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Durex owner sells food business for £3.2bn

Reckitt Benckiser, the FTSE 100 company behind Durex and Nurofen, has agreed the sale of its food business to a US firm for £3.2bn. French’s Food, which includes the French’s mustard, Frank’s RedHot and Cattlemen’s brands, was sold to McCormick & Company following a strategic review of the business, …

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McDonald's Multi-Unit Franchisee Grew Up in Company

Stephanie Rawden, a multi-unit McDonald’s franchise owner based in Pennsylvania, grew up in the McDonald’s business. Her father, aunt and uncle all owned separate McDonald’s locations, and now Stephanie owns multiple locations, partnering on the parent company with her brother, who owns his own Mickey D restaurants, according to …

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Audi advert criticised in China for being sexist

Audi has been criticised for an advert in China, which thousands of internet users have branded sexist.The ad compares buying a car to finding a wife, saying “an important decision must be made carefully”.It shows a woman having her nose, ears and teeth inspected by her mother-in-law on her …

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Fall in income inequality 'since recession'

Falling incomes for top earners and rising employment have helped narrow inequality, though some UK regions are being left behind, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The independent research institute’s annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality – which is based largely on official figures covering …

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Is WhatsApp being censored in China?

Users of the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp have reported disruptions in China, prompting censorship claims.Many reported that voice messaging and pictures wouldn’t send without a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent China’s censorship filters.The seemed to be working normally on Wednesday morning, but there have been more interruptions since …

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North Sea cod can be eaten with 'clear conscience'

North Sea cod is now sustainable and can be eaten with a “clear conscience”, a fisheries body has said.The fish has been considered under threat for more than a decade after stocks fell to 36,000 tonnes in 2006.But the industry has agreed measures to help regenerate the population, including …

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Gran designs

In Zimbabwe, thousands of depression sufferers are being helped by a network of grandmothers trained in talking therapies, who meet their patients on “Friendship Benches” outside health clinics.In poorly-resourced hospitals in East Africa and India, hundreds of fracture patients are receiving safe, effective bone surgery using ingeniously adapted DIY …

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Where's hot?

For some of us, holidays are becoming more than just a chance to relax in the sun but the chance to experience something different – and this growth in out-of-the-way travel is playing a vital role in many countries’ economic development. “I like to to try and tick off …

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Credit and debit card surcharges to be banned

Consumers are no longer to be charged extra for paying by debit or credit card, the government has said.From January next year, businesses will not be allowed to add any surcharges for card payments.The worst offenders currently are airlines and food delivery apps, and small businesses which typically add …

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