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Wetherspoon profits to take £40m hit in run-up to Brexit

Wetherspoon profits to take £40m hit in run-up to Brexit

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter JD Wetherspoon has warned its half-year profits will take a hit from at least £40m in additional costs in the run-up to the UK's departure from the EU.The pub chain's chairman Tim Martin - a champion of the Brexit cause - also told Sky News it was "b*******" to suggest that the spending slowdown facing the wider high street was linked to consumer caution over Brexit. He used the company's second-quarter trading update to tell investors that a series of cost pressures would combine to hit its bottom line.Mr Martin wrote: "Sales growth has been strong since our last update. Costs, as previously indicated, are considerably higher than the previous year, especially labour, which has increased by about £30m in the...
Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Science
A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon's surface.The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January.Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the region's geology.The Chang'e-4 mission is the first to explore the Moon's far side from the surface. The rover has just awoken from a period on "standby".Controllers placed it in this mode shortly after the touchdown as a precaution against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its highest point over th...
Holiday spending could take up to 5 years to pay off: Report

Holiday spending could take up to 5 years to pay off: Report

Finance
Consumers were rightfully feeling merry about the holidays, but the ensuing debt hangover — along with a market downturn, rising interest rates and a government shutdown that's now in its third week — could dampen all of that cheer. While the surge in spending last month may have contributed to the best holiday shopping season in years, Americans racked up more than $ 1,000 in holiday debt at the end of last year, according to MagnifyMoney's annual post-holiday debt survey. On top of that, 28 percent of shoppers went in to the season still paying off debt from 2017's festivities. Even still, most Americans continu...
Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Health
Fewer than half of people eligible for a NHS health check in England have taken up the offer, despite it being free to everyone over 40.The routine check can pick up heart problems early and help to prevent dementia, plus highlight the need to stop smoking, NHS England said.The check-up takes 20 minutes and is carried out by a GP or nurse.It involves tests on blood pressure, weight and height, and is offered every five years up to the age of 74.Around 7.15 million people have had a free health check since 2013, yet 15 million are eligible, NHS stats show.NHS England said identifying people with an irregular heartbeat or high blood pressure and giving them treatment would help to prevent dangerous blood clots which could lead to s...
Liverpool transfer news: Sporting Lisbon make approach to take youngster Rafa Camacho on loan in January

Liverpool transfer news: Sporting Lisbon make approach to take youngster Rafa Camacho on loan in January

Sports
CAMACHGO The 18-year-old has progressed well since being promoted to train at Melwood on a permanent basis and was in good form on the Reds' pre-season tour of America Liverpool youngster Rafa Camacho could be on his way back to Sporting Lisbon after the Portuguese club reportedly made an approach to sign him on loan in January. Camacho, 18, has made excellent progress since being promoted to train at Melwood on a permanent basis and impressed during the Reds’ pre-season tour of America. Camacho in action for Liverpool against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup last summer He has also played a huge role in the club’s UEFA Youth League campaign. And according to the Liverpool Echo, Sporting have enquired about ...