Merriman, who chairs the Commons transport committee and has called for British Airways to be stripped of lucrative landing slots at Heathrow.


How do I invest in in technology stocks cheaply?

What can investors do if they still want to invest in technology, but dont want to pay over the odds? Are there cheaper alternatives? Here, we share some ideas for getting tech on the cheap.


TONY HETHERINGTON Do not pay for UK Corporate Portal directory

I received an email from UK Corporate Portal requesting details to register our business. I then received an invoice demanding £797. I am now being threatened with court action in Germany.


How do I find out if I have a child trust fund?

The funds were launched 15 years ago with every child born between September 1, 2002 and January 31, 2011 given a helping hand from the Government in the form of a voucher worth £250.


STOCKWATCH Is bad news looming as Luxor circles Reach?

Customers inevitably visited newsagents less regularly during lockdown and some businesses cut back their advertising budgets. Reach appears to have been hard hit by that.


Japanese giant Soft Bank set to offload ARM for $40bn

A deal to sell ARM - seen as the jewel in the crown of British technology - would be highly controversial.


Four ways to profit from investing in technology

What can investors do if they still want to invest in technology, but dont want to pay over the odds? Are there cheaper alternatives? Here, we share some ideas for getting tech on the cheap.


Should you trust a computer algorithmto run your portfolio?

Most algorithm-based funds in the UK are easier to fathom and have the advantage that they can be cheaper - in terms of annual charges - than traditional funds run by investment managers.


Crisis-torn Lebanese banks suffer High Court setback

Lawyers acting for Bilal Khalifeh, a UK resident with Lebanese nationality, persuaded the court that it has jurisdiction over Blom Bank of Beirut.


How to track down your child trust fund windfall

The funds were launched 15 years ago with every child born between September 1, 2002 and January 31, 2011 given a helping hand from the Government in the form of a voucher worth £250.


Skoot launches car share app with lifts from 57p

Skoot - launched by entrepreneur Greg Gormley this month - connects drivers with friends, family and workmates needing a lift.


Global car sales will not recover until 2025

In a new report it said the 27 per cent drop in worldwide car sales in the first half of this year had bottomed out and it expected a sharp rise in 2021.


Royal Mail sends short-sellers packing as shares surge

Short-sellers were forced to slash bets against the companys share price after the postal service revealed robust parcel deliveries. The shares have also been buoyed by speculation of a break-up.


Ryanair braced for pay rebellion over chiefs bonus

Shareholder advisory group ISS said it was difficult to justify the payout as Ryanair has used taxpayers money to furlough staff and has accessed a £600m loan from the Bank of England.


HAMISH MCRAE Deal or no deal Brexit doesnt really matter

Without the UK, the EU is down to about 17 per cent of the world economy and over the next 30 years it will fall to about 12 per cent. It is that other 88 per cent that the UK will have to focus on.


Ocado sales could top £2bn after M&S tie-up

Credit Suisse forecasts that the grocery delivery giant has increased sales by two thirds in the past three months to reach more than £600million. It said this could surprise some in the City.


Treasury summit offers glimmer of hope to retailers

Officials are understood to have spoken with senior retailers in recent days to assess the depth of the problem and whether Government action could have an impact.


Couples bike hire firm for kids gears up with £6m

Bike Club, which provides childrens bikes, charges customers a monthly subscription and has 15,000 for hire. James Symes and Alexandra Rico-Lloyd want to see that rise to 150,000.


TikTok set for 8.5m users as Britons shrug off China fears

The rise in users means the app, which is popular among younger people and embraced by celebrities like Amanda Holden, has reached more than one fifth of social network users here.


Asda swoop could deepen supermarket price war

The frontrunners to take control of Asda are Lone Star and Apollo Global Management, which have submitted bids thought to be around £6.5billion to buy a majority stake in the supermarket chain.


What happens to small firms when furlough ends?

While many small and medium enterprises are no doubt relieved to have survived, many now face new challenges. Mike Turner, boss of Bird and Blend, is about to embark on expansion plans.


Sir Rocco Forte wants Britain reopened for business

Sir Rocco has launched into a tirade against the Governments draconian lockdown, calls mandatory facemasks a bit of a nonsense and says the 14-day quarantine rules are a farce.


JUPITER US SMALLER COMPANIES Siddles seeks winners

Siddles is constantly searching for businesses where the share price has fallen - but which he believes are natural winners. He has managed the trust for nearly 20 years.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Associated British Foods look tasty

Closing at £19.39 on Friday, AB Foods shares trade on almost 17 forward earnings, with a dividend yield of 2.4 per cent. Positive news in early November could push them higher.


TONY HETHERINGTON Do not pay for trade directory

I received an email from UK Corporate Portal requesting details to register our business. I then received an invoice demanding £797. I am now being threatened with court action in Germany.


Coronavirus jobs bloodbath could be worse than 1980s

Before new social distancing curbs were announced last week the consensus among scores of analysts was that 8.5 per cent of the working age population would be jobless by the end of 2020.


JEFF PRESTRIDGE I feel like ditching my car over fines

They are nothing more than giant money-making rackets. Relax for one moment behind the wheel or temporarily get distracted and youll pay a heavy price. What is our country coming to?


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Genus still bringing home the bacon

Virus-resistant anything sounds like a good idea at the moment, and Genuss porkers are popular with the recovering Chinese market. The companys performance is testament to good leadership.


Apprentice star Linda Plant made millions after humble beginning

Businesswoman Plant doesnt bother to invest in a pension and only has limited investments in the stock market, preferring to put her money in property and her own ventures.


Money box junctions Stray into one and face £130 fine

Drivers who momentarily stop their car in one of these boxes risk being filmed by a camera and issued with a penalty charge notice for committing a moving traffic violation.


Britains 20 worst performing managed funds

Fund scrutineer Bestinvest, part of wealth manager Tilney, says an incredible 150 investment funds have consistently underperformed markets over the past three years.


Home sellers and buyers warned to act within weeks if they want to benefit from stamp duty holiday

Property sellers need to market their home by the end of September if they want to get the transaction in before the 31 March 2021 stamp duty deadline, according to NAEA Propertymark.


Homeworking opens up parts of the UK that offer real property bargains

The acceptable daily commute has always been 60 to 90 minutes. But what if you only have to make that trek twice a week? It means you can live further from your work and get more for your money.


Laps of luxury Homes close to water have never been more in demand

Fran Moynihan, of Savills estate agents, reports a 936 per cent increase in buyers looking for waterside homes between June to September this year compared with the same period last year.


City councils suffer a £40million Covid-19 parking fine black hole

New figures have revealed that the largest UK cities pocketed just £16.6million from parking fines in the height of lockdown between April and June, with revenues falling 71% year-on-year.


One in 10 workers freeze pension saving during Covid-19 crisis

Pausing contributions can blow a hole in retirement pots, with a 30-year-old earning £30,000 standing to lose more than £45,000 by opting out of pension auto enrolment for three years.


The UKs most unreliable car is a VOLVO

Volvo is synonymous with making safe cars but its biggest model, the Volvo XC90, is the least reliable model, a comprehensive report says


Struggling Aviva selling Singapore arm for £1.6bn

The insurance group will be bought by a consortium led by Singapore Life, with private equity firm TPG becoming its largest shareholder. Blanc is trying to refocus Aviva on more profitable divisions.


Two people arrested over suspected £70,000 furlough fraud

HMRC officials raided homes in Romford and Walthamstow, London, on Thursday where an accountant and a company director were arrested.


Heathrow boss Quarantine roulette is wrecking Britain

John Holland-Kaye accused the Government of playing quarantine roulette and blamed the introduction of restrictions at short notice for wiping out this years summer holidays.


JPMorgan staff returning to Londons business districts

In a conference call, senior executives outlined plans to get JPMorgans top managers in sales and trading back to their desks in Londons Canary Wharf and Manhattan in New York.


Supermarket Ocado enjoying another blockbuster year

Shares in the business doubled in 2018, rose more than 60 per cent in 2019 and are up around 80 per cent so far this year.


Deloittes UK audit operations to have standalone board

Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY, the worlds Big Four accounting firms, have been told by regulator, the Financial Reporting Council, to submit plans by October 23 to ring-fence their UK audit arms.


Tesla tumble shows its time for caution, but not panic

The events this week have highlighted the risk of investing and the need to spread your risks, as too many learnt to their cost at the time of dot.com debacle.


MARKET REPORT Royal Mail rally delights shareholders

Despite a string of problems facing the company, from a slump in letter deliveries to a battle with unions over modernisation, the stock now has something of a spring in its step.


Hipgnosis snaps up music catalogue of Chrissie Hynde

The song funds latest deal will see it add all 164 of Hyndes published songs, including Brass In Pocket, Ill Stand By You and Dont Get Me Wrong, to its 13,000-strong library of hits.


The Hut Group faces backlash over £50m pay chief

The revelation that Dominic Murphy, a former partner at private equity giant KKR, would be chairing The Huts remuneration committee set heads shaking yet again.


ALEX BRUMMER UK economy displays its resilience

Chancellor Rishi Sunaks mid-to-late Novemberbudget ought to be about tax incentives foremployment and research and development, not higher wealth and corporation taxes.


Shamed Rio Tinto boss axed in Aboriginal mining scandal

Jean-Sebastien Jacques, who has racked up more than £17m in pay and perks during his four years at the helm, was ditched as the mining giant faced a mounting backlash over the scandal.


Could you fall victim to lockdown fraud? This is Money podcast

Cases are up 43% in lockdown, according to Action Fraud, and a victim loses £8,000 of their savings in average every minute. Dont let it happen to you.


SMALL CAP MOVERS IPOs set to continue into the winter

Coppa Club and Tavolino owner Various Eateries this week announced plans to float on the junior market, hoping to raise up to £25million to capitalise on the crisis in the hospitality industry.


Lockdown trend sees the wealthy make their country boltholes home

While wealthy homeowners traditonally had their main home in London and a countryside place for weekends - they are now turning this on its head, says Savills.


Less than half of switching customers properly refunded by energy suppliers

Customers have been left waiting for months to get their money back, according to data from Which?, with just six per cent receiving the compensation they should for the late arrival.


Landlord warns rule of six means a long and painful winter for pubs

Ed Anderson, 45, a publican with three pubs in Cheltenham and 25 years of experience in the industry is worried about the sectors survival prospects this year amid stricter gathering rules.


Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth predicted to sell for close to £100,000

The 1987 Fast Ford is estimated to sell for £85,000 - a price that will rise to almost £100,000 when you include the auction fees. But there are question marks about the valuation of the 80s icon...


Buyers with a 10 per cent deposit have one day to secure a mortgage from TSB

TSB is the latest bank to offer small deposit mortgages for a limited time, with its 90 per cent loan-to-value deal open to applications today until 5pm only.


Sell in May and go away investors would have lost out in 2020

Though global markets took a beating earlier this year, much of the losses suffered have since been reclaimed - and in some countries, notably the US, shares are up.


Kings of long-term investing? Sectors and regions where investment trusts have outperformed funds

The average investment trust returned 157 per cent over 10 years and 372 per cent over 20 years, while open-ended funds earned 99 per cent and 150 per cent over the same periods.


Starling becomes the first British bank to charge customers interest on savings

Starling is the first British bank to introduce negative interest rates for personal current account customers, although only for those who hold money in euros.


