COMPANIES

UK consumer confidence improves thanks to stronger view of economy

UK consumers are ignoring concerns about their personal finances and taking confidence from the wider economy’s resilience, research revealed on Friday. The GfK consumer confidence index rose a point to -9, up from a negative balance of -10 in August and building on an upward shift of two points in July. But confidence in personal finances, current and future, slipped ...

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Disney is using brand-safety concerns to push its family-friendly media

Disney owns some of the most premium online content to advertise on, but it hasn’t tried to fully capitalize on it until now. After restructuring its sales team, trimming its Maker Studios influencer business and launching its own ad network in recent months, the media conglomerate is making its biggest push yet for digital ad budgets. Disney’s commercial executives are ...

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Equifax Vows Improved Consumer Access to Credit Records

Equifax Inc. promised to make it easier for consumers to control access to their credit records in the wake of the company’s massive breach after the top U.S. consumer financial watchdog called on the industry to introduce such a system. Equifax’s interim chief executive officer, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., vowed to introduce a free service by Jan. 31 that ...

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Farmers to be offered 20 year contracts to grow energy crops

Mr Naughten said the final details are being firmed up ahead of the Budget but they would press ahead with an RHI scheme to encourage industry and businesses to move towards greener tech­nologies. “It is also important that we don’t repeat some of the mistakes that we have had in other jurisdictions,” said the minister, referring to the costly ‘loophole’ ...

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Brunei Leads APEC in Science and Tech Female Graduates

Brunei leads the pack in Asia-Pacific for its high share of women graduates in science, technology, engineering and math. Almost half of the graduates are female, compared with just 32 percent in the U.S, according to a report published by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation this week. The country of 417,200 people had fewer men than women among tertiary students as of 2015, ...

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Newspaper headlines: Benefit credit call and energy prices cap

Image caption The Daily Telegraph says the government’s welfare reforms have been thrown into jeopardy after 12 Conservative MPs wrote a private letter to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit. The overhaul of benefits has been planned by the Conservatives since 2010 but has been beset by delays and cabinet rows ...

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Advertising Week Briefing: Media’s got a trust problem

You can exhale now. Another Advertising Week has come and gone. Read on for what you might have missed, plus our awards for the best and worst of what we saw and heard this week. Trust failWhen it comes to integrity and transparency, there is still widespread distrust across the entire ad supply chain. While solutions were few and far ...

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The energy is back on BP’s trading floor after Harvey

Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle Many of the BP’s Helios building trading floor employees have reported back to the campus after Hurricane Harvey Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Houston. ( Steve Gonzales / Houston Chronicle ) Many of the BP’s Helios building trading floor employees have reported back to the campus after Hurricane Harvey Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Houston. ...

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India among highest greenhouse gas emitters in 2016, big coal consumer | india-news

Despite the Narendra Modi government’s claims of being committed to the Paris Climate Agreement, India registered one of the largest increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2016, in contrast to the other major emitters, which either saw decreases or stable emissions. India’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by an alarming 4.7% in 2016, compared to the previous year, the report ...

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Elizabeth Arden rolls out China travel retail campaign

Elizabeth Arden kicked off a China travel retail campaign, partnering with China duty free retail operators CDFG, Sunrise Duty Free, CNSC and Zhuhai Duty Free. The campaign links social media and online activations to the airport retail stores, driving footfall and purchase intent. To bring the campaign to life, Elizabeth Arden has partnered with Chinese fashion and beauty blogger and ...

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