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Christmas delivery chaos as parcels 'left in bins'

People are facing Christmas delivery mayhem with some consumers reporting their parcels have been late, have not arrived at all, or have been opened by their neighbours. A survey of 2,099 people by consumer group Which? found 56% of people did not receive a delivery when expected, with 21% …

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House price growth to halt, surveyors say

House price growth looks set to grind to a halt next year as uncertainty, a lack of available homes and stretched budgets weigh on the market, according to surveyors. Figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggested that London would see a continuing trend of decline, spreading …

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YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans

YouTube has signed a second global, multi-year agreement with a major music label, amid plans to expand its subscription businesses.Universal Music Group said the deal would provide its artists more flexibility and pay, and strengthen YouTube’s commitment to managing music rights.The firm represents artists including Taylor Swift and Jay-Z. …

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Steinhoff facing credit squeeze

Retail group Steinhoff has said its lenders are starting to withdraw or suspend credit following allegations of accounting irregularities.In a presentation to investors in London, the retailer added it was unable to say when the extent of alleged irregularities would be known.Steinhoff said forecasts for each of its companies …

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Toys R Us future in UK plunged into doubt over pension scheme

Toys R Us’s future in the UK has been plunged into doubt after the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said it would vote against the company’s rescue plan.The retailer was told to put £9m into its struggling pension fund by the PPF in order for it to support the toy …

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