UKs first electric car forecourt in Essex nears completion

The first forecourt is currently in construction at a 2.5-acre site adjacent to Great Notley, just off the A131, with links to Stansted Airport, Chelmsford, Colchester and the M11 motorway.


A third of homes are multi-generational with granny flats becoming popular

A third of UK homes are now multi-generational, mainly due to adult children living with their parents, new research has revealed.


British banker Jane Fraser is First Lady of Wall Street

Fraser - who described pursuing a career while bringing up children as the toughest thing I have ever had to do - will make history as she becomes the first woman to lead one of Americas top banks.


MARKET REPORT Games Workshop soars after hammering the forecasts

The retailer, which makes models and figurines that can be collected and painted, said sales in the three months to August hit £90m, compared with £78m in the same period of last year.


Former Tesco boss Terry Leahy a big winners in £5.4bn Hut float

According to documents filed to the stock market last night, the former Tesco boss owns 17m shares in the online retailer. That stake will be worth £85m when the Hut lists its shares in London.


BA cabin crew face crunch vote over whether to accept pay cuts

BA owner IAG yesterday revealed it is laying off up to 13,000 staff - 1,000 more than it had warned of previously. It said that 8,236 jobs have already been cut at Britains flag carrier.


ALEX BRUMMER Hut float flouts the rules

In order to secure ownership of properties, including the luxury Spa Resort in Cheshire, Matt Moulding (pictured), family and associates have taken out a £100m loan from Barclays.


Mr Sushi serves up a fast food revolution at Itsu

Itsu boss Julian Metcalfe believes the threat of  Covid-19 has been blown out of all proportion


Rio Tinto boss expected to be shown the door following crisis talks

Jean-Sebastien Jacques (pictured) has been facing calls to resign for several weeks after Rio was criticised for bungling its response to the crisis. However, it is not yet clear when he will go.


Morrisons posts best sales figures for 16 years

Retail sales at Morrisons in the six months to August 2 were 11.1 per cent higher than in the same period last year as business boomed during lockdown. But profits at the group fell 25.3 per cent to £148m.


BP spends £850m on 50% American wind farms as it battles to go green

The oil major has signed an £850m deal with Norways Equinor (who is also behind the Arkona wind farm in the Baltic, pictured) as it seeks to become a green energy producer.


Petrol and diesel cars could be made £1,500 more expensive to fund electric

A report, published by the Department for Transport this week, said funds generated by the additional cost could be used to subsidise battery vehicles.


We take to the wheel of Audis new £80,000 e-tron Sportback electric SUV

Adding electric power to an already hefty SUV has its own complexities. However, Audi has decided to add sportiness to the equation for its latest plug-in model, which costs a whopping £70,000.


The 2002 Jordan F1 car that could cost as little as £150,000

Its original 3.0-litre V10 engine has been ripped out and replaced with a motor from a Formula 3000 car. It is just one of two Jordan Honda EJ12 chassis know to be in existence today.


Flat in Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggys former HQ is for sale

The one-bedroom flat in Londons Henson Building is for sale for £550,000.


HALF of final salary pension transfers have tell-tale scam signs

Savers looking to ditch final salary pensions could be at heightened risk of moving to suspicious schemes during the coronavirus pandemic.


Why do I have to tell my insurer about subsidence from 10 years ago?

I had a minor case of subsidence at my home 10 years ago that was resolved then. However, I still have to pay a large amount for my insurance.


Games Workshop announces higher than expected summer sales

The Nottingham-based manufacturer said its sales were around £90million between June and August compared to £78million over the same period last year.


Which shares could do well in a Thelma & Louise Brexit strategy?

An Internal Market Bill was introduced in Parliament today concerning the customs and trade rules affecting Northern Ireland.


Which shares could do well from a Thelma & Louise Brexit strategy?

An Internal Market Bill was introduced in Parliament today concerning the customs and trade rules affecting Northern Ireland.


The new lockdown limits could knock a V-shaped recovery for six

The new rules on no social gatherings of more than six people are likely to not just prove hugely unpopular but also severely hamper consumer confidence.


Online sales at Dixons Carphone triple during lockdown

Even after the company reopened its stores, online sales have remained over twice as high than at the same point a year ago.


South Western Railway customers face strike compensation deadline

For 27 days from 2 December, SWR embarked on Britains longest rail strike in history, hitting millions of commuters relying on its trains running in and out of London and beyond.


New property investment aims to help house the homeless and deliver a 7.5% return

Home, a real estate investment trust which will float on the London Stock Exchange later this month, wants to raise £250million to acquire a portfolio of suitable property.


Working from home could see energy bills soar by £107 per household this winter

Employees no longer working from the office could see their bills rocket to a total of £1.9billion nationwide, due to the increased use of heating and lighting, according to data from Energy Helpline.


1,200 year old Anglo-Saxon coin could sell for record £80,000 at auction

The penny, found by a treasure hunter in Pevensey, East Sussex, during a hailstorm six years ago, will be sold off by London auction house Spink next Tuesday, one of 32 dating back to 700.


Fears surface for first-time buyers as lenders pull low-deposit mortgage deals

First Direct became the latest lender to stop lending to borrowers with just a 10 per cent deposit, following HSBC which pulled its deals late last week.


Virtually all parts of Britain are now seeing prices increase

Some property experts insist the future outlook for prices remains uncertain and could unravel once the true economic toll of the pandemic starts to bite later this year


French fashion giant LVMH pulls out of £12.4bn takeover of Tiffany

The French government told LVMH to delay the deal, the largest ever takeover in the sector, as part of a trade war sparked by Donald Trumps threats to put tariffs on Frances luxury sector.


Aquis Exchange boss plans to make it easier for firms to go public

For Alasdair Haynes (pictured), the founder and chief executive of the Aquis Exchange, it is the perfect time to build Britains next top stock exchange to rival to the London Stock Exchange.


Tesla boss Musk loses £12.6bn in just one day as shares slip 21%

Elon Musk, 49, who recently became a father for the seventh time with pop star Grimes, clawed back some of those losses last night as Tesla stock rose around 8 per cent.


ALEX BRUMMER Heartless Rio Tinto starts a scrap Down Under

Rio Tinto is no stranger to ethical problems. It currently is involved in tussles from the Gobi desert in Mongolia to Guinea in Africa, where it has been embroiled in bribery allegations.


Vegan baker boss sells 9% stake for £6.4m after reporting rising sales

Sukh Chamdal, who is also chief executive, sold 3.75m shares, equivalent to a 9.3 per cent stake, after investors asked him to diversify the share register.


Fury after Rio Tinto destroys 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave shelters

The FTSE 100 mining giants board met overnight in Australia to determine whether chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques (pictured) and other senior figures should be sacked.


MARKET REPORT Rule of six policy spells more gloom for the FTSE 250

The mid-cap index fell for a second day as traders digested the news that crowds of more than six people meeting will be banned in England from Monday, to slow the spreading coronavirus.


More than 125,000 High Street jobs axed in first eight months of 2020

The pandemic has also led to 14,000 shops shutting, the Centre for Retail Research said. It thinks job losses will climb to 235,700 this year, and store closures will reach 20,620.


These are the electric cars with the longest quoted ranges

Today marks World EV Day, which is being used by the car industry and rule makers to announce new measures and campaigns to promote electric cars. But which EVs can go the furthest?


Is Teslas share price plunge a buying opportunity or warning?

It doesnt matter how good a company is, if its shares rise too much too quickly there will be some degree of profit taking and fallback in price.


Quiz keeping 15 stores permanently closed

The retailer, which specialises in dressy clothes, was hit hard by enforced temporary store closures during lockdown and saw its sales slump 77 per cent to £13m in the five months to 31 August.


City of London Police Commissioner Fraud now Britains most common crime

In the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were more than 2,500 reports to Action Fraud and losses exceeded £8 million, mostly in online fraud.


Insurer launches T-plate for young motorists with telematics policies

The plate, which will look similar to a learners L plate or P plates displaeyed by recently-qualified motorists, will indicate to others that the car is fitted with a black box monitoring the driver.


What happened when we challenged hackers to break into our phones and emails

Hackers are exploiting the pandemic to launch cyber-attacks on some of the UKs biggest companies. Firms distracted by the crisis are more vulnerable than ever.


13 tricks used to con victims as scams quadruple over lockdown

Fraud victims are losing at least £11.5m a day as scammers cash in on coronavirus. Alarmingly, the true figure is thought to be nearer £77m a day as only a fraction of all fraud is officially reported.


We drive Aston Martins £3.3m Goldfinger DB5 with 007 gadgets

Looking and feeling as smug as any wannabe super-agent, I was at the wheel of the very first Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car of which just 25 are being built.


MARKET REPORT BP and Shell plummet as oil drops on Covid fears

Fears are mounting that a rise in coronavirus cases around the world including in the UK and US as well as parts of Europe and India - could hold back the global economic recovery and dent demand for fuel.


Tonic? Not really. Fever-Tree revenues plummet as shut pubs hit sales

Revenues at Fever-Tree, led by chief executive Tim Warrilow (pictured), fell by 11 per cent to £104.2m but it raised its interim dividend by 4 per cent to 5.41p a share. Shares rose 1.3 per cent.


Former G4S directors charged with fraud over tagging scandal

Richard Morris, the former managing director of G4S Care and Justice Services, and two ex-directors of its electronic monitoring business, Mark Preston and James Jardine, face seven fraud charges.


BA owner hit by bonus row as investors back £2.5bn IAG fundraising 

More than 20 per cent of IAG investors who voted rejected its remuneration report, which included an £883,000 bonus for departing boss Willie Walsh, taking his pay for 2019 to £3.2m.


JD Sports withholds rent on its UK stores as it battles with landlords

JD Sports is continuing its battle with landlords, despite its half-year sales barely being touched by the pandemic. Revenues dipped just 6.5 per cent in the six months to August 1.


ALEX BRUMMER British Airways fights the headwinds

BA owner IAGs new chief executive Luis Gallego, who takes over the pilots seat from Willie Walsh in the wake of an investor revolt, has a weighty journey ahead.


Royal Mail tells unions to modernise or die

Chairman Keith Williams is spearheading a battle to turn around the 500 year old postal service after the coronavirus crisis accelerated the shift away from letters to parcels.


Tesla shares down 33% from last weeks high

The electric car makers stock dipped below $336 from $500 a few days ago. US tech giants including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Zoom and Google owner Alphabet were also hit.


Business leaders plead with ministers to extend emergency measures

The Institute of Directors wants Chancellor Rishi Sunak to stop the jobs crisis from escalating after it emerged that UK companies planned to lay off more than 300,000 staff in June and July.


Lloyds bank rapped over Bounce Back loans scheme

Lloyds was rebuked by the Competition and Markets Authority for bundling - making 30,000 customers open a fee-paying account when all they wanted was a Government-backed Bounce Back loan.


Join the FRAUD FIGHTBACK Losses to scams have quadrupled in lockdown

Fraud victims are losing at least £11.5m a day as scammers cash in on coronavirus. Alarmingly, the true figure is thought to be nearer £77m a day as only a fraction of all fraud is officially reported.


Hack attack! We challenged cyber firm to hack our phones and emails

Hackers are exploiting the pandemic to launch cyber-attacks on some of the UKs biggest companies. Firms distracted by the crisis are more vulnerable than ever.


