BBC News - Business 11 January 2018

Government to hold pensions talks with Carillion

Officials will meet with the major contractor which is struggling under £1.5bn of debt.

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China shuts Marriott's website over Tibet, Taiwan error

Chinese authorities shut Marriott's website after the hotel lists Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries.

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Walmart clouds pay rise by closing Sam Club's stores

The US retailer announced it will shut shops and axe staff but it will lift workers' wages.

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Ex-BHS boss guilty over failure to provide pension data

The businessman who bought the firm for £1 failed to provide information on its retirement schemes.

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Oil prices rise to hit four-year high of $70 a barrel

Brent crude rose after Opec promised to keep a lid on crude production during 2018.

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HMRC 'hit by Brexit and Paradise Papers'

MPs are "far from confident" HM Revenue and Customs can cope with leaked tax avoidance allegations.

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Watchdog to review £11bn UK roll-out of smart meters

The National Audit Office will investigate whether the metres will save money for households.

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Five things we've learnt from British shoppers

It's been a good season for some retailers and tough for others but new trends have emerged.

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Drake offers fans a stake in Virginia Black whiskey

Investors will be able to buy a share of the Canadian rapper's bourbon brand.

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Christmas shopping: the winners and losers

For UK retailers, the performance over the festive period can make or break their trading year.

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Plastic fantastic: How it changed the world

Many things that we take for granted depend on plastic, but will consumers help reduce plastic pollution?

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Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant

Firm Rigby & Peller has endorsement withdrawn over a book which gave details of royal bra fittings.

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M&S food sales slide over Christmas

Both food and clothing sales decline at Marks and Spencer, while rivals report a better Christmas.

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South Korea considers Bitcoin trading ban

Government cryptocurrency concerns include tax evasion and people developing gambling addictions.

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Sadiq Khan warns of Brexit 'lost decade'

The London mayor says a hard Brexit could cost the UK 500,000 jobs and £50bn in lost investment.

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The areas where house prices rose fastest in 2017

Prices rose steeply in Wales and parts of the Midlands, but fell in Northern Ireland, the Halifax says.

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How Teflon became a million dollar idea

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

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'This yacht is bigger than my apartment!'

Yachts may be out of reach for most of us, but sales are rising - the UK industry is worth £3.1bn.

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YouTube punishes Logan Paul over Japan suicide video

Logan Paul loses business deals after posting a video showing an apparent suicide victim in Japan.

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Will taps run dry?

With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.

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