UK manufacturing growth ‘accelerates’ – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated last month, according to a closely watched survey, with output, orders and employment all picking up. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in August from 55.3 in July. A figure above 50 indicates expansion. The PMI reading was the […]

UK petrol prices could jump after Hurricane Harvey, RAC says – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images The price of unleaded petrol could surpass that of diesel in the coming days as a result of the disruption caused by Hurricane Harvey in the US, the RAC has warned. The drivers’ association said the price of a litre of unleaded in the UK could rise by up to 4p, […]

Car makers offer scrappage deals in race for new customers – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Renault-Nissan and Kia are the latest car companies to launch car trade-in schemes, aimed at persuading UK customers to swap older, more polluting, car models for new ones. Earlier Volkswagen and Toyota announced diesel scrappage schemes, joining BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall who have all launched schemes. The car companies […]

VW and Toyota join rivals with diesel scrappage schemes – BBC News

Image copyright JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/Getty Images Volkswagen and Toyota have joined rival carmakers in launching their own diesel scrappage schemes in the UK. Competitors in the UK, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall have already launched schemes. VW will give discounts of up to £6,000 to trade in diesel vehicles when buying a new car. […]

Summer washout drowns hopes of UK wildlife bonanza – The Guardian

The summer holiday washout wiped out a much needed bumper season for wildlife across the UK, according to wildlife experts at the National Trust. A normal winter and balmy spring provided ideal conditions for birds, insects and plants but the heavy rains that rolled in during August dampened the promised bonanza. However, the weather patterns […]

UK needs to perform thousands more obesity operations, say surgeons – The Guardian

Thousands more stomach-shrinking operations need to be carried out in the UK, say surgeons, who warn the country is lagging behind the rest of Europe despite the toll being taken on people’s health and warnings that the obesity crisis could bankrupt the NHS. Reducing stomach size prevents people eating more than small amounts at a […]

Nine G4S staff at immigration removal suspended – BBC News

Image caption Brook House, near Gatwick Airport, holds detainees facing deportation from the UK G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation. The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held […]

Brexit: UK ‘must not allow itself to be blackmailed’ – BBC News

Image copyright PA The UK must not allow itself to be blackmailed by the EU over its Brexit “divorce bill” in order to start trade talks, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said. He said a bad Brexit deal would damage both British and European companies. Businesses have become impatient with the slow progress of […]

VW launches new UK diesel scrappage scheme – BBC News

Image copyright JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/Getty Images Volkswagen UK is offering customers discounts of up to £6,000 to trade in diesel vehicles when buying a new car. All the Volkswagen UK brands – including Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – will participate. VW launched a more generous scheme in Germany in August in the wake […]

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