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Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

Growers are already having difficulty recruiting pickers and fear it could get harder post-Brexit.

HS2 franchise: Bidder shortlist revealed

Government reveals who could run the West Coast Main Line, including HS2, and South Eastern rail franchises.

Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge

The judge in the case says the cap causes "real misery", but the government intends to appeal.

China raises heat over foreign investment

The authorities in China have reportedly stepped up efforts to clamp down on firms' overseas investment.

CMA clears Standard Life-Aberdeen Asset Management merger

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority paves the way for the deal's completion in August.

Imagination Technologies put up for sale amid Apple dispute

The UK chip designer, which is in dispute with Apple, says it is in talks with potential bidders.

Emergency services face £114m rates bill

New data shows that all emergency services will see rates bills rise, despite budgets being squeezed.

Spare landlords more tax changes, says CML

A "weak start" to 2017 in the UK buy-to-let sector leads mortgage lenders to cut their expectations.

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.

Green light for UK driverless car road trials

A demo in Nuneaton is the last in a series of trials for driverless cars before they move onto public roads.

FTSE 100 falls as oil remains under pressure

Shares in oil companies weigh on the UK share index as crude prices remain around $45 a barrel.

Wimbledon champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

The three-time champion owed a substantial sum to an investment company.

Haldane expects to vote for rate rise this year

It may be prudent to raise rates later this year, says the Bank of England's chief economist.

George Clooney's tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

It has been a busy time for the actor, whose wife Amal gave birth to twins earlier this month.

Etsy announces 140 more layoffs

The job cuts at the online marketplace come after the resignation of its chief executive.

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