John Lewis to close Waitrose stores as profits slump – business live

John Lewis to close Waitrose stores as profits slump – business live

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. House price growth in the UK has fallen to its lowest level in five years, in the latest sign that the market is cooling. Nationwide, the building society, has reported that annual house price growth slowed […]

Heatwave: UK swelters on another hottest day of the year

Heatwave: UK swelters on another hottest day of the year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sunseekers enjoyed the weather on Weymouth beach on Tuesday The UK has been enjoying – or enduring – another hottest day of the year, with a health warning for heatwave conditions in place for some. Tuesday saw a top temperature of 30.6C in Porthmadog, Gwynedd – beating Monday’s peak […]

UK defence spending 'must rise to maintain UK influence' – MPs

UK defence spending 'must rise to maintain UK influence' – MPs

Britain must raise its defence spending to retain influence over the US and maintain its leading role in the NATO military, MPs have said. The Commons’ defence committee said without further investment, UK forces would struggle to maintain “interoperability” with the US military, diminishing their usefulness as allies. The warning comes ahead of next month’s […]

UK Top 40 singles chart to include video streaming figures

UK Top 40 singles chart to include video streaming figures

It has been a long and curious journey for the UK singles chart since Maurice Kinn first rang round a handful of record shops in late 1952 to compile a top 12 of the best-selling new records. In that time, the charts have grown, with dedicated countdowns covering singles and albums as well as compilations […]

"Offensive": London Mayor Slams UK Visa Policy For Indian Students

"Offensive": London Mayor Slams UK Visa Policy For Indian Students

London:  London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will continue to lobby the UK government to change its rules around immigration as he branded the exclusion of Indians from an easier student visa application regime as “offensive” and a “wasted opportunity”. Dismissing UK government claims over visa overstayers from India, Khan said the evidence did […]

UK enjoys heatwave, with 30C forecast next week

UK enjoys heatwave, with 30C forecast next week

Sun worshippers and festival goers are enjoying soaring temperatures as the June heatwave continues across the UK. At the Isle of Wight festival on Saturday, where music lovers wore gold to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event, temperatures reached 23C (73F). In Ireland, hundreds of people flocked to the beach at Brittas Bay to […]

UK weather forecast: Temperatures set to SKYROCKET as HEATWAVE and HOTTEST day nears

UK weather forecast: Temperatures set to SKYROCKET as HEATWAVE and HOTTEST day nears

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said “it’s going to turn increasingly hot and sunny” and “a heatwave is on the way” as Britain prepares for the hottest day of the year this Wednesday. Saturday will see highs of 24C, and “temperatures by Sunday will reach 26C” Mr McGivern said. Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey also confirmed the […]

Airbus UK exit warning for thousands of Welsh jobs

Airbus UK exit warning for thousands of Welsh jobs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAirbus loss ‘would be an absolute disaster for Broughton’ Thousands of Welsh jobs are at risk as Airbus has warned it could leave the UK if it exits the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal after Brexit. The European planemaker employs more […]

Airbus warns no-deal Brexit could see it leave UK

Airbus warns no-deal Brexit could see it leave UK

Image copyright AFP Contributor/Getty Images Airbus has warned it could leave the UK if the country exits the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal. The European planemaker said the warning was not part of “project fear, but its “dawning reality”. Airbus employs about 14,000 people at 25 different sites in […]

UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme

UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme

The government has promised to fast-track the registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to “a matter of days”. Unveiling details of the “settlement scheme” for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application […]

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