Dramatic fall in half-year profits strikes to heart of John Lewis

JOHN Lewis Partnership’s June predictions of low-to-zero profits for the first half of 2018 have proven precise, rather than pessimistic: a plunge of 99...

China gives US a level glare over mooted extra tariffs

‘Precise’ response promised in escalating trade war TARIFFS are back in the headlines as China threatens to impose more of its own taxes on US...
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New export strategy to bring ‘superpower’ status to Britain

BRITAIN’S International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has announced an export strategy that “will make Britain a 21st Century exporting superpower”. “As we leave the EU,...

Convertible for you? Classifieds and fintech join forces for vehicle sales

Don’t buy a lemon: UK fintech scale-up partners with US car-sales site for a fully transactional marketplace IN A fightback against social media disruptors –...

Gender pay-gap: women undervalue their own contributions, study finds

Expectations play a part in unequal rewards system – and women appear less pushy when it comes to negotiating a salary WOMEN often find themselves...

Charity begins at home; blockchain plan ensures it goes the distance

Commit Good lives up to its name with technology to track donations from source to recipient IS THE money you just donated to that children’s...

Inefficient supply chains ‘cost UK businesses £1.5bn a year’

The processing of shipments ties up 50,000 jobs in procurement and freight administration – and Brexit could make matters worse, report says SUPPLY chain inefficiencies...

Profits ‘close to zero’ for John Lewis Partnership this year

A rough first six months means closure for some UK Waitrose stores FIVE British Waitrose outlets – four convenience shops and a supermarket – are...
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Changes and optimism in the engine room of UK economy

SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) are in the news with optimistic projections for Britain’s export trade – despite Brexit – and BNP Paribas appointing...
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Trade war ‘almost inevitable’ as Trump’s steel tariffs start to bite

Countries line-up to target US products with their own retaliatory taxes. HAL WILLIAMS reports EUROPE, Canada and Mexico are girding their loins for a trade...