Been a victim of fraud? Heres our guide to getting your money back

We routinely hear from desperate fraud victims who have been denied a refund. Here, we explain all the tips and tricks we have learned that will help you fight your corner if this happens to you.


Fraud is now Britains most common crime, says City of London Police

While the internet has brought a wealth of opportunities, it has also allowed fraud to flourish the criminal can target people across the world, yet never have to look a victim in the eye.


VICTORIA BISCHOFF Help the police turn the tables on fraud

Fraudsters are running rings around us. As fast as one dodgy website is taken down, another ten pop up. If we make our accounts more secure, they find an even more ingenious way to break in.


ASK TONY I was hit with a £900 bill from E.ONs not-so smart meter

I changed to energy supplier E.ON in August 2019 and took up its offer of a smart meter. I think it installed the dumbest one they had in stock. From the word go, the in house display has not worked.


So will you have to wait longer for your private pension?

Currently savers can access their private pension at 55 - ten years before their state pension. However new rules will force anyone now aged 47 or younger to wait an additional two years.


Decline in vehicle journeys in lockdown did NOT reduce emissions of toxic particles

Study by University of Stirling found that harmful particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions remained consistent during the first month of lockdown, despite a 65% fall in traffic on Scotlands roads.


Midas share tips Triple Point Social Housing has proved itself resilient

The group specialises in supported housing, providing homes for vulnerable people with special needs, such as autism, learning difficulties or physical impairments.


Civitas Social Housing has seen its share price rise 11% in three years 

Bigger and more established than Triple Point, the group has a nationwide portfolio of more than 600 sites catering for 4,200 people.


Could now be an ideal time to invest in artwork?

One of the biggest investment winners in the recent past has been contemporary art. Over the past five years, the most collectable pieces have risen substantially.


Which were the cheapest and most expensive supermarkets last moth?

Aldi beat all of Britains other major supermarkets to come in first place on pricing for the 74 products in question, followed by fellow German discounter Lidl and rival Asda, according to Which?


How rural areas can get faster broadband

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was launched with the aim of increasing coverage across the UK, especially in the countryside.


Halfords enjoys a roofbox-led recovery as staycations lift sales in August

Sales in its cycling division soared by 59 per cent on a like-for-like basis in the 20 weeks to August 21, thanks to demand for e-bikes and scooters jumping by 230 per cent.


Does Japan still pose an investment opportunity after Abenomics?

As with any major political event, many were concerned about Abes resignation on Japan, but this is particularly the case for such a shareholder-friendly leader.


How to give your pension a post-coronavirus check up

As the government prepares to turn off the furlough taps and withdraw its other coronavirus support schemes, perhaps it might be time to start thinking about your finances again.


There are 2.5 million clocked cars and vans on UK roads

Rapid Car Check reviewed 7m vehicles and their mileage against MOT records and found that 6.3% had discrepancies. With almost 40m motors on the road, it means 2.4m could be clocked.


Working from home completely will NOT be the new normal

The Cebr says around a quarter will work at home on any given day in future, as employers and employees take advantage of the flexibility with which we have become familiar.


Halifax will close its £100 switch offer a week early but you can still snap it up

Consumers after money for switching bank accounts have until midnight tonight to take advantage of one of the most generous offers around.


Im meant to get a third of my exs pension, so where do I stand?

My ex-husband contacted me recently because he intends to take advantage of the change in UK pension law, to allow him to withdraw 25% now and the balance in monthly or yearly payments.


A new insurance scam was uncovered every 5 minutes in 2019

A new scam was uncovered every five minutes, equating to 300 fraudulent claims, and just over 2,000 false applications being detected every day, according to the ABI.


Schools re-opening tipped to kick-start a return to the office

Think tank the Centre for Economic and Business Research estimates 1.5m mothers and fathers have been working at home, mainly because of the need to look after school-age children.


MARKET REPORT Pharma giants boosted as Covid-19 vaccine hopes grow

Astrazeneca struck a deal with Australian group CSL, which will make 3.8m doses of its potential vaccine for the Australian government. The vaccine is being developed with Oxford University.


ALEX BRUMMER Division over BTs future

British Telecom chief exec Philip Jansen (pictured), after a dazzling career in private equity and at fintech firm Worldpay, is acutely aware that shareholder patience is stretched.


Red lights flash as online health and beauty retailer Hut plots float

The Hut Group founder Matthew Moulding (pictured) is taking on both the chief executive and chairman roles - a direct breach of the UKs Corporate Governance code


Thomas Cook set to return as an online-only travel agent

As airlines and tour operators battle for survival, conglomerate and investment firm, Fosun, plans to bring back the holiday company as an online travel agent, a year after its demise.


Brexit tension hits pound Sterling tumbles towards $1.31 and €1.11

Speaking on the eve of the next round of negotiations with Brussels, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set a five-week deadline to strike a free-trade deal with the European Union.


Dacia reveals new look, budget-friendly Sandero supermini 

The Sandero has been Britains cheapest new car since it launched in 2013. Priced from £6,995, its the most affordable new motor on the market today. But changes for 2021 could see the cost rise.


Dacia reveals the new look for its budget-friendly Sandero supermini 

The Sandero has been Britains cheapest new car since it launched in 2013. Priced from £6,995, its the most affordable new motor on the market today. But changes for 2021 could see the cost rise.


Would you pay £500 a month for Clive Woodward to help your start-up?

Former England Rugby player and coach Sir Clive Woodward will be kicking off a DNA of a Champion virtual course for small businesses tomorrow.


Sporting legend Sir Clive Woodward to run interactive course to help UK tech start-ups

Rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward will run a live and interactive course with online-learning platform Sales Impact Academy, to address the high failure rate of UK tech-start ups, kicking off 8 September.


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SMALL CAP IDEAS Blackbird sees the contracts flying in

This period of isolation has proved a remarkable leveller for the challenger, which was built for the sort of remote use that has been forced on the population at large.


Pret boss plans to follow customers and sell food and coffee in supermarkets

Pret A Manger chief executive Pano Christou says Pret cannot simply wait for offices to fill up again the company has to change - not its customers.


Family BS savings lottery with better odds of £50k than Premium Bonds

Family Building Society has brought back its Windfall Bond savings account and upped the number of monthly prizes to 21.


Best current accounts Top five bank accounts for switching with rewards

How hard does your bank account work for you? Heres our pick of the best accounts to make your money work harder, cut down on fees, or get free stuff.


Interactive Investor scraps monthly income drawdown fee

Investing platform Interactive Investor has announced plans to scrap and change a number of costs from its investment and Sipp service.


Will I inherit my late husbands state pension? Steve Webb replies

I am 64 and dont get my state pension until I am 66. Will I be entitled to my late husbands state pension or have I been cheated out of that the way I have been cheated out of my state pension?


What does Tesla and Apples stock split mean for investors?

I understand Tesla and Apple have had a stock split which is aimed at making it easier to invest. How does this work though?


Natwest and Barclays limit how much they will lend to homebuyers

Barclays has limited loans to just 4.49 times someones income - down from five-and-a-half times previously. NatWest also quietly reduced the amount some customers can borrow.


Primark expects sales to reach £2BN by the end of the year

The cheap fashion group beat its sales expectations in the last quarter amid reassuring and encouraging signs that shoppers still have an appetite for inexpensive fast fashion.


small businesses new coronavirus lockdown fear

A poll of more than 500 small companies by insurance group Simply Business found 17 per cent believe they would have to stop trading in that scenario.


Britons spend again...on staying in and eating out

In an early sign that the economy is rebounding, in the middle of July spending even surpassed the same period of last year by 5 per cent. Much of the money spent still revolved around the home.


AIM dividends to fall by at least a third this year

Shareholders will receive its £873m in payouts, according to estimates from Link Group. This is down 34 per cent from a record 2019, when junior market investors were given £1.33billion.


Mortgage blow as banks apply loans squeeze

Barclays has limited loans to just 4.49 times someones income - down from five-and-a-half times previously. NatWest also quietly reduced the amount some customers can borrow.


RUTH SUNDERLAND Aviation needs a huge lift

The Governments abject failure to get the planes flying again is devastating for our aerospace manufacturing industry and will kybosh ambitions to be an open, free-trading economy post-Brexit.


Eye hospital firms focus on a sale

City sources said Eight Roads Ventures - a private equity fund backed by Fidelity - is working with advisers from William Blair on a potential sale of Optegra.


John Lewis may put Waitrose in its iconic Peter Jones store

The strategic review of the iconic London shop is part of a wider overhaul of John Lewis stores and website which is being driven by the recently arrived chair Sharon White.


STOCK WATCH Owzat! Rose Bowls Ageas becomes a takeover target

Listed Belgian insurance giant Ageas that sponsors the home of Hampshire cricket in Southampton - the Rose Bowl - could once again be a takeover target.


Harold Tillman steps up legal battle over Jaeger collapse

The former owner of fashion chain Jaeger has escalated his bitter legal battle against Lloyds Bank and one of Britains best known financiers.


Pret A Manger boss plans to sell food and coffee beans in supermarkets

Pret A Manger chief executive Pano Christou says Pret cannot simply wait for offices to fill up again the company has to change - not its customers.


HAMISH MCRAE Post-Brexit Britain must stay a magnet for talent

Hong Kong citizens are coming to the rescue of the London property market - and they are coming here to live, not just to buy properties as an investment.


Now algorithm for US gets UKs £31bn tax gap all wrong

Revenue & Customs is now working on major changes to the calculation which could see the figures altered radically - up or down.


Debenhams chief Our top stores may face axe

Mark Gifford said that he was lobbying Whitehall at every single level to head off a town centre crisis that would be likely to see swathes of the West End of London and other major cities boarded up.


Landlords reject New Look rescue plan

The 450-store chain, with more than 10,000 staff, has asked landlords to switch to controversial turnover-linked rent contracts.


Pubs and restaurants help economy grow by 6% in July

Growth figures due out on Friday are likely to confirm the economys rollercoaster ride this year - with a violent swing into and out of a deep slump.


Morrisons fires gun on recession price war

Morrisons will cut prices by an average of 23 per cent on 400 products, including fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, bread, breakfast cereal, rice, toilet rolls and cleaning products.


Nightclubs are next for a jobs purge as the industry faces collapse

Deltic Group, Britains biggest nightclub operator, has launched a consultation to slash 402 roles ahead of crisis talks with the Government on Monday.


Bosses must make it easier to run our own pensions

A report published today calls for employers to provide greater assistance to those workers who want to transfer their defined benefit pension plan into a scheme that they can manage themselves.


How did it take three months to get back the £50,000 I had invested in Premium Bonds?

Easy access was important to my wife Helen and me, as we had earmarked our hard-earned £50,000 nest egg for a more permanent home in an equity-based investment bond.


jEFF PRESTRIDGE Rishis next dish is likely to be a little less tasty

It now seems inevitable that Sunaks forthcoming Budget will be more painful on our pockets than we ever thought possible in the wake of the Conservative partys Election victory.


Fund boss I protect my investors the way I climb a mountain

JO Hambro Capital Managements Christopher Lees manages £1.4billion investment fund JOHCM Global Select in such a way that he tilts the probability of success in favour of investors


The town that lost ALL of its six banks in four years

Brydie Taylor (pictured) wanted to open a savings account for her one-year-old son Onyx but found that all the banks in Ware were gone.


Over-75s may STILL be able to claim a free TV licence

Many elderly people will be initially contacted via post this month informing them they have to pay the full licence fee from the start of last month.


We need to fight back against bank branch closures

The devastating loss of banking services in Ware reflects a plague sweeping across the nation - which all communities must now fight against.


Will Buffetts $6 bn bet help boost Japans stock market?

Although President Abe will not go until his successor is appointed, the stock market was not initially impressed by his impending departure, falling sharply in response.


Motor insurers criticised for not passing savings from low number of claims onto drivers 

Critics have said the savings made by insurers should have been passed on to customers, most of whom have not driven much, if at all, during the pandemic.


The 10 new 2020 cars that lose most value after three years

Weve listed the 10 cars to steer clear of if you dont want to see the value of a vehicle plummet as soon as you drive it off a dealers forecourt.


Why you may have to be 60 to access your pension pot in future

The Government confirmed that from 2028 the age at which people can access their pension money will rise from 55 to 57 - but it may go higher still.


US tech giant shares hammered in as sell-off continues

The tech-dominated Nasdaq, which has soared this year amid companies from Amazon to Zoom cashing in on the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, fell another 2.5 per cent in New York.


Debenhams warning over deserted citycentre stores

Chairman Mark Gifford said his firm needed to see a strong recovery to keep stores in Edinburgh, Leeds and central London open long-term.


Construction sector suffers setback as growth stalls

The industry saw growth slow down last month as firms warned of a lack of work. The IHS Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers index hit a reading of 54.6 last month, compared to 58.1 in July.


Morrisons to post double-digit quarterly sales growth

The Bradford-based grocer, founded in 1899, was the only Big Four supermarket to increase its market share in the three months to the start of August, according to data from Kantar.


ALEX BRUMMER Row explodes at miner Rio Tinto

When the miner slashed the financial rewards of key executives over the destruction of ancient Aboriginal rock shelters, it hoped it would be the end of the matter. That has not proven to be the case.


Bank of England More stimulus for Covid-hit economy

The Bank has already cut interest rates to a record low and ramped up its money-printing programme. Michael Saunders considered it likely additional monetary easing will be appropriate.


Private equity tycoon to scoop £50m in Hut float

Dominic Murphy is one of a string of City big-hitters set for a significant windfall from the online retailers £4.5billion stock market listing.


Technology stocks hammered in day two of sell-off

The tech-dominated Nasdaq, which has soared this year amid companies from Amazon to Zoom cashing in on the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, fell another 2.5 per cent in New York.


New IAG chief executive flies into eye of the storm

Spaniard Luis Gallego succeeds Willie Walsh as chief executive of the British Airways owner at the annual meeting in Madrid on Tuesday.


London Capital & Finance scandal 13 sued, including ex-minister

Almost 12,000 investors lost £237m when LCF went bust in January 2019. It sold savers mini-bonds and promised their money would be invested in low-risk loans that would deliver steady returns.


MARKET REPORT Builders tumble over watchdog threat

The Competition and Markets Authority is investigating Barratt Developments, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Countryside Properties over the sale of rip-off leasehold homes.


Is it worth keeping BT shares now dividend has been scrapped?

If you are an existing investor, it may be worth waiting round. Buying the shares in the hope of a bid may require the kind of patience that broadband customers have had to learn during lockdown.


Whats behind the UK property and US shares lockdown mini-booms? TiM podcast

On this weeks podcast, we look at the parallels and differences between the British and American national obsessions of the property market and stock market.


BUSINESS CLOSE Persimmon and three other housebuilders face probe

The FTSE 100 index closed down 0.88 per cent or 51.78 points to 5,799.08, while the US markets are also down again today.


Aston Martin reveals one-of-a-kind £2m Victor hypercar

The Victor has been created by Aston Martins Bond-inspired Q division and uses a 7.3-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine that produces 836bhp and comes with a manual gearbox.


SMALL CAP MOVERS Sound Energy drops after Morocco slaps refuted $14m tax bill

Just over two months ago, the junior upstream company raised £2.75million reaching a cash balance of £4.2million, at the time estimated to last until next March.


This is Moneys Fantasy Share Picking Game Play to win £28k of prizes

This is Moneys Fantasy Share Picking Game is back for a second year and we are offering readers the chance to win £28,000 worth of prizes.


Ineos Grenadier almost certain to be built in France, not Wales

He said a deal to build the 4X4 at an ex-Daimler factory in Hambach, France, is pretty much decided, dealing a huge blow to Bridgend, Wales, where the car was due to be produced.


Buyers warned about hidden costs of purchasing a property

A survey by property website Zoopla suggested that 39 per cent of buyers last year were stung by hidden costs.


BUSINESS LIVE Persimmon and three other housebuilders face probe

The FTSE 100 got out on the wrong side of bed this morning, down around 0.89 per cent or 52.12 points to 5,798.74, after closing at 5,850.86 last night.


BUSINESS LIVE Persimmon and three other major housebuilders facing probe

The FTSE 100 got out on the wrong side of bed this morning, down around 0.89 per cent or 52.12 points to 5,798.74, after closing at 5,850.86 last night.


How to watch as much football on TV as possible for the cheapest price? 

The football season is officially soon-to-be-back, with the League Cup starting this weekend and top flight action returning on Saturday 12 September.


Why wont Yodel pay for damage caused by delivery driver?

A frustrated Doctor was left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after a Yodel delivery driver crashed into a wall attached to her property, causing significant damage.


Kickstart Scheme How does it work and is it any good?

The Kickstart scheme has launched this week amid much fanfare from the DWP and Treasury. But it has caused confusion and some small business owners have labeled the process unfair


VW reveals its smallest campervan yet with a pull-out micro kitchen

The Caddy California, revealed by the German car manufacturer today, is designed for holidaying couples, featuring just the one double bed that folds out over the rear seats.


I bought a faulty hot tub from eBay, can I get my money back?

I bought a Lay-Z-Spa Maldives tub in mid-June for £1,425 on eBay, with an advertised 24-month warranty. The two LED lights which came with it didnt work, but my claim has been rejected.


Britons say 2035 deadline to switch to electric cars is too soon

A nationwide survey by the UKs motor trade body found that 44% of drivers dont think theyll be ready to run an EV in 2035, with many of them saying they cant see themselves ever owning a battery car.


Melrose set to make sweeping job cuts at GKN

The company is already in talks with unions and staff to make a significant reduction to the divisions 18,550-strong worldwide workforce.


Energy regulator hands SSE £2m fine for power plant error

Ofgem punished the provider for failing to publish information that is likely to have pushed up wholesale electricity costs.


Shares in troubled Capita jump as suitors eye firm

City sources told us that CVC was weighing up a bid for the outsourcer, which collects the TV licence fee for the BBC and runs the charging system behind Londons congestion zone.


Jet2 prices must remain enticing to holidaymakers

Dart Group said winter 2020-21 bookings have yet to match capacity cuts, although bookings for summer 2021 are encouraging.


John Lewis signs Stella McCartney for post lockdown chic

The department store chain is adding 30 labels to jump on lockdown trends for more casual clothing to wear at home.


ALEX BRUMMER Hut Groups float fails fitness test

With a stellar cast of characters behind The Hut, as cornerstone investors, advisers or book runners, they might have done a better job in tidying up the loose ends before bringing it to market.


Magic of silver screen will survive, says boss of Vue

Tim Richards has had a white-knuckle ride to equal anything on his super-size screens, as the pandemic threatened to destroy the business he has built over two decades.


Big battalion investors back Hut Group flotation

The online retailer confirmed that it will go ahead with its blockbuster listing in what could easily be the UKs biggest initial public offering this year.


Ocado staff wait for home delivery of M&S Percy Pig sweets

The online grocer has temporarily suspended deliveries to its staff as it works its way through a backlog of orders. A surge in demand on the first day of the M&S delivery deal has caused the delay.


GlaxoSmithKline begins coronavirus vaccine trials

The early-stage study will evaluate how safe the vaccine is and what kind of immune response it triggers in 440 healthy adults tested at 11 sites across the US.


MARKET REPORT UK investors hit byUS tech stock sell-off

On Wall Street shares in tech giants including Tesla, Apple, Amazon and star newcomer Zoom fell by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent last night as traders decided to take their money and run.


Revolution Bars sees sales rise 188% thanks to Chancellors discount scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has given the group a major boost, after it previously told investors it expected sales to reach just over half of last years in the worst-case scenario.


Can I claim a free Google Nest Mini from Spotify?

If youre a Spotify premium customer, you may be disappointed to learn youve missed out on a freebie - households could claim a Google Nest Mini for nothing.


Its reward time! Lidl launches its first ever loyalty app

Every week, shoppers using Lidls new app will also get new single-use coupons to use on their next shop, with some discounts of up to 25 per cent on selected products.


First versions of VWs £36,000 ID.3 electric car land in the UK

First editions of the ID.3 hatchback have driven off a container ship at Grimsby Port this week, which will be prepped for delivery to customers later this month.


BUSINESS LIVE FTSE 100 on the rise; Melrose warns of GKN job cuts

FTSE 100-listed Melrose suffered a £560million loss in the first half of the year, which is considerably more than the £131million loss seen at the same point a year ago.


We reveal the restaurants extending the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

A large number of restaurants have also decided to continue with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout September to continue encouraging customers to have a meal out.


How a Metro Bank customer lost £26,000 in a two-step sophisticated scam

A Metro Bank customer lost £26,000 after a fraudster took advantage of compromised card details to scam him twice in what the bank described as a sophisticated social engineering scam.


Engineer who lost his job thanks to Covid is now helping others as a Morrisons delivery driver

Last week, Ray Youngs LinkedIn post about losing his job as an engineer due to Covid-19 and finding happiness as a Morrisons delivery driver went viral. This is Money spoke to him to find out more.


Policyholders to check with insurers about working from home cover

Home and contents policyholders have been encouraged to check their insurer will cover them for working at home for the rest of 2020.


The US stock market and UK property market defy economic gravity

The average UK house price is up £8,000 in the six months since just before lockdown, while US shares are at a record high. How and why is this happening?


MARKET REPORT Computacenter rallies to record high in tech boom

Shares in the FTSE 250-listed group rose to a record after it said demand for its products and services was so high in July and August that its annual results will be even better than expected.


ALEX BRUMMER Tourisms darkest hour

A new United Nations report shows that if the closure of air routes and tourism were to last eight months then the output loss to the world economy would be £1.65 trillion, or 2.8 per cent of the total.


Top fund cashes in £13bn of Tesla shares

The Edinburgh-based investment management firm has cashed in a chunk of its shares in the electric car maker, generating estimated profits of around £13bn in just eight months.


Women first dating app Bumble eyes £6bn New York float early next year

Bumble is looking at listing on the New York Stock Exchange early next year, according to reports. It would be the latest in a string of technology floats over the last couple of years.


Switzerlands financial watchdog to probe Credit Suisse spying scandal

Credit Suisse became embroiled in a spying affair last year,after it emerged individuals at the bank had authorised investigators to track the former wealth management and human resources bosses.


Ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now worlds richest woman

Mackenzie Scott, who divorced Bezos last year, is now worth £50.4bn. That makes her worth more than LOreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, whose fortune totals £49.6bn.


