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House of Fraser aims to cut store rents

House of Fraser aims to cut store rents

Business
The House of Fraser department store chain has confirmed that it is seeking to reduce rents on some of its stores.The retailer confirmed that it had written to some landlords asking for their "support".The move, first reported by Sky News, suggests that it could be struggling after a tough Christmas for retailers.House of Fraser, which is due to reveal its Christmas trading figures next week, closed stores in Leicester and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, last year.Rival chain Debenhams issued a profit warning this week after reporting disappointing Christmas trading.It said like-for-like sales in the UK fell 2.6% for the 17 weeks to 30 December amid a "volatile and competitive" market.A House of Fraser spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have contacted some of our landlords asking for t...
Lyon aims to 'end careers' of England players

Lyon aims to 'end careers' of England players

Sports
Australia v England, first Ashes TestDate: 23-27 November Time: 00:00 GMT Venue: Gabba, BrisbaneCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverageOff-spinner Nathan Lyon hopes Australia can "end the careers" of some England players during the Ashes series.Graeme Swann retired in the midst of England's 5-0 defeat in 2013-14, Kevin Pietersen was discarded after the series, and Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior hardly played again. "Being part of that squad, seeing Mitchell Johnson scare them, was unbelievable," said Lyon. "We knew that they were broken. Hopefully we can recreate history."The first Ashes Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday.And, on a day w...
Uefa charges Celtic after fan runs on to pitch 'and aims kick at Mbappe'

Uefa charges Celtic after fan runs on to pitch 'and aims kick at Mbappe'

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Celtic have been charged by Uefa after a fan ran on to the pitch and appeared to aim a kick at Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.The incident happened late in the first half of Tuesday's Champions League match at Celtic Park, shortly after the visitors' third goal in a 5-0 win.PSG also face a charge after seats were damaged in the away section. The cases will be dealt with by Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body on 19 October.Police Scotland reported seven arrests at the match, including a 21-year-old man charged with alleged pitch incursion and assault.He was taken into custody, along with three other men who were accused of assault, breach of the peace and violating the offensive behaviour at football act 2012.Match report: Celtic 0-5 PSGWe played like under-12s, says Rodger...
Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Business
An independent review aims to "sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy" at a time when there are concerns about rising bills.The Government-backed study will look at how the UK can meet its climate change targets while also keeping costs down for consumers.Ministers want the country to have the lowest energy costs in Europe for households and businesses.But earlier this week there was anger when British Gas said it was putting up electricity prices by 12.5% for 3.1 million customers.The review, headed by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm, will investigate key factors affecting bills, including energy and carbon pricing, efficiency measures and regulation.He said: "My review will be independent and sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy, and make...