Supermarket sales drop again

Supermarkets have seen the worst set of sales in two years, with analysts pointing squarely at a spate of lousy weather, rather than life outside of the European Union. Although, the markets may still wobble over that in due course. Kantar Worldpanel say that the grocery market has dropped by 1.1% in the four weeks…

More Southern Rail strikes?

There's more bother regarding Southern Rail, with the threat of fresh strikes looming, concerning pay and jobs. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said they were asking their members at Govia Thameslink Railway about the impact of plans to close ticket offices. This is a separate dispute with Southern, which regards the changing of…

Google to help emergency services

Google want to help out the emergency services by providing the location of callers who ring 999. Google say: "When emergency services get a call, they need to know the caller's location to send help and save lives. Today, over 70 per cent of calls to emergency services come from mobile phones, but locating these…

HMRC warned over understaffing tax helplines

MPs have warned HMRC about understaffing their tax helplines, saying that they can't risk a “collapse in customer service", amid a digital revamp. The public accounts committee has told the tax office not to "underestimate the demand for telephone contact", as HMRC look to cut costs of the personal tax services by 34% by 2021.…

Which apps are draining your battery?

Battery life on your smartphone is something that concerns most people, because we're all messing around on our phones with such great frequency. If you want to get more out of your battery life, then there's a bunch of apps that you might want to cut down on, as they're the biggest drain around. There's…

Furby is back for Christmas

Remember Furbies? With their dead eyes and robot beaks? Well, they're back and they're already being hyped up as a must-have Christmas present. And they're not cheap. If you're thinking of getting your child one, you might need to start saving now. Of course, this is 2016, so Furby comes with a few changes this…

Credit card holders to be texted when deals end

Around 5 million credit card holders are going to be getting texts and emails when introductory deals end, and when new (often rip-off) fees kick in. This is all thanks to a new crackdown by City watchdogs, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Basically, if you've been wooed with a good deal on a credit card,…

Tesco to remove some John West tuna

Tesco have said that they're going to be removing some John West tuna products over sustainability concerns. John West have failed to meet Tesco's sustainability standards, after the supermarket said that they'd only stock tuna that was caught via the pole and line method. "We wanted to take our commitments on quality sustainable tuna further,…

Starbucks to dress staff like hipsters

Do you get your coffee from the local hipster joint, where lads have beard that take 45 minutes to comb, and ladies with glasses more expensive than your entire wardrobe? Well, Starbucks want to get in on that action, and have updated their dress code so it looks a bit more 'bespoke', even if the…

RBS may charge to keep money in accounts

The financial situation, post EU Referendum, is frankly, a mess. The Bank of England are weighing up whether or not to cut base rates below zero, and as a result, RBS Group have issued a warning that customers could be charged for their accounts, even if they're in credit. That's a negative interest rate, for…

Closure dates for your local BHS

If you're thinking of diving into a BHS store, and grabbing a bargain while they clear their stock, you'll need to act quickly, as they are pulling the shutters down, fast. The administrators of BHS - Duff & Phelps - have said that all BHS stores will be closed forever, within four weeks. There's still…

Sonic gets new Mega Drive for 25th birthday

Retro-gaming is a decent business, as people relive their glory years on old consoles. Nintendo are offering a mini-NES which looks like fun, and now, to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th birthday, Sega is going to put out a special Mega Drive. This is from British company, Funstock Retro, who announced the throwback console, and…

Openreach to be split within BT

Ofcom have made their announcement about BT and the mess surrounding Openreach. They have said that Openreach must split within BT Group, in a bid to get things moving quickly and better for everyone, including BT's rivals. There were calls to have the broadband wing split entirely from BT, but the request for a partial…

Cheap holidays through firm's 'cancellation desk'

Holidays can be an expensive affair, so anything that helps out is more than welcome. Well, one company have opened a 'cancelled deals desk', which means you can grab a holiday deal that could see you getting up to 60% off. Of course, it helps to the company too, as they get to fill their…

BT offer partial split to regulators

The chairman of BT, Sir Mike Rake, doesn't want to see BT and Openreach being split up by authorities. So, in an attempt to stop this from happening, he's had an idea. BT have suggested that they could set up an independent board and chairman to run Openreach, in a bid to appease BT's rivals…