UK farmers will 'grow more food' if no Brexit deal – minister

Media playback is unsupported on your device British farmers would produce more food themselves in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal, a cabinet minister has suggested.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was responding to industry claims that food prices could rise sharply in the event …

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US hedge fund wants break-up of £35bn Shire

A US hedge fund is demanding a string of divestments at the FTSE-100 biotech group Shire, underlining growing interest among activist investors in large European companies. Sky News has learnt that Sachem Head Capital Management is urging the board of Shire, which specialises in treatments for rare diseases and …

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Student loans inquiry launched by Treasury Committee

An influential committee of MPs has announced it will investigate the student loan system and the impact of tuition fees. The Treasury Committee will scrutinise changes to the student loan system, including the repayment threshold and interest rates.It will also examine the impact of higher education on the public …

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Harvey Weinstein: 'Business as usual' at Weinstein Co, brother insists

Media playback is unsupported on your device Harvey Weinstein’s brother, Bob, has denied media reports that the film production company they co-founded could be closed or sold.”Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company,” he said in a statement. “Business is continuing as usual.”The company fired …

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Made in Japan

Japan has long been held up as a shining example of integrity, assured quality and reliable products.But the deepening scandal at Kobe Steel over falsified figures could further tarnish the Made in Japan brand.Kobe’s troubles started when it admitted last weekend to faking data about the quality, strength and …

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Racing finances

Next weekend Britain’s Lewis Hamilton could secure his fourth Formula One title at the United States Grand Prix. His Mercedes team is a staggering 145 points ahead of arch-rivals Ferrari despite the sport introducing rules this year which aimed to put the brakes on the dominance of a single …

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