Private equity giant CVC plots bid for TV licence collector Capita

But CVC, one of Europes largest private equity businesses which has previously owned Legoland operator Merlin Entertainments, could face competition from a rival predator.


More strain for plane makers as Qatar delays order for new jets

Qatar Airways has struck a deal with plane maker Airbus to delay the delivery of new aircraft, after the coronavirus pandemic triggered a slump in global air travel that is expected to last for several years.


Fashion boost for the NHS as Burberry lands £573,000 PPE contract

The retailer had previously announced it would donate 100,000 items to medical staff back in April and was singled out for praise by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.


Covid plunges Australia into recession for first time in 30 years

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the countrys economy shrank 7 per cent in the three months to the end of June having contracted by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter.


Ladbrokes faces EU inquiry into Belgium virtual betting operation

The European Commission said it opened the probe after rival gaming operators complained in March 2019 that Ladbrokes exclusive right amounted to unfair state aid.


ThankU tipping app eyes expansion

Businesses which heavily rely on tipping can apply to get a ThankU microchip which sits in a discreet blue blob on a table, in a wristband, or even in a pair of cufflinks.


High Court signs off on Virgin Atlantic £1.2bn private rescue

At a remote court hearing on Wednesday, Mr Justice Snowden sanctioned the restructuring plan - a key step of the process for Virgin Atlantic to implement the rescue package.


Barratt boss David Thomas hails surging house sales

David Thomas, chief exec of Barratt Developments, insisted the rally in the property market has further to run, claiming sales are bouncing back faster than expected after the lockdown was lifted.


BUSINESS CLOSE FTSE climbs; House prices swell to all-time high

The Footsie has reclaimed 78 points today after hitting its lowest level in three months yesterday, partly helped by a weaker pound. The FTSE 100 index closed 1.35 per cent higher at 5,940.95.


Is Britains house price boom destined to be short-lived?

Nationwide today published a slew of upbeat data in its latest house price index, suggesting prices have reached an all-time high and rose at the fastest pace since February 2004 last month.


HSBC axes 90% mortgages hitting first-time buyers

One of the only banks to offer 10 per cent deposit mortgages has pulled them, leaving just tens of such deals on offer compared to almost 800 before the pandemic.


Mercedes S-Class will be one of the first cars to offer hands-free UK driving

The luxury limousine has a feature called Drive Pilot, which will allow for automated driving on UK motorways if the new rules are passed.


Monzo will charge customers to withdraw more than £250 from ATMs

Monzo is set to become the first major UK bank to charge its customers to make withdrawals from a cash machine, amid fears Britain is increasingly going cashless.


Best bank accounts RBS follows Halifax and offers £100 bribe to open an account

Out of 19 banks, RBS ranked 18th for overall service and bottom for its branches in the survey. The cash is available to new and existing customers until November 19.


Grab a fixed rate savings deal before they go Banks now offering over 1%

One-year fixed savings rates have crept up above 1 per cent in recent weeks. Competition has improved slightly because savers know they can earn 1.15 per cent with National Savings & Investments.


Santander to extend branch openings by two hours from next week

Branches will be open from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Monday to Friday as of September 7. The bank had restricted its weekday hours to 10am until 3pm due to the pandemic.


BUSINESS LIVE House prices swell to all-time high

Annual house price growth jumped to 3.7 per cent last month from 1.5% in July. Across the country, the average price of a home stood at £224,123 in August, Nationwide said.


Taxpayer to keep GWR on the rails

Now First Group, which runs GWR trains from London to the likes of Oxford and Penzance, is asking for Government help to continue for at least another ten months.


VICTORIA BISCHOFF Last orders for service

The pub was probably the thing that I missed most during lockdown. A swift half with colleagues, a mid-week vino with friends, a Saturday afternoon in a beer garden… I felt lost without it.


Governments smart meter roll out hit by lockdown

Only 135,000 smart meters were installed between April and June, down from 980,000 in the first three months of the year, according to Government figures.


ASK TONY Fraudsters claiming to be from Amazon bullied me out of £4k

I received a call to say an Amazon Prime subscription was to be renewed. I told them that I did not want Amazon Prime. Then I was passed to a man who said I was due a rebate.


Tricks to save on your clicks £3 in every £10 is now spent online

Online shopping is booming, with £3 in every £10 now spent on the internet. But how can you be sure you are getting the best possible deal? Here we share eight tricks to help you bag a bargain.


Beware property funds that can keep your cash PRISONER

A slew of funds were suspended when the pandemic hit because of uncertainty in the property market. Experts predict investors may be forced to wait until next year to access their money.


Offsetting your mortgage will save you more than youd earn with banks

An offset deal is where you stash your savings with the same bank or building society you have your mortgage with and use the money to reduce how much interest you pay.


Wrong to deny refunds for cancelled school trips, watchdog rules 

In June, we revealed how one junior rugby team from Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, was battling for a £30,000 refund after its trip to Orlando, in Florida, U.S., was cancelled.


The shops who dont want your money if you try to pay in cash

We have been flooded with emails and letters from readers who say they had to walk out of shops empty-handed after being told they are no longer allowed to use cash.


Santander extends branch opening hours

Branches will be open from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Monday to Friday as of September 7. The bank had restricted its weekday hours to 10am until 3pm due to the pandemic.


Female stock pickers have done better than men this year

A number of senior women in UK financial services made their name in fund management, including Dame Helena Morrissey (pictured), Nichola Pease and Nicola Horlick.


RBS offers £100 bribe to open a bank account

Out of 19 banks, RBS ranked 18th for overall service and bottom for its branches in the survey. The cash is available to new and existing customers until November 19.


MARKET REPORT ITV loses the plot as it drops out of FTSE 100 

The Im A Celebrity broadcaster will be relegated to the FTSE 250 in a reshuffle later this month after its stock closed down 6 per cent, or 3.66p, to 57.06p - valuing it at £2.3bn.


Wizz Air will create 5,000 jobs if it lands extra slots at Gatwick

Chief executive Jozsef Varadi is pressing for more take-off and landing slots to be taken away from larger airlines if they are not able to use them due to the coronavirus crisis.


Savers trapped in frozen property funds until 2021

Experts are predicting that open-ended property funds, which were suspended in March as the coronavirus crisis rocked the property market, may not be unfrozen for several more months.


Ann Summers cracks whip over shop rents

The lingerie chain said it would resort to an insolvency procedure known as a company voluntary arrangement to cut its costs if landlords did not agree to reduced rents based on turnover.


The Zoom BOOM Company now bigger than HSBC and Lloyds put together 

Yesterday shares in Zoom soared by 35 per cent after it revealed profits had rocketed by more than 3,000 per cent between May and July. This added over £20bn to its value.


ALEX BRUMMER Trumps gift for sterling

The recent surge of the pound against the dollar barely has been noticed. Slowly but surely, at $1.34 in latest trading, it is creeping back to levels not seen since before the Brexit referendum.


Astra seals deal to mass produce its Covid jab, as it begins US trials

The FTSE 100 drugs firm will pay gene therapy group Oxford Biomedica £15m up front to scale up manufacturing capacity of the vaccine, as it hopes to win fast-track approval in the US.


Grab a fixed rate deal before they go Banks now offering over 1%

One-year fixed savings rates have crept up above 1 per cent in recent weeks. Competition has improved slightly because savers know they can earn 1.15 per cent with National Savings & Investments.


Insurers who say terminally ill are not sick enough to get a payout 

Grandfather of seven Peter Bull, 66, (pictured) who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, is unlikely ever to receive his £150,000 payout from Aviva after his claim was rejected.


BUSINESS CLOSE FTSE slips as the pound climbs above $1.34

The Footsie finished deep in the red as a mixture of a firmer pound and a poor performance from banking and energy stocks has hurt the index.


Saga is saved as former owner invests £100m to shore up finances and returns to board

The markets have favoured Sir Roger De Haans return to the Saga board and his £100m investment boost which is set to shore up the finances of the business impacted by Covid-19


DVLA announces a further extension to driving licences to 11 MONTHS

Drivers whose existing pink plastic licences were due to expire between 1 February and 31 December 2020 will automatically have 11 months added to their cards expiration dates.


New 70 registration mark for arrives and debuts EV green number plates

Brand new zero-emission electric vehicles ordered this month will likely be the first to feature a green strip on their number plates, which is designed to boost the profile of battery-powered cars.


Rolls-Royce unveils its almost silent £250,000 Ghost

The Ghost has been Rolls-Royces best-selling model since it launched in 2009. Now theres a new version, and the British brand promises a near-silent ride for its understated millionaire clients.


Rolls-Royce unveils its almost silent £250,000 Ghost

The Ghost has been Rolls-Royces best-selling model since it launched in 2009. Now theres a new version, and the British brand promises a near-silent ride for its understated millionaire clients.


Could NS&I cut savings rates after another record month of Premium Bond buys?

Every month of record buys takes NS&I closer to its fundraising target for the whole of 2020-21, requiring it to make the decision as to whether to once again increase the £35bn fundraising goal.


BUSINESS LIVE ITV set to drop out of the FTSE 100; Dunelm sales jump; STV slumps to a loss

Broadcaster ITV  is set to be relegated from the FTSE 100 in todays reshuffle after its shares suffered from the drop in advertising spend since the pandemic took hold. 


Can you get universal credit if you receive a pension? Steve Webb replies

I am struggling to understand why she cant get a subsistence payment to cover mortgage/rent, food and basic living needs? Does the government want her to be homeless and out of work?


Top 10 affordable locations for first time buyers revealed

With lenders tightening up their criteria and scrapping a string of high loan-to-value deals, many face an uphill struggle getting a foot on the property ladder in the current climate.


Lockdown bloom time at Freddies Flowers as customer numbers surge 73%

The flower delivery companys founder Freddie Garland (pictured) said customers had bought flowers more often and that the average order rate grew by 25 per cent compared with last year.


Lockdown bloom time at Freddies Flowers as customer numbers surge 73%

The flower delivery companys founder Freddie Garland (pictured) said customers had bought flowers more often and that the average order rate grew by 25 per cent compared with last year.


ALEX BRUMMER Woodford victims braced for another paltry payout

Former investors in Neil Woodfords LF Equity Income Fund will shortly receive notification that a third wind-up payment has arrived or will soon be credited to their bank or investment account.


Amigo board rejects proposals by founder saying his return would be materially detrimental

The fight between Amigo Loans and founder James Benamor increased this week following the boards rejection of Benemors recommendations to turn the business around


Borrowers seeing credit card deals dwindle

The number of credit card deals offering interest-free balance transfers has tumbled to a record low of 54. The fall will hit customers particularly hard as the UK endures its first recession in 11 years.


Bunzl boosted by demand for masks and gloves

Known for making small acquisitions aimed at growing specific parts of its business over the years, the outsourcer also announced it had entered into deals to buy MCR Safety and Abco Kovex.


Pearson names Disneys former boss as chief executive

The educational publisher has turned to Andy Bird to guide the company through its move to become a digital-first business. Bird will take up the position later in the autumn.


Pearson names Disneys former boss as chief executive

The educational publisher has turned to Andy Bird to guide the company through its move to become a digital-first business. Bird will take up the position later in the autumn.


