e-cigarette, vaping

Imperial Brands running out of puff? A tough year for the vaping industry

BRITISH multinational firm Imperial Brands has had a challenging year, with pre-tax profits for 2019 falling from £1.83bn to £1.69bn and shares down 9.4...
Halloween shop

Oh, my gourd: pumpkins, sweets and costumes make today a monster hit

WANT to hear a scary story…? Well gather round the hearth, children, and consider these facts (well, internet facts, courtesy of the US National...
Thomas Cook shop

Thomas Cook ceases trading, leaving tens of thousands of customers stranded abroad

AFTER almost 180 years in business holiday firm Thomas Cook has collapsed — leaving 150,000 Britons stranded abroad. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said...
Qantas Boeing 787

In for the long haul: Qantas to experiment with non-stop trips between London and...

QANTAS Airways is planning to run test flights between London and Sydney to discover how planes, crews and passengers will cope with the longest...
Electric car (EV) charging station

Chicken-and-egg dilemma for the EV market: do we need more charging stations, vehicles …...

By HAL WILLIAMS ELECTRIC vehicles may well be the future, but their uptake and the infrastructural challenges of providing charging points for them is part...
Man watching TV

Mega-merger of media giants brings stock moves and criticism

BROADCASTING giants CBS and Viacom are set to merge in a media deal that will see shared ownership of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount...
DVDs and CDs

Plunge in disc sales seems to prove that future is virtual and streaming

THE NEWS that sales of DVDs, CDs and video games has plunged by almost a fifth should come as no surprise. After all, consumers...
Boeing 737 MAX

Max woes continue for Boeing, with production halt mooted

BOEING may halt production of the controversial 737 Max because of the aircraft’s grounding in the wake of two fatal accidents. (Click here to see...
Fake supercar factory

Switcheroo ‘supercars’ draw heat in Brazilian swoop on chop-shop

By Hal Williams YOU only get one chance to make a first impression, they say, and nothing makes a statement like pulling up to your...
Adidas trainers

Three stripes and you’re not out: Adidas loses bid to be ‘shoe-nique’

ADIDAS has failed to expand its trademark three-stripe design in Europe because it isn’t distinctive enough. (Click here to see stock prices for the companies...