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Upmarket tonic water maker Fever-Tree continues to sparkle


The posh mixers producer saw its shares move to a record high after itunveiled a 75 per cent leap in its UK half-year sales and said they would rise approximately by 118 per cent for the full-year.

FTSE CLOSE: Footsie finishes flat and pound hits $1.25


By late afternoon the FTSE 100 was up 4 points at 7,155.6 in an eventful session that kicked off with fund manager Gina Miller winning her case against the Government.

Is it worth getting an Amazon reward credit card?


The Amazon Platinum Mastercard pays one point for every £2 spent on the card with a boosted rate of 1.5 points for every £2 spent with the online retailer.

When will UK interest rates rise?


Inflation pushed up to a higher than expected 1.6 per cent in December, but pressure remains within the range that the Bank of England is expected to disregard in its interest rate decisions.

Perplexed by your pension? Here's what you need to do


Pensioners now enjoy more flexibility on how to access their savings after they retire than ever before. But so much choice can make finding the right option confusing - we shed some light on the matter.

BT chief to resign after accounting scandal at Italian arm


According to media reports, Corrado Sciolla, President of Continental Europe, could resign as early as today. He has held the position for three years.

SMALL CAP IDEAS: The pharma companies to keep an eye on


Here we look at four lesser-known juniors companies that have drugs in phase-III that are looking to 2017 as a pivotal year.

Pounds falls after judges end prospect of Brexit block


Sterling was trading 0.8 per cent down against the dollar at 1.24 following the unanimous verdict from Supreme Court judges that the devolved assemblies do not get a veto on triggering Article 50.

Paris introduces a new eco-sticker system for vehicles


The Crit-Air scheme now in force in Paris requires all vehicles to display a round sticker in the windscreen to confirm which emissions group the vehicle fits into.

Dixons shares slide on fears it will struggle in 2017


The group notched up a 6 per cent surge in like-for-like sales over the 10 weeks to January thanks to 'ground-breaking' deals.

Post Office agrees deal to up banking presence across UK


The Post Office and major high street banks have agreed a deal which has been described at the 'biggest expansion in face-to-face banking access in a generation'.

EasyJet shares plunge as weaker pound weigh on profit


The second biggest budget airline in Europe after Ryanair said its pre-tax profit for the current financial year would take a £105million hit instead of £90million as previously expected.

Pick the best (and cheapest) investment Isa platform


Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and changes to charges have left many investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best.

Huge rise in cybercrime pushes value of UK fraud to £1.1bn


Some £124million were stolen by hackers and criminals over the internet last year - a 1,266 per cent jump compared to 2015, according to a report by KPMG.

How do I turn cash and investments into retirement income?


In our series Money Pit Stop, we ask an investing expert to give a free portfolio makeover. This week, a 60-year-old fireman wants to boost his investment income and take holidays.

My TV was smashed by ‘Parcel Farce’


Parcel Force asked us to submit several documents and then told us it didn't cover televisions in its compensation scheme, even though we sent the TV in its original packaging.

I lent a friend £25k, now he's ignoring me, what can I do?


When I lent my friend the £25,000 I never thought there would be a problem with him paying me back, as we both agreed I would need it by the time I retired.

Michael Lewis tells us why the experts always get it wrong


When Michael Lewis pieced together his latest book, he came to one glaring realisation: that most expertise is utter hooey. Alex Brummer meets the author to find out more.

Holidaymakers urged to check small print of winter sports 


Of the 880 annual travel insurance policies on the market only 15 per cent include winter sports cover as standard and just four per cent of single policies do, according to new research.

DAILY BRIEFING: Hedge funds bet commodities are on the up


Safestyle said it had grown its market share after installing 62,989 frames in the year, some 4.7 per cent more than a year ago. But N+1 Singer cut the stock to a 'hold' amid concerns of competition.