Hipgnosis snaps up Robert RZA Diggs tunes

Under the deal, Robert RZA Diggs (pictured) has sold 50 per cent of his copyright and royalties for a catalogue of 814 songs. Diggs co-wrote and produced almost all of the bands albums


ALEX BRUMMER We must keep telecoms British

Jan Du Plessis and Philip Jansen, both of whom have form for selling great companies to the highest bidder, should not be allowed to defenestrate BT.


Hipgnosis snaps up Robert RZA Diggs tunes

Under the deal, Robert RZA Diggs (pictured) has sold 50 per cent of his copyright and royalties for a catalogue of 814 songs. Diggs co-wrote and produced almost all of the bands albums


Rio Tinto cuts bonuses for destruction of Aboriginal site

The worlds biggest iron ore miner - whose shares are listed on the FTSE 100 index in London - blew up the two ancient caves in Pilbara, Western Australia in May to make way for a new mine.


MARKET REPORT Benamor ramps up battle for Amigo

In a blog posted on Friday night, Benamor set out a series of proposals including his own return to the troubled lender as chief executive.


Eurostars launch date for London-to-Amsterdam service

Rail passengers will be able to travel directly from the capital to the Dutch city from the end of October, the rail company said.


MARKET REPORT Benamor ramps up battle for Amigo

In a blog posted on Friday night, Benamor set out a series of proposals including his own return to the troubled lender as chief executive.


Pub chain Wetherspoons warns over slump in sales

The pub chain told investors that equivalent bar and food sales in the 44 days to August 16 were 16.9 per cent lower than in the same period last year.


Just one in five British women knows their pension is invested in the stock market

Just a fifth of women in the UK are aware that their pension savings are invested in the stock market, the hargreaves Lansdown survey reveals.


Life insurance for over 60s What are your options?

Our life insurance policies both mature in 2029 and have no renewal options. A new policy is too expensive - what options do we have?


Just one in five British women knows their pension is invested in the stock market

Just a fifth of women in the UK are aware that their pension savings are invested in the stock market, the hargreaves Lansdown survey reveals.


What different savings challenges are there and are they any good?

Many Britons have managed to squirrel away extra cash during lockdown, perhaps saving on commuting costs, going out and memberships they no longer needed.


The Aussie mining minnow with a focus on gold, silver and zinc NQ Minerals

Small cap company NQ Minerals, which mines gold, zinc and silver offers investors plenty of appeal


Survey finds hybrids cars are more reliable than petrol and diesel models

For many drivers, the next car they buy will be the last petrol or diesel-powered model before the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles are banned in 2035. Hybrids are most likely to last the decade.


BT shares bounce as predators prepareto swoop

After closing 7.1 per cent up yesterday, the shares continued their rally with a rise of 2.25p or 2 per cent to 111.25p as traders sensed an opportunity.


Metro Bank joins current account competition with £50 refer a friend bonus

Existing customers of the bank and up to five friends can each earn £50 if they open an account and switch through the Current Account Switch Service.


Metro Bank joins current account competition with £50 refer a friend bonus

Existing customers of the bank and up to five friends can each earn £50 if they open an account and switch through the Current Account Switch Service.


Catalytic converter thefts from parked cars rose 600% in 2019

Thefts of catalytic converters from the underside of cars in 2019 rose to 13,000 reported cases in England and Wales - up from 2,000 the year previous, according to a new investigation.


Virgin Atlantic faces anxious wait over £1.2bn rescue plan

Like other airlines, Virgin has been impacted by the pandemic. It faces an anxious wait now on a £1.2billion rescue deal


British software giant Aveva snaps-up American data company Osisoft for £3.8bn

Aveva, an engineering and industrial software giant, has bought American business Osisoft to accelerate digital transformation in the industrial world


Show the red card to pension scammers Clive Tyldesley fronts new campaign

Men in their 50s, who are the average victim of pension scammers, are being urged to show them the red card by the veteran voice of football commentary.


Show the red card to pension scammers Clive Tyldesley fronts new campaign

Men in their 50s, who are the average victim of pension scammers, are being urged to show them the red card by the veteran voice of football commentary.


MARKET REPORT DFS recovers some Covid losses

Strong demand in the past six weeks handed it £70m in revenue, a year-on-year jump of 40 per cent. DFS culled jobs last month after lockdown forced it to pause furniture deliveries.


Virgin Atlantic creditors vote to approve £1.2bn bailout

The airline, which is closing its Gatwick airport base and cutting 3,550 jobs, said that shareholders, banks, aircraft owners and suppliers owed money had backed the plan.


MARKET REPORT DFS recovers some Covid losses

Strong demand in the past six weeks handed it £70m in revenue, a year-on-year jump of 40 per cent. DFS culled jobs last month after lockdown forced it to pause furniture deliveries.


Virgin Atlantic creditors vote to approve £1.2bn bailout

The airline, which is closing its Gatwick airport base and cutting 3,550 jobs, said that shareholders, banks, aircraft owners and suppliers owed money had backed the plan.


City of London hollowed out by home working

Steven Fine, the boss of Peel Hunt, said he is angry to see financial firms encouraging their staff to stay at home while leaving the Square Mile like a ghost town.


Will BTs pension black hole scupper the vulture funds?

The firms mammoth pension scheme deficit, estimated to be about £9billion, is seen as a key risk for anyone mounting a takeover. This is because a buyer could be forced to plug the vast hole.


London Capital & Finance directors face court showdown

LCF, which sold investors mini-bonds and promised their money would be invested in low-risk loans to small companies, collapsed last year owing 12,000 savers £237m.


Appledore shipyard to reopen after being rescued in £7m deal

The historic site near Bideford in Devon has been bought by Infrastrata, the company that owns the Harland & Wolff yard in Belfast where the Titanic was built.


Co-op Bank axing 18 branches and slashing 350 jobs

The loss-making lender blamed the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, as it said the job cuts would affect branch staff, middle managers and head office workers.


Melody VR agrees to buy music-streaming platform Napster

London-listed Melody VR, which specialises in virtual reality experiences of live music events, is taking over US group Rhapsody International, known as Napster.


Aveva is Britains most valuable software firm

The firm, which makes computer programmes used to design oil rigs, ships and nuclear power stations, is buying data company Osisoft.


Land Rover launches new cabin air system that promises to block emissions

The technology filters out small particulates and purify and recirculate air within the cabin in order to ensure the air customers breathe inside the vehicle is purer and cleaner than the air outside.


Land Rover launches new cabin air system that promises to block emissions

The technology filters out small particulates and purify and recirculate air within the cabin in order to ensure the air customers breathe inside the vehicle is purer and cleaner than the air outside.


ALEX BRUMMER Cambridge-based Aveva shows ambition

A substantial bid by a listed British companyhappens so rarely that it isa matter for celebration.The £3.8billion Aveva acquisition of industrial software groupOsisoft fits the bill.


James Fisher and Sons paying £4m dividend

The FTSE 250 company, which provides products and services to the marine, oil and gas industry worldwide, will pay investors 8p a share for the first half of the year.


First teenagers to get their hands on freebie child trust fund cash from next month

They will be the first to get their hands on Child Trust Fund cash given to them when they were born. Emily Fletcher (pictured) plans to keep her money invested when her child trust fund matures.


VICTORIA BISCHOFF End Covid-19 blame game

I got a scam call claiming to be from PayPal. What is worrying is how difficult it is to contact the company. Firms need to stop treating the pandemic as if its some sort of GetOut Of Jail Free card.


Sub-prime lender Provident Financial will repay furlough cash

The group, which runs Vanquis Bank and Moneyfarm, said the loss was better than it had been expecting given the potential impact of Covid-19 on its business.


Sub-prime lender Provident Financial will repay furlough cash

The group, which runs Vanquis Bank and Moneyfarm, said the loss was better than it had been expecting given the potential impact of Covid-19 on its business.


Proof that Covid cowardice is killing a nation of shopkeepers

Dean Hooke (pictured) says office workers account for at least 80 per cent of the customers at his firm John W. Hooke & Son. His takings are down by the same margin on their pre-pandemic levels.


E-scooters to swarm Milton Keynes as first full-scale rental trial kicks off

Users will pay £1 via a smartphone app to unlock the machines and 20p a minute after that but can only use them on designated routes - and not on any roads with speed limits above 30mph.


Apple and Tesla shares could jump by a THIRD over the next year, analysis suggests

Apple will issue existing shareholders with an additional four shares for every one they own while Teslas shareholders will receive a five-to-one stock split.


Some 400 job cuts at Minis Plant Oxford due to fall in demand for new cars

The 400 cuts will be agency personnel employed by Gi Group, of which there are 950 staff at the factory which employs some 4,000 people in total.


Mark Carney set to join Brookfield Asset Management

Carney will be vice-chairman at the investment firm, which manages more than £400billion of savers money. He will act as the head of its environmental, social and governance investing.


Crisis-hit new look demands landlords cut rents to zero

The brand published proposals for a controversial restructuring programme which will slash rents and pave the way to shrinking its debt.


Software boss takes aim at Silicon Valley in £15bn float

Palantir, preparing to float on the New York Stock Exchange, claims to be different to the engineering elite of Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2003 by the Paypal tycoon Peter Thiel and others.


MARKET REPORT ITV fights for place in FTSE 100

The Love Island broadcasters advertising revenue has slumped as companies have slashed marketing budgets to ride out the coronavirus storm.


Restaurants chain D&D is hit by stay athome workers

In a further sign of the damage the working from home culture is having on the economy, it said central London has been our toughest market with the Square Mile suffering badly.


Restaurants chain D&D is hit by stay athome workers

In a further sign of the damage the working from home culture is having on the economy, it said central London has been our toughest market with the Square Mile suffering badly.


Global stocks set records thanks to tech boom

Demand for tech shares and fresh hopes for a vaccine pushed the MSCI World Index, a major international benchmark, above the previous high reached before the Covid-19 outbreak.


Global stocks set records thanks to tech boom

Demand for tech shares and fresh hopes for a vaccine pushed the MSCI World Index, a major international benchmark, above the previous high reached before the Covid-19 outbreak.


US officials blast HSBC over Hong Kong clampdown

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, alleged the lender was maintaining bank accounts for sanctioned officials but cutting off those seeking freedom.


Why does carers allowance stop at state pension age?

I am still a carer for my husband, but no longer get carers allowance because Im now receiving my state pension. What difference does my age make to it? We all still have to care for people.


Over 200,000 learners backed-up in online queues to book driving tests

The DVSA site now confirms that all the available driving test slots have been issued and learners next opportunity to queue en masse for a test was Tuesday 1 September.


UK car production slumps by a fifth in July

Just 85,696 new models left vehicle plants last month, which is 22,543 fewer than in July 2019, official figures have revealed today.


UK car production slumps by a fifth in July

Just 85,696 new models left vehicle plants last month, which is 22,543 fewer than in July 2019, official figures have revealed today.


Over 200,000 learners backed-up in online queues to book driving tests

The DVSA site now confirms that all the available driving test slots have been issued and learners next opportunity to queue en masse for a test was Tuesday 1 September.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Taseko turned$1 into $360million

Taseko has been listed in Toronto for years but only joined the London market in November 2019. The shares have done well in recent weeks but they should continue to rise.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE Golden egg for Cranswick

Midas recommended Cranswick in 2007, when the shares were £8.45. We looked at the stock again in 2014, by which time it had risen to £11.88. Today, Cranswick shares are £37.68.


