Ryanair profits rise 10%




Net profit for the six months to end the of September rose to €596m from €544m a year ago thanks to higher fares and a lower fuel bill Ryanair said profit in the first half jumped 10%, beating expectations thanks to higher fares and a lower fuel bill, prompting Europe’s biggest budget airline to raise […]







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House sales suffer Olympic distraction




Rics says number of new instructions in August was unchanged from July, while prices continued to edge lower The number of potential homebuyers viewing properties dipped in August as the Olympics provided a distraction, although overall sales held firm, according to the latest report by surveyors. In the three months to August, chartered surveyors sold […]







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David Cameron thanks Armed Forces, police and Olympic volunteers




The Prime Minister David Cameron has today thanked Olympics volunteers, members of the Armed Forces, police and others who made the Games possible, describing them as ‘the very best of Britain.’ After the Paralympic Games concludes, the Government will issue those members of the Armed Forces and the Police involved with a commemorative coin to […]







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PM puts the Olympic spotlight on global hunger and malnutrition




Prime Minister David Cameron and Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil will challenge world leaders to improve the lives of 170 million malnourished children around the globe at a hunger summit hosted at Number 10 tomorrow. Almost one in three of the world’s poorest children cannot reach their full potential due to malnutrition. As the […]







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Olympic Games have shown world what Britain is made of, says Cameron




Prime minister vows that London 2012 will have positive effect on UK economy as he boasts of sporting and social legacy David Cameron has declared that Britain has “shown the world what we are made of” and vowed that the success of the Olympics would leave a positive legacy for sport, volunteering and the British […]







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Retailers fail to get Olympics boost in ‘lacklustre’ July




High-street sales hit by mix of wet weather and lower inflation while Olympic Games benefit blip fails to materialise Retailers suffered a disappointing July as a slight boost from the Olympics failed to make up for the impact of wet weather and lower inflation, which reduced overall takings.Sales values edged up 0.1% higher on a […]







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London 2012: Westfield Stratford shopping centre to close this weekend




Organisers to shut retail centre to manage larger crowds attending events at Olympic Park as athletics begins The Westfield Stratford shopping centre will be closed to the general public on Friday and Saturday in order to manage crowds of 200,000 streaming to the Olympic Park, London 2012 organisers have announced. The cavernous shopping centre adjacent […]







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The Olympics by numbers in the north




Scepticism remains but there has been a gradual shift, as excitement mounts and the prospect of a national tonic is more widely shared. The Guardian Northerner‘s political commentator Ed Jacobs reports It has been over seven years in the making. In just a few hours’ time the curtain lifts on – depending on your point […]







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Mitt Romney’s Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama




Republican candidate backtracks on warning of ‘disconcerting’ signs for Games after rebukes by British PM and London mayor Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potential gift for the US presidential election campaign when the presumptive Republican nominee blundered on his first diplomatic outing by questioning whether London was capable of staging a successful Olympic Games. […]







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G4S staff ‘cheat’ on tests to run x-ray scanners at Olympic Games




Recruits given several chances to pass exams on bomb detection – but just 20 minutes training on machines ‘It was easy to miss something and I did – a bomb in the bag’ The credibility of the Olympic security operation being run by G4S is called into further question by claims that scores of trainees […]







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