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Watchdog threatens to refer JD Sports takeover

Image copyright Reuters JD Sports’ takeover of Footasylum is facing greater scrutiny after the competition watchdog warned it may could result in “a worse shopping experience for customers”. The Competition and Markets Authority will refer the £90m deal to a “phase 2” investigation, which means it will take a more in-depth look at the tie-up. […]

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Sex work law change in NI ‘increased demand’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of sex workers in Northern Ireland increased from 3,351 up to 3,973 Publicity around a change to Northern Ireland’s prostitution laws caused a “surge in business”, a new report has claimed. Academics carried out a three-year review of the impact of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act […]

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Extra school cash ‘enough to reverse cuts’

Image copyright Getty Images School funding cuts in England will be reversed if the government’s three-year spending plan is implemented, an independent analysis of education budgets says. But, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says, this would return funding to the levels of 2009 only. And the think tank says in effect this would be a […]

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Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Image copyright Getty Images Coastal areas in the UK and Northern Europe will experience an increase in “compound flooding” in coming decades say researchers. These events, where storm surges and heavy rainfall combine, will become more common thanks to rising global temperatures. Devon, Cornwall and the Bristol channel may become “hotspots” with events seen more […]