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‘Sugar overload’ warning for festive hot drinks

‘Sugar overload’ warning for festive hot drinks

Health
Seasonal lattes and hot chocolates being sold by some High Street coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, a study has found. Action on Sugar analysed more than 200 drinks and found "shockingly" large amounts of sugar in many of them. Some were made using vegan-friendly alternatives to cow's milk.The "venti" (a pint) Starbucks Signature Caramel Hot Chocolate made with oat milk but topped with whipped cream had the most.It contains 23 teaspoons (93.7g) of sugar and 758 calories, which Action on Sugar says is as much as three cans of Coca-Cola or four white chocolate and strawberry muffins. Next was Caffe Nero's Grande Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate made with skimmed milk - containing 15 teaspoons (nearly 60g) ...
Younger consumers prefer digital payments this festive season: ACI study

Younger consumers prefer digital payments this festive season: ACI study

Finance
Pune: Digital payments are preferred by 42 per cent of consumers in India, leading card payments (29 per cent ) and cash (27 per cent ), according to a new online study conducted by YouGov and ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions. The study found that younger consumers preferred digital payments (42 per cent for Gen Z and 48 per cent for Millennials), but their adoption was consistent across age groups. Nearly 77 per cent of Millennials had used digital payments at least once during the festival season, compared to 72 per cent of Gen Z and 69 per cent of Gen X. Nearly half (45 per cent ) of Baby Boomers also indicated they had used digitals payments within the survey period. “Digital payments, including UPI and other eWallets, are increasin
Ahead of festive season, PSBs to go on lending spree

Ahead of festive season, PSBs to go on lending spree

Finance
NEW DELHI: In a bid to push credit before the festival season and revive growth, the government has asked state-run banks to hold open houses in 400 districts of the country, tasking them with extending credit to five new customers for every existing borrower. In addition, banks will not declare any stressed assets of MSMEs as non-performing until March 31, 2020, to help them recover. Banks have acquired Rs 9,155 crore worth of pooled assets of nonbanking finance companies and housing finance companies under the partial credit guarantee scheme, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a media briefing after reviewing the performance of state-run lenders on Thursday. Proposals for acquiring another Rs 32,000 crore under the scheme are in the pipeline. “In public view, the scheduled bank

Hotter than Page 3! Rhian Sugden strips to bra for festive flash

Entertainment
It may be cold outside, but the Page 3 babe sent fans into meltdown as she stripped down to her bra for an Instagram snap.Rhian Sugden, 32, looked sizzling hot in a plunging lacy black bra, which flaunted her curves.She teamed this with a simple silver necklace as she gave a sultry look to the camera.The blonde was also rocking a seriously glossy pout, while her fringed locks were styled poker straight. “Up and at ‘em”Rhian SugdenShe captioned the post, which racked up more than 6,000 likes, "Up and at ‘em."One fan exclaimed: "Wow, unreal," while another added: "Exquisite beauty."A third chimed in: "Absolutely stunning, love seeing your posts."The star was much more wrapped up days earlier as she prepared for Christmas.Rhian posed with new husband Oliver Mellor in m...
Festive sales cheer for value retailer B&M

Festive sales cheer for value retailer B&M

Business
Discount retailer B&M has emerged as a Christmas winner after food and other household essentials helped it grow like-for-like sales by 3.9% in the UK.Shares in the company, whose soon-to-depart chairman is former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy, rose 3% after the trading update covering the 13 weeks to 23 December.It comes a day after figures from Sir Terry’s former company fell short of City expectations, despite showing the best Christmas performance since 2010, when he was in charge.Retailers have seen mixed fortunes over the period, with food stores broadly doing well as squeezed consumers focused on essentials – leaving less left to spend on clothing and gifts at other stores.:: Christmas of contrasts for Britain's retailersB&M, which describes itself as the UK's leading general m