Coronavirus UK Over 4m cars might be MOT-less this autumn

The swell in demand for tests is predicted to double in the coming months due to the unprecedented combination of scheduled MOTs and those who took out the 6-month extension from the start of lockdown.


ALLIANZ TECHNOLOGY aiming for 20% returns

Walter Price is confident that he can keep delivering stellar returns for those invested in the investment trust he runs - the £981million Allianz Technology, listed on Londons stock market.


ALEX BRUMMER Chancellor to revisit furlough plan?

The UKs performance during lockdown has been so much worse than that of our competitors that it verges on embarrassment, at minus-20.4 per cent against an average of minus-9.8 per cent.


WPP dividend returns despite £2.6bn loss

In the first six months of this year, WPP racked up losses of £2.6billion, having made a profit of £409m in the same period last year. Revenues fell from £6.4billion to £5.6billion.


Translation specialist RWS in £2.8bn merger talks

RWS, one of the biggest companies on Londons junior stock market AIM, is buying rival SDL for £854m. The deal will be a significant win for the UKs tech sector.


Translation specialist RWS in £2.8bn merger talks

RWS, one of the biggest companies on Londons junior stock market AIM, is buying rival SDL for £854m. The deal will be a significant win for the UKs tech sector.


Fed rips up inflation rules to boost economy

After decades of targeting an inflation rate of 2 per cent, the Federal Reserve said it would now tolerate a higher rate as it warned of the serious risks which low inflation posed.


Sales at Tiffany higher than they were a year ago

The retailer, known for its distinctive turquoise branding and diamond engagement rings, said takings so far this month are above where they were in August last year.


Rolls-Royce to sell £2bn of assets after posting £5.4bn loss

The engineer has been hammered by the pandemic, which has triggered a collapse in global air travel and starved it of income it usually makes from servicing plane engines.


Rolls-Royce to sell £2bn of assets after posting £5.4bn loss

The engineer has been hammered by the pandemic, which has triggered a collapse in global air travel and starved it of income it usually makes from servicing plane engines.


MARKET REPORT Investors back British pharma to beat Covid

Updates from medical and biotech groups proved they are at the forefront of the fight. Astrazeneca announced it had signed a contract to supply at least 300m doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine.


MARKET REPORT Investors back British pharma to beat Covid

Updates from medical and biotech groups proved they are at the forefront of the fight. Astrazeneca announced it had signed a contract to supply at least 300m doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine.


ALEX BRUMMER British aerospace on the brink

Opening an air corridorbetween London and NewYork, together with testing and tracing at the UKs airports, is a necessity if Britain is to thrive again.


The Hut Group unveils plans for £4.5bn float

In what will easily be Londons biggest listing of the year, the online shopping company hopes to raise £920m by issuing new shares when it joins the stock market in mid-September.


Ocado poaches Rolls-Royce executive

Duncan Tatton-Brown has stepped down due to family circumstances. In a further setback for Rolls as it reels from a record half-year loss of £5.4billion, he will be replaced by Stephen Daintith.


Ocado poaches Rolls-Royce executive

Duncan Tatton-Brown has stepped down due to family circumstances. In a further setback for Rolls as it reels from a record half-year loss of £5.4billion, he will be replaced by Stephen Daintith.


Fidelity launches first ever passive fixed income funds. What are they and should you invest?

Asset manager Fidelity International has launched its first ever index fixed income funds. But what is an index fund and why should you consider them? We ask the experts what they think.


Do you know how your pension is invested? This is Money podcast

A large chunk of workers are unaware that their pension savings are invested in the stock market. Why does that matter? Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost take a look.


City vs Country hotels The pandemic leave the British hotel industry facing a shake-up

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) released figures yesterday which estimate that the country will lose £22billion in spending this year due to the drop in international tourism.


BUSINESS CLOSE Government campaign to get people back to work

The Footsie ended the week in the red as the pound hit an eight-month high against the dollar, rising above $1.33.


New Christopher Nolan film Tenet puts Cineworld in limelight

Cineworld shares rose 5 per cent after the cinema chains boss said it had seen a number of sold-out screenings and that summer blockbuster Tenet had triggered a much-needed surge in bookings.


New Christopher Nolan film Tenet puts Cineworld in limelight

Cineworld shares rose 5 per cent after the cinema chains boss said it had seen a number of sold-out screenings and that summer blockbuster Tenet had triggered a much-needed surge in bookings.


MARKET REPORT More tears for Boohoo backers as crisis grows

Boohoo investors were given another kicking after the company admitted it had suspended orders with a number of suppliers over sweatshop allegations.


PUNT OF THE WEEK Small-cap logistics firm Clipper

A small-cap logistics company with several different businesses, including one that oversees online shopping deliveries and returns.


PUNT OF THE WEEK Small-cap logistics firm Clipper

A small-cap logistics company with several different businesses, including one that oversees online shopping deliveries and returns.


ALEX BRUMMER Ramshackle lifestyle float

No one could but be impressed with the august line-up of advisers guiding the online beauty and well-being firm The Hut Group to the market.


The Hut Group under fire over £4.5bn listing

The Hut Group has been accused of awful corporate governance standards ahead of its blockbuster listing.


How much money do I need to save for my pension?

We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?


How much money do I need to save for my pension?

We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?


US private equity giant KKR eyes bid for stricken BT

KKR is said to be monitoring developments at the troubled telecoms company, which has seen its share price almost half this year, and is now valued at just £10.4billion.


US private equity giant KKR eyes bid for stricken BT

KKR is said to be monitoring developments at the troubled telecoms company, which has seen its share price almost half this year, and is now valued at just £10.4billion.


Best stocks & shares Isas Pick the best DIY investment platform

Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and changes to charges have left many investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best.


Ten tips for buy-to-let Essential advice for property investment

Buy-to-let lost some of its spark in recent years but that might be about to change as new tax cuts and low mortgage rates have caused landlords to flock back to the market.


Ten tips for buy-to-let Essential advice for property investment

Buy-to-let lost some of its spark in recent years but that might be about to change as new tax cuts and low mortgage rates have caused landlords to flock back to the market.


Best cash Isas 2020 Where to get the best cash Isa rates and deals

We pick our five favourite cash Isas for savers. This is essential Isa reading and is kept up-to-date throughout the year


Best mortgage rates Compare fixed rate and tracker rate mortgage deals

Brokers say mortgage rates may soon rise following years of decline as the coronavirus lockdown continues to impact households finances.


ASK TONY Vodafone hit lonely Dad with four-figure bill

My 89-year-old father went way over his monthly call limit and, over three months, Vodafone has taken more than £1,000. This phone was his lifeline during isolation.


Insurers unfairly rejecting claims for cancelled weddings

Teachers Lidia Szmid, 30, and partner Adam Burton, 32, went to battle with UK General Insurance after their wedding venue in Chichester had to close in April.


Insurers unfairly rejecting claims for cancelled weddings

Teachers Lidia Szmid, 30, and partner Adam Burton, 32, went to battle with UK General Insurance after their wedding venue in Chichester had to close in April.


Has your travel insurer taken you for a ride?

Buying travel insurance never used to be a nightmare. Most holidaymakers would run a comparison site search and buy the first affordable policy. But now the stakes are higher.


Has your travel insurer taken you for a ride?

Buying travel insurance never used to be a nightmare. Most holidaymakers would run a comparison site search and buy the first affordable policy. But now the stakes are higher.


Stamp duty holidays prove popular as demand outstrips supply

South East commuter towns have seen the biggest annual jump in home seller numbers, while national demand jumps 61 per cent as stamp duty holiday creates a frenzy


Dont let car sale scammers drive off with YOUR cash as fraud cases soar 550%

Some 2,094 vehicle scams were reported to Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting service, in July alone - a 550 per cent increase compared with March.


Stamp duty holidays prove popular as demand outstrips supply

South East commuter towns have seen the biggest annual jump in home seller numbers, while national demand jumps 61 per cent as stamp duty holiday creates a frenzy


House sales hit 13-year high last month on stamp duty cut

In a sign that the property market roared back to life over the summer, the National Association of Estate Agents said average sales per branch hit 13 in July.


Households spend £552 a year on subscription services

The subscription economy has grown to be worth £323million, according to research from Barclaycard Payments, with an increase in businesses adopting the model.


House sales hit 13-year high last month on stamp duty cut

In a sign that the property market roared back to life over the summer, the National Association of Estate Agents said average sales per branch hit 13 in July.


Households spend £552 a year on subscription services

The subscription economy has grown to be worth £323million, according to research from Barclaycard Payments, with an increase in businesses adopting the model.


Best student current accounts in 2020 for freebies and large interest-free overdrafts

Every year Britains biggest banks seek to sign up freshers with large overdrafts and freebies, and this year is no different, even if most other things have been. Which accounts are best?


Virgin Money launch new 90% LTV mortgages with a number of restrictions

In recent months, the number of options for those with a 10% deposit has dried up thanks to coronavirus. Virgin has launched some this week- but not for new builds or flats.


Do you REALLY want six months salary sat in a savings account?

Lets say you have a joint annual household income of £80,000 - so c.£50,000 net of tax. Assuming you are able to as much as £25,000 aside, do you really want it sat in a savings account?


Care home costs spiral to £33k a year - and homeowners over 50 are worried

In a damning indictment of the costs faced by many, nearly half of people aged over 50 with their own home think they will have to sell their property in order to be able to pay for their own care.


Aston Martin reveals a scaled-down electric DB5 £54,000

It is powered by a battery driven 6.7bhp 5kW electric motor driving the rear wheels up to a top speed on the standard DB5 Junior of 30mph. A racier version has more power and a top speed of 50mph.


Britains beaches where motorists are most likely to be stung with parking fines

With this weekend being the first bank holiday since lockdown where travel restrictions have been relaxed, many of the 18m Britons expected to hit the road are setting their sat-navs for beaches.


A third are overpaying for mobile phones via a loyalty penalty that can cost more than £400 a year

Which? calculated that phone companies make around £182million a year from UK customers continuing to pay for a handset they already own.


Why didnt Barclays text me about a payment I was about to miss?

Adrian, 28, from Lancashire, wrote to This is Money earlier this month after he was charged £11 for missing the June payment on his Asda card, after a text alert from Barclays failed to arrive.


Landlords are in crisis Rental arrears double

The National Residential Landlords Association, has written to the Prime Minister begging him to consider the damage this policy is wreaking on landlords ability to keep renters in their homes.


Landlords are in crisis Rental arrears double

The National Residential Landlords Association, has written to the Prime Minister begging him to consider the damage this policy is wreaking on landlords ability to keep renters in their homes.


Can I give up my inheritance and resign as executor?

My brother and I are left equal shares of his house, but on my fathers death the property is held in trust with the condition that my brother can live there indefinitely, rent free and cannot be evicted.


Heres how government must address the coming shock to the economy

From a National Housing Bond made available to savers through NS&I to Infrastructure bonds and a massive programme of building homes - four steps to improving our grim outlook.


Take a leaf out of Selling Sunsets home marketing tips

The need to spruce up your home has become even greater following the move to initial virtual viewings in the UK. More than ever, you may not get a second chance to make a first impression.


The way to make big impact in bedroom Headboards

The most visible part of the bed (in which the average person spends a third of their life) is often the most ignored. Its a shame, since a headboard isnt merely decorative it plays an important function.


