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US government in shutdown
The United States government has been forced to begin closing huge numbers of non-essential public services after Republican politicians staged a series of efforts to block the Democrats’ plans to extend US healthcare insurance.
Minimum wage rises
The national minimum wage has risen to £6.31 across the UK, a rise of 12 pence. Unions are calling for a greater rise as the cost of living has increased.
Ross McEwan starts at RBS
The state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland welcomes New-Zealander Ross McEwan who succeeds Stephen Hester as chief executive.
Poundland enjoying growth
Poundland has posted a 15.6% rise in underlying year earnings, and is aiming to reach 1000 stores in the UK.
Innocent hits record profit
Drinks and ready-meal makers Innocent had a record year last year with profits up almost 200% to £12m.
Job vacancies hit four year high
Job vacancies are at their highest for four years, although salaries remain “static”, according to a new report.