EU distances itself from Johnson’s timetable for post-Brexit trade deal

Leaked communique signals caution over PM’s 11-month timeframe for negotiationsLatest election news – live updatesEU member states have signalled a refusal to be bounced into Boris Johnson’s fast-track timetable to strike a post-Brexit trade deal.If he…

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Come mall ye faithful: 40,000 festive shoppers to hit Swedish superstore

Shoppers travel from afar to Gekås Ullared mega-mall, an institution that has its own reality TV showMore than 40,000 people are expected to descend this weekend on one of Europe’s largest department stores to hunt for bargains in a Christmas shopping …

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Make do and lend to a refugee entrepreneur this Christmas

Lendwithcare gift vouchers let Britons help people living in camps grow their own businessesFeeling fed up with festive consumerism? You could give a gift that will help a refugee entrepreneur this Christmas.A gift voucher allows the recipient to lend …

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McDonald’s NZ launches ‘not quite vegetarian’ McVeggie burger

McVeggie patty is fried with same equipment used to cook chicken but chain hopes some vegetarians will be OK with thatMcDonald’s has rolled out a vegetable-based burger in New Zealand but the McVeggie comes with a curious caveat: it is not quite vegeta…

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If Glencore’s CEO retires next year, many weary shareholders will rejoice | Nils Pratley

The suspended fund was far too exposed to retail properties, where values have been sliding for yearsIt’s always tempting to bash financial regulators when retail investors are deprived of the opportunity to access their savings. And often it’s the rig…

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Saudi Aramco to be world’s most valuable firm after IPO next week

Oversubscribed listing in Riyadh of 1.5% stake in state oil company will value it at $1.7tnSaudi Aramco is poised to achieve the biggest initial public offering in history next week by raising $25.6bn (£19.4bn) for the Saudi state in its market debut.T…

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Opec considering huge oil production cuts to avoid market slump

Cartel may cut up to 800,000 barrels a day from market as global economy faltersThe Opec oil cartel is considering deeper cuts to production next year to avert a price slump in the market as the global economy falters.Ministers from some of the world’s…

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