Labour won’t win economic credibility by attacking easy targets | Nils Pratley

Corbyn could try developing a more sustainable model of capitalism rather than knocking Murdoch et alIt’s the knockabout stage of the general election campaign so there’s no real harm in the leader of the Labour party summoning a few business villains …

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Vauxhall Astra to be built in UK if ministers avoid no-deal Brexit

PSA Group’s decision would be boost to British car industry and workers at Ellesmere PortFrench carmaker PSA Group has warned that it will only build its new Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant if the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, in a stark indic…

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Car sales fall in UK with industry’s worst September since financial crisis

Consumer uncertainty, new testing rules and decline of diesel lead to 20% fall, says SMMTUK sales of new cars plunged by a fifth in September as new emissions tests caused delivery backlogs, while waning appetite for diesel cars and weaker consumer con…

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Jaguar Land Rover to cut production at Halewood

UK’s biggest carmaker blames faltering sales on Brexit vote and tax curbs on diesel fuel

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest car manufacturer, is to cut production at its Halewood plant as it blamed faltering sales after the Brexit vote and a tax crackdown on diesel vehicles.

JLR said uncertainty around Brexit and the future of diesel cars had weakened demand. Its sales in Britain and Europe were flat in 2017 and the firm said it it expects tough conditions to continue.

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Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs at Ellesmere Port as demand for Astra falls

Rising costs and consumer preference for chunkier SUVs prompt move with output set to be reduced by at least 60,000 cars

Vauxhall workers will hear on Monday that nearly a quarter of jobs at the company’s Ellesmere Port site are being cut as the carmaker adapts to the decline of the traditional family car and rising costs.

About 400 of the 1,800 jobs at the site are expected to go by Christmas, largely via voluntary redundancies, as demand for the Astra continues to slip in favour of chunkier and trendier SUVs.

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