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Trinity Mirror sees 24% rise in profits

Image copyright Thinkstock Newspaper firm Trinity Mirror has seen annual profit rise 24% after it bought local paper group Local World. Adjusted pre-tax profit in 2016 was £133.2m, as against £107.5m in the previous year. Trinity Mirror took control of Local World in October 2015 in a deal worth £220m, making it the UK’s largest […]

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Love your job

Image caption Mid-life crisis: frustrated middle manager Reggie Perrin with his secretary Joan Greengross If you’re of a certain age, or a fan of 1970s sitcoms, you’ll know who Reggie Perrin is. The eponymous hero of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is so bored with his job as a manager at Sunshine Desserts […]

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Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms

Image copyright Getty Images Business rates are a “ticking time bomb” for small companies in England which should be offered emergency help, the shadow business secretary has said. Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey said many firms faced “cliff-edge” rises when new valuations take effect in April and that the process had been mishandled. The government says it […]

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Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017

Media captionWATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones tries out the new Nokia 3310 Nokia’s 3310 phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years after its debut. Many consider the original handset iconic because of its popularity and sturdiness. More than 126 million were produced before it was phased out in 2005. The revamped version will be sold under licence […]

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Google brings Assistant to Android phones

Image caption Google Assistant will soon be available to many more smartphone users Google’s voice-activated digital assistant will soon be available on smartphones running the latest versions of the Android operating system. Until now, Google Assistant had only been available on the firm’s own Pixel phones. The service, like Siri on iPhones, allows users to […]

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Warren Buffett upbeat on US business growth

Image copyright Reuters US billionaire Warren Buffett has backed American businesses to continue to create “mind-boggling” wealth. The investment guru, known as the “Sage of Omaha”, said US stocks were “virtually certain to be worth far more in the years ahead”. Mr Buffett steered clear of mentioning President Trump in his annual letter to shareholders […]

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Austerity anguish

Media captionGreek activists storm court hearings to save homes In normal times, in a normal country, court proceedings over mortgage arrears would not be the stuff of headline news. But these are not normal times in Greece and such cases have been making national television bulletins. In a soulless white concrete court building, leaders of […]

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Smart vision

Image copyright Marx Melencio Image caption Marx Melencio was blinded 14 years ago A blind man who narrowly escaped death when he was gunned down in the Philippines has developed software he hopes will offer life-changing independence to blind people. Marx Melencio was buying fried rice with his wife at a roadside store in Manila […]