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Fall in employment rate spells end of UK jobs boom
Workers at a Jaguar Land Rover factory. Photograph: Abel Mitja Varela/Morsa Images/Getty Images. UK unemployment and employment statistics.
UK retail sales jump unexpectedly in November aided by Black Friday bargain ...  The Independent
Retail bonanza as Black Friday shoppers boost high streets  City A.M.
Financial Times  
Size does matter: wine glasses are seven times larger than they used to be
In the 1700s the average-sized wine glass could hold just 66ml of the tipple. Today it's not unusual to be handed a glass that holds almost half a litre.
How wine glasses have DOUBLED in size since the 1990s and 'are driving ...  Daily Mail
Wine glass capacity 'increased significantly' over last 300 years ...  Swindon Advertiser
Business Breakfast RECAP: Mike Ashley's Sports Direct sees profits plunge 67%
I'm Jonathon Manning and I'm running the live blog this week, to bring you updates on all the breaking business news from across the North East and beyond.
Sports Direct on track, says Mike Ashley as profits plunge 68%  The Times
Sports Direct - Cost cuts support lacklustre sales  Hargreaves Lansdown
Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi
LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Weakness in bank stocks dragged European shares lower on Thursday as the financial sector caught the cold from U.S.
UK retailers get Black Friday boost; eurozone growth hits 82-month high ...  The Guardian
Fed hikes again as attention turns to BOE and ECB  CMC Markets
UK house prices flat in November but will pick up in 2018
British house prices were flat for the first time in more than four years during the past three months, a closely watched industry survey showed on Thursday, as falling prices in London and nearby areas dragged down the national average.
London gloomy, but UK housing market stabilises in November – RICS  Financial Times
RICS: UK house prices remain "broadly flat"  The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
World's richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half
The Monaco Yacht Show. The richest 1% of the global population captured 27% of the world's wealth growth between 1980 and 2016.
Is the world becoming more unequal? And other questions, answered  Financial Times
Thomas Piketty says the US is setting a bad example on inequality for the world  Quartz
Net neutrality: The internet holds its breath
On Thursday a vote will almost certainly remove a protection that some believe preserves the very fabric of the internet. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for you?
As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments  NPR
Why Canada's net neutrality fight hasn't been as fierce as the one ...  CBC.ca
Three cars damaged … but bang goes any compensation
Admitting the damage: but when a convoy of trolleys damaged a car in a Sainsbury's car park there was excuse after excuse. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images.
Cheaper car insurance for weekly shoppers, Sainsburys and Tesco announce  Telegraph.co.uk
Want cheaper British car insurance? Mind how you shop  Business Insider
Link says it is 'committed to maintaining geographical cobverage of free ATMs'
ATM network Link has moved to offer assurances following concerns over the future availability of free-to-use cash machines. Free-to-use ATMs which are a kilometre or more from the next nearest non-charging cash machine will be protected, as part of a ...
Link says it will prevent ATM deserts  The Times
Threat to rural cash machines is lifted after firm U-turns on fees: ATMs ...  Daily Mail
Ocado blames driver shortage for sales slowdown
Ocado's retail revenue growth slowed to 11.6% in its fourth quarter, down from 13.1% in the previous three months. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA.
Ocado sees sales growth knocked by driver shortage  Belfast Telegraph
Ocado warns of a shortage of drivers  The Times