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Tesco delays Clubcard changes after customer backlash
Tesco has delayed changes to its Clubcard rewards scheme after a backlash from customers who objected to it reducing the value of vouchers without warning.
Tesco backtracks on changes to Clubcard scheme following backlash  The Independent
Tesco delays Clubcard rewards cut after backlash  BBC News
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Carillion bosses' bonuses and severance pay stopped
The bosses of the collapsed UK construction company Carillion have been stripped of bonus and severance payments following a public outcry.
'Flimsy' reassurances anger unions as creditors brace for Carillion ...  The Guardian
Carillion directors have payments pulled as Government agrees wage deal for ...  Telegraph.co.uk
Opening Quote: Outsourcing concerns spread to Interserve
Another 24 hours into the liquidation of Carillion, and the crisis seems to spread wider by the minute. Last night came news that another contractor, Interserve, has been put on financial health watch by government, as concerns about outsourcing work ...
Interserve is not the next Carillion, says UK government  The Guardian
Government reassures over supplier Interserve  BBC News
RBS stands by branch closure decision
RBS bosses have refused to reconsider controversial branch closures despite widespread cross-party criticism. MPs on a Westminster committee said the response to the bank's plans to shut 62 of its branches in Scotland was "overwhelmingly negative".
'You have to let customers hang themselves,' rogue RBS unit said  Financial Times
'Let Customers Hang Themselves': Secret RBS Memo Sent In The Wake Of ...  HuffPost UK
GKN should be no pushover as Melrose bid turns hostile
You cannot blame Melrose Industries for firing off its �7bn hostile offer for GKN, the UK's last big automotive and aerospace combo, after less than a week of informal exchanges.
Melrose could win more from GKN by winning friends  Financial Times
GKN rejects Melrose's �8.5bn hostile bid  Telegraph.co.uk
Two-thirds of UK gender pay gap remains 'unexplained'
Observed differences between men and women in terms of age, the types of jobs they do and the companies they work for can explain only a small part of the gender pay gap, according to a new report by the Office for National Statistics.
Two-thirds of the UK's gender pay gap cannot be explained, says the ONS  City A.M.
Gender pay gap widens as women get older – ONS report  Belfast Telegraph
Not taking the biscuit: MPs decline 'unsolicited' gifts from 2 Sisters boss
A parliamentary inquiry into food standards at 2 Sisters Food Group took a bizarre turn on Wednesday when a select committee accused the chicken processor of an “attempt to impugn” its impartiality by sending MPs “unsolicited” biscuits.
Christmas biscuits from "Chicken King" Ranjit Bopara not ...  City A.M.
Food tycoon Ranjit Boparan's wrist slapped over sending unsolicited ...  Telegraph.co.uk
Bitcoin rebounds after dipping below US$10000 in unpredictable white-knuckle ride
Bitcoin's wild start to 2018 turned breakneck on Wednesday, with the largest cryptocurrency plunging below US$10,000 (HK$78,177) for the first time in six weeks before staging a rally to trade virtually unchanged.
Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10K US  CBC.ca
Bitcoin watchers blame the cryptocurrency's slump on the moon  Los Angeles Times
EDF could build second nuclear plant 'for 20% less than Hinkley Point'
EDF Energy has claimed it could build a second new nuclear power station in Britain that would be 20% cheaper than the �20bn Hinkley Point C project under construction in Somerset.
EDF sees UK Hinkley C nuclear plant online by end of 2025  Reuters UK
EDF in talks with funds to finance next nuclear project, which could cost ...  Telegraph.co.uk
M25 could be rerouted under new Heathrow runway if plans get green light
The latest plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport suggest rerouting the M25 through a tunnel. This, the airport says, would involve lowering the country's busiest motorway by seven metres between junctions 14 and 15.
Virgin Atlantic seeks passenger charges guarantee from Heathrow  Travel Weekly UK
Heathrow plans shorter new runway to reduce disruption  The Times