Smart meter installations increased just 0.4% since last quarter

In the first three months of the year, 980,000 meters were installed - compared to just 135,000 between April and June - a fall of 845,000.


Developments with allotments keep their residents happy

We all know gardening and home-grown veg are good for the soul and excellent for the body. But now, more than ever, allotments have become crucial for retirees mental and physical health.


SMALL CAP MOVERS Base Resources soars as it keeps paying divi

Miner Base Resources shot up 32 per cent to 15p this week after it declared a maiden dividend of 35 Australian cents per share.


Triple-lock guarantee on state pension increases could be curbed

The future of the triple lock that guarantees an annual state pension increase of at least 2.5 per cent is rumoured to have caused a rift at the top of the Government.


Triple-lock guarantee on state pension increases could be curbed

The future of the triple lock that guarantees an annual state pension increase of at least 2.5 per cent is rumoured to have caused a rift at the top of the Government.


RAY MASSEY tests the Volkswagen Grand California 680 motorhome

The Volkswagen Grand California 680 motorhome comes with everything including the kitchen sink, plus a hob, loo, shower, double bed, swivel seats, storage and picnic furniture.


Why Buffetts investment philosophy could give YOU cause to celebrate

The legendary investor Warren Buffett, boss of the £390billion Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, will celebrate his 90th birthday tomorrow.


Fee bonanza for bankers in pandemic deals spree

Investment bankers are set to reap bumper fees this year despite the coronavirus slump as they work on a series of emergency fundraisings, takeovers and stock market listings.


Why Buffetts investment philosophy could give YOU cause to celebrate

The legendary investor Warren Buffett, boss of the £390billion Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, will celebrate his 90th birthday tomorrow.


The five most viewed homes online this summer on Rightmove

While most will not be able to put together enough pennies to snap up the five homes outlined here, there is no harm in dreaming and having a good look from the safe distance of your own home.


National Lottery introduces three special draws with millions up for grabs

Dubbed the Big September special draws, Camelot will kick off the events with a £20million Lotto Must Be Won draw on Saturday 5 September.


What should I do with my Child Trust Fund money next?

From next Tuesday, around 6.3m children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011 will begin to be able to access millions of pounds paid into Child Trust Funds when they turn 18.


Time is running out for small businesses as growth hubs shut their grant applications down

The £20million is being split up and distributed to various counties through Growth Hubs in what is understood to be varying amounts.


What should I do with my Child Trust Fund money next?

From next Tuesday, around 6.3m children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011 will begin to be able to access millions of pounds paid into Child Trust Funds when they turn 18.


What is a hard seltzer and will it be popular in Britain?

Much of the marketing hype around hard seltzers are the fact they contain fewer than 100 calories, largely sugar-free and natural flavourings.


What would you do to get a bigger inheritance?

Only 55 per cent of adults plan to split their wealth equally among their children when they die, new findings from wealth management company Charles Stanley have revealed.


Bank of England to go big and fast to beat second wave

Andrew Bailey said the central bank would act decisively to pump more money into the economy if needed.


TRUST WATCH Smithson

The youngest fund in the Fundsmith stable, founded by lauded stock picker Terry Smith. It is not run day-to-day by Smith himself, but rather by Simon Barnard and Will Morgan.


JEFF PRESTRIDGE Time for trusts to ditch Faangst?

Investors in some of these Faang-infested global investment trusts would be wise to take some profits - before shares in these funds roll over.


JEFF PRESTRIDGE Time for trusts to ditch Faangst?

Investors in some of these Faang-infested global investment trusts would be wise to take some profits - before shares in these funds roll over.


Not all insurance cover will let you down in a crisis

There is a cohort of insurance companies determined to do the right thing by customers. They are providers of financial protection insurance. Peter Tompkins (pictured) has been a beneficiary.


James Greenwood tells how he broke into television

The 36-year-old star of the series The Pets Factor would like to start a family with his husband, Mark, a landscape gardener. He spoke to DONNA FERGUSON from their home near Bristol.


James Greenwood tells how he broke into television

The 36-year-old star of the series The Pets Factor would like to start a family with his husband, Mark, a landscape gardener. He spoke to DONNA FERGUSON from their home near Bristol.


Student bank accounts with perks that make the grade

There is no need for dodgy algorithms and grade predictions when choosing a bank. Students are eligible for an account that comes with benefits and interest-free overdrafts.


TSB is no longer the bank that likes to say yes

TSB is blowing a rude raspberry in the face of customers wanting to be served at its branch counters. The bank has started pulling down the shutters at 14 branch counters at 2pm.


Ex-Minister calls for action over council tax trap

Baroness Ros Altmann is calling for more fairness from town halls after we uncovered dozens of cases where grieving families had been hit with unexpected council tax bills.


Start early to beat the driving test phone queue

Four days ago, more than 215,000 learners were left hanging on the line, waiting to see if they would be among the lucky ones to get one of 35,000 driving test slots available.


Not all drugs firms are as healthy as hype suggests

In the midst of a pandemic, an obsession with all things medical is natural, but it is also fuelling an interest in healthcare investment that is starting to look dangerously like a bubble.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS Ring up a bargain with Airtel

African countries are at an earlier stage in the digital revolution than most others, but progress is rapid and Airtel is helping to make it happen.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE Fair wind for Vent-Axia?

Midas recommended Volution in 2014, shortly after the business was listed.But the stock was hit by Covid-19 concerns. The best approach may be to cut holdings by half and diversify.


MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE Fair wind for Vent-Axia?

Midas recommended Volution in 2014, shortly after the business was listed.But the stock was hit by Covid-19 concerns. The best approach may be to cut holdings by half and diversify.


Could green funds investment end up paying for GUNS?

One of the countrys most respected asset managers has criticised investment groups that have jumped on the ethical bandwagon offering portfolio services and funds that do not fit the bill.


Difficult year for investment trust JPMorgan Mid Cap

They took a hammering because of the funds focus on the UK economy and its exposure to sectors such as travel that were badly affected by Covid-19. But manager Georgina Brittain is looking forward.


Former Saga boss set to return to ailing over-50s firm

Sir Roger De Haan will inject £100million of his own money for a 20 per cent shareholding in the business and a role as a chairman, Sky News reported.


Zoom to reveal how it cashed in during lockdown

It will show soaring profits as shares hit new highs with many businesses continuing to use the software while staff work remotely.


Zoom to reveal how it cashed in during lockdown

It will show soaring profits as shares hit new highs with many businesses continuing to use the software while staff work remotely.


Treasury says bogus charities dodging business rates

The key target for those abusing the system is the near-£5billion of reliefs granted to businesses. The Government has expanded support for companies through rate reliefs during Covid crisis.


Unions fear 400 High Street bank branches set to close

Sources said Lloyds, HSBC, Barclays and NatWest are discussing plans to shut up to 400 of their remaining 3,923 branches after profits were crushed by the pandemic.


US vultures circling Britains stricken office owners

City sources said Blackstone, the Wall Street-based giant led by Stephen Schwarzman, is rumoured to be monitoring companies including Land Securities.


Rates not important for savers, says one of TSBs top bosses

Andrew Davis, customer director at the bank, described a savings rate as just the icing on the cake for depositors. His comments are likely to anger millions of savers starved of returns.


Rates not important for savers, says one of TSBs top bosses

Andrew Davis, customer director at the bank, described a savings rate as just the icing on the cake for depositors. His comments are likely to anger millions of savers starved of returns.


Aveva software chief who turned the tables on US rivals

Craig Hayman knows better than most how the polite, modest British approach to technology has often caused us to undersell ourselves on the world stage.


Wake up Chancellor! This is just the eye of a storm

As autumn approaches, we must shake off this national somnolence. And we must be under no illusions about the difficulties ahead. The next six to 12 months are going to be tough for businesses.


Hit to economy £500billion cost of ghost town Britain

If home working continues in its current form the economy will not return to its pre-pandemic size until 2025. That would mean £480billion of lost output, or possibly more.


Hit to economy £500billion cost of ghost town Britain

If home working continues in its current form the economy will not return to its pre-pandemic size until 2025. That would mean £480billion of lost output, or possibly more.


Plea for airport tests to kickstart UK-US trade

Industry heavyweights have written to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and his US counterpart demanding a testing trial between New York and London by the end of next month.


Plus500 to launch shares trading in battle with Hargreaves

David Zruia, the new chief executive, said that the FTSE250-listed firm is preparing to move into physical equity trading. Plus500 currently specialises in selling contracts for difference.


HAMISH MCRAE Elite firms dont work from home

My guess is that when things settle down we will find that we need to get people together in offices for most of the time. For the sake of our cities, lets hope I am right.


TONY HETHERINGTON Wheres our rail refund cheque?

Great Rail Journeys cancelled our tour of the US because of Covid-19. It has told us it will not consider giving us our money back until next year. Our Barclaycard claim was rejected.


TONY HETHERINGTON Wheres our rail refund cheque?

Great Rail Journeys cancelled our tour of the US because of Covid-19. It has told us it will not consider giving us our money back until next year. Our Barclaycard claim was rejected.


Top firms cut 250,000 jobs in five months of coronavirus

Gatwick Airport, sandwich chain Pret a Manger and BMW Mini became the latest to swing the jobs axe last week, meaning around 255,000 roles have been cut or marked for the chop since March.


Top firms cut 250,000 jobs in five months of coronavirus

Gatwick Airport, sandwich chain Pret a Manger and BMW Mini became the latest to swing the jobs axe last week, meaning around 255,000 roles have been cut or marked for the chop since March.


ITV set to tumble out of FTSE 100 on its 65th birthday

The broadcaster has seen an unprecedented slump in advertising during the pandemic, pushing its shares down by 60 per cent this year, meaning it will probably slip out of the FTSE 100.


ALEX BRUMMER Easy money could help Donald Trump

The reality is that the US economic fallout from coronavirus, as bad as it has been, is not out of line with the other Western democracies. Historically pocket book issues settle American elections.


Barclays boss Jes Staley facing fresh calls to resign

Authorities in the US Virgin Islands have ordered JP Morgan, Staleys former employer, to hand over the bankers communications with paedophile Epstein.


Renting is on the rise among senior citizens

Specialist senior living properties to rent are set to jump by 160 per cent over five years, according to property consultancy Knight Frank. Lockdown is thought to have accelerated the trend.


5G roll-out fears after Vodafone loses court fight

Operators such as Vodafone pay landowners billions in rents every year at thousands of sites - but hoped to reduce these under the Electronic Communications Code, introduced in 2017.


Rishi Sunaks £30bn tax raid He is warned not to hammer middle classes to pay off coronavirus bill

The Chancellor is said to be considering a huge fiscal raid in this autumns Budget to plug the gaping hole in public finances after record spending on coronavirus.


The 26-year-old CEO of a private jet firm reveals how the sector is booming

James Moon, boss of TailHail, says the price of private flights is coming down - and that he recently chartered a plane from Newcastle to Munich for a cheaper price per person than Easyjet.


Got a spare room? Everything you need to know about the Rent a Room scheme 

If you rent your spare room out to a lodger, you could make an average of £590 per month. But do you know how to do this, how much tax you have to pay (if any) and who you need to declare it to?


We reveal how the tourism industry is adapting to life in a pandemic

The coronavirus has been devastating in immeasurable ways with the travel and tourism industry being one such area that has suffered a huge blow. Heres how one business is diversifying.