Image copyright Getty Images British retailers have published sales figures for the trading period up to and including Christmas, and while there have been record takings for some, the festive season proved gloomy for others. Consumers are continuing to alter their buying habits to factor in that American import Black…

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Image copyright Carillion The future of troubled engineering company Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. Sources say the firm has a “matter of days” as…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers…

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Image caption Nicci and Andrew Fletcher are now in their 50s “What people don’t realise is it’s a form of bereavement. There were days I couldn’t get out of bed. I just couldn’t face the world.” Nicci Fletcher, 50, says she and her husband Andrew felt “real grief” at not…

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Image copyright B&M Discount retailer B&M’s rapid expansion in the UK appears to have paid off after it revealed strong sales figures for the past three months. In contrast to many of its rivals which are closing shops, B&M opened 19 new shops in the 13 weeks to 23 December….

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran’s supreme leader has criticised foreign influence through languages in the past Iran has banned teaching the English language in primary schools, calling the subject a “cultural invasion”. The education ministry “envisages strengthening Persian language skills and Iranian Islamic culture of pupils at the primary…

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Image copyright PA Image caption Nick Timothy quit his role as Theresa May’s joint chief of staff after the election Theresa May’s former adviser has sparked criticism for a newspaper article attacking ex-education secretary Justine Greening. Nick Timothy said Ms Greening – who quit in the reshuffle after the PM…

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Image copyright GKN Shares in GKN, one of the UK’s biggest engineering firms, have soared after it rejected a bid that values the company at £7bn. Melrose made the unsolicited offer of 405p a share on 8 January. Shares in GKN, which makes wing tips for Airbus planes and parts…

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Image copyright Getty Images Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to almost $1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the…

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