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Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Science
An asteroid up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, is due to skim past the Earth on Friday.Asteroid 2018 CB will pass by at just less than one-fifth the distance between the Earth and the Moon.It was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, a Nasa-funded project to record potentially hazardous asteroids.However, while the pass is relatively close in astronomical terms, it's nowhere near enough to be a threat.The 15-40m space rock is set to make its closest approach to Earth at 22:27 GMT."Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013," said Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Media playback is unsupported...
Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Business
Black Friday helped retail sales grow by a better-than-expected 1.1% last month, official figures show.Electrical household appliances were a key factor in boosting sales.The figures appeared to allay some of the gloom surrounding the high street as rising inflation eats into household income, shaking consumer confidence.The growth reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) beat the average expectation of economists that sales volumes compared to the previous month would increase by just 0.4%.ONS senior statistician Rhian Murphy said: "Household goods stores had a good November, with a number of businesses saying that Black Friday promotions boosted sales."The 1.1% growth in November was the strongest monthly figure since April. The ONS also revised up October's reading from 0.3%...
How much? Richest man's big Black Friday boost

How much? Richest man's big Black Friday boost

Business
For most shoppers, Black Friday is a chance to save some pennies by landing a bargain.But as most of us rummage for deals, one man has come out on top - by several billion dollars.On Friday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the only person with a $ 100bn (£75bn) fortune, seeing his wealth creep up by $ 2.4bn thanks to a 2% jump in Amazon's shares.Mr Bezos is the first person to hit that level since Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 1999.Image:Bill Gates was the last person to get to $ 100bn in 1999The increase, to $ 100.3bn, is thanks in part to the clamour for Black Friday deals - Amazon shares have gone up 5% this week alone.Online sales for Black Friday are up 18.4% from last year, while the projected final spend is $ 5bn, according to Adobe Analytics.:: How to avoid getting ripped off
Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Technology
Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz. In a warehouse near Piacenza, in northern Italy, some workers walked off the job to demand "dignified salaries." The German union has been leading a push since 2013 for higher pay for some 12,000 workers in Germany, arguing Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees earn relatively high wag...
Why Britain has embraced Black Friday

Why Britain has embraced Black Friday

Business
Look around you today, and witness an outbreak of furtive shopping.People at work, on the train or maybe sitting opposite you in the living room, all looking at a screen, spending time on spending money.Today is Black Friday, a retail event that didn't even exist in this country a few years ago but now seems to have turned into a relentless machine.In shops and online, we are expected to spend around £3bn over the next few days. Black Friday, after all, doesn't actually stop until Sunday or Monday.Yes, it's a bit gaudy and no, not every retailer joins in.Marks and Spencer, for instance, have made a point of avoiding this carnival of cost-cutting, but every year, more people do seem to get involved.:: How to avoid getting ripped off on Black FridayImage:An Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel