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Sainsbury's upbeat despite sales growth slowdown

Sainsbury’s has reported a slowdown in sales growth but says it has the “right strategy in place” in a competitive market. The country’s second-largest supermarket chain said like-for-like sales were up 0.2% in its first quarter to the end of June. That compares to a rise of 0.9% during …

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UK cities 'facing greatest challenge in history'

An influential retail expert says it is time to accept there is too much retail space in the UK and town and city centres must be “re-fashioned” into community spaces. Bill Grimsey, former chief executive of Wickes, Iceland and Booker, came to the conclusion in his latest independent review …

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Carillion workers and union sue for back pay

Former workers for the collapsed construction giant Carillion are taking legal action against the company through the UK’s largest trade union. According to Unite, the 80 workers were employed by Carillion subsidiary Planned Maintenance Engineering Ltd, on a contract at spy agency GCHQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Carillion went into …

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Fuel and alcohol duty freeze to be lifted to fund NHS

The government plans to lift its fuel and alcohol duty freezes to boost NHS funding, according to senior government sources. Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond want to scrap the duty freezes in an effort to find £20bn of extra investment for the health service a year by 2023 …

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