BBC News - Business 5 January 2018

UK car sales see first drop for six years

Car sales in the UK fell by 5.7% last year, with drivers continuing to shun diesel-powered engines.

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Branson hits back at East Coast rail franchise critics

Sir Richard Branson says Network Rail was to blame for losses on the East Coast rail franchise.

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US jobs growth loses steam in December

Non-farm payrolls rise by 148,000 - far fewer than in November, but the employment rate holds steady.

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'Latte levy' of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

The UK throws away 2.5 billion non-recyclable coffee cups every year, MPs say.

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Self-assessment: concern over fewer ways to pay tax

Campaigners raise concerns over a ban imposed on paying tax by credit card or via the Post Office.

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Surf wear brand Billabong bought by Quiksilver owner

The deal is a lifeline for the Australian firm, which has only made a profit in one of the past five years.

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The car that won't let you crash it

The BBC's Theo Leggett tries out automatic braking systems and car safety devices aimed at preventing accidents.

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How Bubble Wrap became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how Bubble Wrap became a million dollar idea.

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Nigeria's 'girl empowerment' initiative

Schoolgirls in northern Nigeria are learning to support themselves.

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The female brewmaster making craft lager

Accomplished brewmaster and microbrewery owner Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela talks about her business.

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The rise of African contemporary art

African artists are enjoying an increasingly high profile at global exhibitions.

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