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‘Why are electric cars more expensive?’ And more of your questions answered

[ad_1] Image copyright PA How much does it cost to run an electric car? How can I get a charging point when I don't have a driveway? Are they really better for the environment? These are just some of the many questions you have been sending us about electric cars, and with more and more manufacturers investing in and developing these vehicles, more questions are being raised. This week the
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Redundancy ‘is like a new lease of life’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images What happens if you're made redundant? One minute you're in a steady job - the next minute, your employer is showing you the door.How do you cope with the shock, overwhelming panic and the sense of betrayal? And is it possible to bounce back?Following large-scale job losses at Deutsche Bank and the threat of redundancies at William Hill, we asked BBC audience members how they
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Lady Gaga in exclusive Amazon deal to launch beauty range

[ad_1] Image copyright Haus Laboratories Image caption Lady Gaga's Haus Laboratories is the first major make-up line to launch on Amazon As an unconventional artist, Lady Gaga is taking the same approach to her new make-up line - by launching it exclusively through Amazon.The Oscar-winning songwriter's Haus Laboratories will become the first major cosmetics brand to be launched by the online retail giant.The deal means Lady Gaga's first business venture
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Pound heads for two-year low as holidays begin

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The pound is heading for two-year lows against the dollar as markets react to continuing Brexit uncertainty and signs that the UK economy is slowing.The currency fell sharply after data showed slowing sales at UK retailers and economists forecast a contraction in the economy in the second quarter.Against the dollar, the pound fell below $1.25 and was close to its lowest level since April 2017.The
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France plans ‘eco-tax’ for air fares

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters France is set to introduce an "eco-tax" for all flights from French airports, the government has said.The tax is expected to raise about €180m ($202m; £162m) from 2020, said Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.The amount of the tax will depend on the type of ticket being bought.Economy class tickets on flights within France or the EU will have a tax of €1.50 imposed. Business class tickets for
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Electric Mini production in Cowley to boost UK car industry

[ad_1] Image copyright BMW BMW has given a boost to the UK car industry by confirming that the production of its new electric Mini will start in Cowley in November.Deliveries of the brand's first fully electric car will start in March 2020.Earlier this year, a BMW board member said the company would have to consider moving car production out of the UK if there was a no-deal Brexit.But David George,
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Could the next euro crisis come from Italy?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIgnazio Visco: The markets are making us pay for uncertainty While it's easy to get distracted by trade wars or Brexit uncertainty, there's a financial iceberg on the horizon that could threaten all our well-being.Over the years, Italy's government has built up more than £2 trillion of debt - more than 130% of its annual income, or GDP. A spending binge
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Ocado says Andover fire cost more than £100m

[ad_1] Image copyright HFRS Online delivery firm Ocado has revealed that the fire which ripped through its Andover warehouse in February cost £110m.The company has already claimed millions of pounds back from its insurers and eventually expects to be able to reclaim all the cost.Even so, the cost of the fire drove it to a half-year loss of £142.8m and knocked 2% off its sales.But the company said it was
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Government faces no deal backlash by own business experts

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government's attempts to find a technological solution to its Irish border Brexit problem have run into immediate difficulties with its own business advisers. The BBC has obtained internal documents, including the terms of reference which some of its business experts are refusing to sign off on.They are concerned the terms could be used to endorse a plan of action in the event of a no-deal