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Debit card payments more popular than cash.

Mon 18 Jun 2018, 11:56 am by papa_umau

Debit card payments have overtaken cash use for the first time, new figures show, as contactless technology takes a firm hold on day-to-day spending.

A total of 13.2 billion debit card payments were made last year, a rise of 14% on the previous year, according to banking trade body UK Finance.

That outstripped the 13.1 billion cash payments made, as the use of notes and coins dropped by 15%.



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Loughborough Junction: Three killed by train in south London.

Mon 18 Jun 2018, 12:03 pm by papa_umau

Three people have died after being struck by a train near Loughborough Junction station in south London.

The deaths are being treated as "unexplained" and police said they were investigating how the three people came to be on the tracks.

Emergency services were called to the station, near Brixton, at about 07:30 BST to reports of multiple bodies.

London Ambulance Service paramedics attended, …

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Trump Kim summit: US president hails deal after historic summit.

Tue 12 Jun 2018, 12:17 pm by papa_umau

The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

But in an extraordinary media conference later, Mr Trump announced details not in the paper.

He said he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession.

The meeting was the first time a sitting US president has met North Korea's leader, and caps a remarkable …

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Poundworld enters administration after rescue talks fail.

Mon 11 Jun 2018, 11:59 am by papa_umau

Discount retailer Poundworld has appointed administrators, putting 5,100 jobs at risk.

The move came after talks with a potential buyer, R Capital, collapsed leaving Poundworld with no option other than administration.

Poundworld, which serves two million customers a week from 355 stores, also trades under the Bargain Buys name.

Administrators Deloitte stress the stores will continue to trade …

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WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey.

Mon 28 May 2018, 12:29 pm by papa_umau

WH Smith has been voted the worst retailer on the UK High Street in a survey of more than 10,000 consumers.

Customers complained the shops were out-of-date, products were expensive and staff were rude in the survey by consumer group Which?

Cosmetics chain Lush, discounter Savers and toy chain Smyths Toys came top in the survey, which asked shoppers for their thoughts on about 100 retailers.

WH …

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Petrol prices in record monthly rise, says RAC.

Tue 05 Jun 2018, 11:48 am by papa_umau

Petrol prices rose by 6p a litre in May - the biggest monthly increase since the RAC began tracking prices 18 years ago.

Average petrol prices hit 129.4p a litre, while average diesel prices also rose by 6p to 132.3p a litre.

The RAC said a "punitive combination" of higher crude oil prices and a weaker pound was to blame for the increases.

It pointed out that oil prices broke through the …

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Grenfell Tower: 'Stay put' advice failed, says expert.

Mon 04 Jun 2018, 12:13 pm by papa_umau

Advice to "stay put" during the Grenfell Tower fire had "effectively failed" within around half an hour of the blaze starting, a report has found.

Dr Barbara Lane said there was "an early need for total evacuation of Grenfell Tower", but she added it was not an "easy decision to make".

Her comments are in one of five reports published at the start of the fact-finding stage of the public …

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NI abortion law: Reform 'a feminist test for May'.

Tue 29 May 2018, 11:49 am by papa_umau

Labour has challenged Theresa May to show she really is a feminist by backing reform of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law.

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti said women in Northern Ireland "have been let down by privileged women and men for too long".

She said the PM was a "self-identifying feminist" and "the test of feminists is whether they stick up for all women".

Following …

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Megan Markle confirms that her father will not attend her wedding.

Thu 17 May 2018, 12:10 pm by papa_umau

Royal wedding 2018: Meghan Markle's father will not attend

In a statement, she said she had "always cared" for her father and hoped he could be given the space he needed to focus on his health.

In recent days, doubts had been raised over whether Thomas Markle would be at the wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle.

On Wednesday, it was reported that he had to undergo heart surgery.




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