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HMRC employs farmyard ducks to 'niggle' taxpayers

Risking the accusation that the taxman himself has gone quackers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has employed some farmyard ducks to encourage people to file their tax returns on time.The online and billboard adverts feature a man in the bath, being niggled by a duck.Instead of quacking, the duck …

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Shares sink at South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai

Shares in South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries fell by more than a quarter on Wednesday, after investors reacted badly to plans to raise fresh funds.Hyundai, the world’s top shipbuilder by sales, aims to raise about $1.2bn (£895m) by issuing new shares, diluting the value of existing stakes.It said the …

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The path to curing the deadliest diseases

Advances in medicine and technology mean our understanding of the human genome is advancing rapidly.Scientists, and increasingly businesses, are using this knowledge in the hope it will provide a wide range of medical solutions for some of the most devastating diseases.This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You …

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Shoppers stay home for Boxing Day sales

Fewer people have hit the UK’s Boxing Day sales this year as Black Friday discounts and savvy online shoppers lowered turnout. Shop visits dropped by 4.5% up to 5pm compared with last year, according to research group Springboard.Shopping centres and High Streets recorded the biggest declines. Diane Wehrle, insights …

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UK cotton back in production in Manchester

Long before Manchester had football, it had cotton. The city and surrounding region was built on the success of spinning and sewing during the industrial revolution, giving rise to its catchy nickname, Cottonopolis. But as production slowed, moved off shore and we began to import, the beautiful red brick …

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