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Vauxhall to build new Vivaro van at Luton

Vauxhall’s French parent company PSA has announced an investment in its Luton van-making plant which could eventually see Peugeot and Citroen-branded vans made in the UK. PSA said Vauxhall’s next Vivaro van would be built at the Luton plant. The investment, which PSA said it made “despite Brexit uncertainties”, secures …

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Could non-alcoholic gin ever be as good as the real thing?

It’s 13:00 on a Wednesday lunchtime and in the Palace of Westminster, a very lively drinks party is in full swing. In the gracious surroundings of the wood-panelled Jubilee Room, corks are popped, beer is guzzled and lemons fizz in free-flowing G&Ts. But despite the prodigious volume of liquid being …

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A pair of glasses to see a better future

The turning point might be that moment when you’re struggling to read the small print of the cooking instructions. Or else it might be when you’re straining to read messages on your mobile phone or decipher a map – and have to hold them further and further away, screwing up …

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UK car registrations plunge in March

Car registrations plunged in March, according to figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Preliminary data shows the UK new car market shrank by 15.7% last month compared with 2017. Demand for diesel vehicles fell 37%, but demand for petrol was flat and that for …

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Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made

When engineer Lukasz Cejrowski finally saw the world’s largest wind turbine blades installed on a prototype tower in 2016, he stood in front of it and took a selfie. Obviously. “It was amazing,” he says, recalling the moment with a laugh. “The feeling of happiness – ‘Yes, it works, it’s …

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Not a trade ‘war’ but a trade ‘dance’

President Trump has tweeted the US is “not in a trade war with China”. The Chinese say they don’t want a trade war either. But both sides don’t appear to be backing down from their list of demands. So if it’s not a trade war – is this a trade …

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What next for Trump’s trade agenda?

There’s no doubt about the big question that looms now for international trade officials. It is: what can they expect next from the United States under President Trump? For decades after the Second World War, the US was arguably the biggest cheerleader for the gradual liberalisation of trade that took …

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Australia’s biggest winemaker bought by US equity firm

Australia’s biggest winemaker, Accolade Wines, is to be bought by a US private equity firm. The Carlyle Group has agreed to buy the maker of Hardys wine from Australia’s Champ Private Equity for 1bn Australian dollars ($769m; £546m). The deal comes as Australia’s wine exports to China, its biggest market, …

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