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Kickstart your fitness

January is a peak time for downloading health and fitness apps and putting those Christmas present fitness trackers to work. But do they actually help you stay motivated?After the Christmas self-indulgence comes the inevitable New Year’s resolution to get fit, lose weight, and eat more healthily. But while 65% …

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Travellers being encouraged to fake illness, says ABTA

Millions of Britons are being encouraged to say they were sick while on holiday, according to the Association of British Travel Agents.A poll carried out for ABTA suggests that 19% of all holidaymakers may have been approached by a claims management company on their return home.They are told that …

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Diesel car sales to plunge again this year, study warns

The worst is yet to come for diesel cars which will see their sales continue to plunge, a study has warned.Aston University predicts they will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025, down from a 50% peak.Automotive expert Professor David Bailey said diesel’s “slow death” was …

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Rising food costs leave little room for festive splurge

Rising food costs meant consumers had little left over to spend on a festive splurge, industry figures suggest.Like-for-like retail sales, which exclude new store sales, rose 0.6% last month, down on December 2016’s 1% rise.Food sales accounted for most of the rise, with spending on non-food items such as …

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Bailiffs hit '41,000 firms' over business rates

Bailiffs have been unleashed on almost 41,000 companies struggling to pay higher business rates since last year’s controversial revaluation, an investigation has claimed. An estimate by Altus Group suggests English and Welsh councils have referred tens of thousands of businesses to bailiffs that were given the power to enter …

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Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence'

French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of “planned obsolescence” in Apple’s iPhone.Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it.In December, Apple admitted that older iPhone models were deliberately slowed down through software updates.But …

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Google sued over 'male discrimination'

Google has been accused of discriminating against conservative white men in a class action lawsuit filed by two former engineers.The duo say they want to represent all staff discriminated against due to their “perceived conservative political views, male gender and Caucasian race”.James Damore, fired last year over a controversial …

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Ex-Capita CEO backs energy start-up Hometree

A British start-up that wants to do to the domestic boiler market what Purplebricks is doing to the residential property sector is raising a seven-figure sum from the online estate agent’s chairman. Sky News understands that Hometree, which describes itself as a “next-generation energy‎ company that will provide the …

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