Asda sales growth slows amid ‘challenging’ trade

Image copyright Reuters Supermarket chain Asda has reported a slowdown in sales growth amid another “challenging year” for retailers. In the final three months of 2018, like-for-like sales grew 1%, compared with a 2% rise in the previous quarter. Asda chief executive Roger Burnley said that Brexit uncertainties were “playing on our customers’ minds”. Asda […]

Brexit: Prime minister to go back to Brussels on Wednesday

Image copyright PA Theresa May will return to Brussels on Wednesday to continue talks on her Brexit deal. She will meet the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Earlier, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay updated Cabinet on talks with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The meeting, on the issue of the Irish backstop, was […]

Nicaraguan activists sentenced to more than 200 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Farmers leader Medardo Mairena took part in talks on how to Two opposition activists in Nicaragua have been sentenced to more than 200 years in prison over their participation in anti-government protests last year. Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena were found guilty of “terrorism”. More than 320 people were killed […]

Fashion designer Lagerfeld dead at 85

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Karl Lagerfeld once called himself “the Joan of Arc of design” Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85, in Paris, French media have reported. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures in the industry, […]

Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

Image copyright Getty Images Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company builds 150,000 Honda Civics in Swindon a year, of which some 90% are exported to the EU. The decision comes just weeks after Nissan switched plans to build its […]

Labour warned more MPs ‘thinking hard’ about futures

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMPs resign from Labour over Brexit and anti-Semitism More Labour MPs could quit the party unless it listens to their concerns, Jeremy Corbyn has been warned. Following the decision of seven Labour MPs to walk out on Monday, colleagues expressed anger with the leadership during a “tense” […]

Could hackers ‘brainjack’ your memories in future?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could technologies of the future allow hackers into precious corners of our minds? Imagine being able to scroll through your memories like an Instagram feed, reliving with vivid details your favourite life moments and backing up the dearest ones. Now imagine a dystopian version of the same future in […]