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Biggest companies grown amount they repay investors

Number crunching from investment platform AJ Bell found that a total of 27 firms in the FTSE 100 have raised their dividends over the last ten years, in what investment director Russ Mould calls a 'very good sign for patient, long-term investors'. These companies have all paid back more to investors despite being threatened by events such last June's Brexit vote and the surprise election of Donald Trump.

The cost of a package holiday could jump by 9 per cent next year, according to analysis of two of the country's biggest tour operators.

Investors bidding BILLIONS to transform the UK high street

Some of the UK's biggest investment firms are placing a multi-billion pound bet that is triggering a startling rejuvenation of many neglected town centres. Customers have been turning their backs on local high streets to spend more cash at accessible out-of-town retail developments and on the internet. However, many towns are now poised to get an overdue new lease of life as councils work on ambitious plans to turn around the fortunes of high streets by throwing the doors open to big money from the City.

Supermarkets frighten shoppers into throwing away perfectly good food by using 'best-before' labels. We reveal some of their sneaky secrets and how to beat the shops at their own game.

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China eyes bid for UK chip maker Imagination Technologies

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners has held talks about a potential bid for the whole of Imagination or parts of its business. It is reportedly one of several Chinese firms looking at a bid. Imagination, once the UK's most valuable tech firm worth £2bn, was forced to put itself up for sale after seeing almost £500m wiped off its value in just one day in April. It is now worth just £408m.

Britain's third biggest supermarket is reportedly in the early stages of assessing a bid for B&M;, the bargain houseware chain run by billionaire siblings Simon and Bobby Arora.

The firm, which makes bras and swimwear for big-breasted women, is planning to open its first store on the East coast next year.

A lock-up period which has prevented shareholders who backed Snapchat at its IPO from cashing in their stake will expire on Saturday.

Antique printing machines still in use today by Revenue & Customs are a throwback to bygone days and should be abolished, the Office of Tax Simplification is urging.

Online flights search engine Skyscanner increased its turnover by 44 per cent last year as the company expanded to include hotel and car hire.

The new Range Rover Velar with real fjord focus 

Ray Massey was among the first journalists in the world to drive the new five-seater Range Rover Velar its global dynamic launch in Scandinavia. Norway was chosen to demonstrate the Velar's ability in a land renowned for its beautiful but tough and challenging terrain - over rivers, ferried over Fjords, and scrambling up and down the steepest mountains in a land famed for mythical giant Trolls and powerful Norse gods like Thor.

This Government and future administrations will continue to look at ways of cutting the cost of providing a state pension to help see us through old age.

Prices have risen since the referendum on Brexit last year and as we report below there is more to come with package holidays set to cost us all more, too, writes Jon Rees.

Internet domain name firm has .buy written all over it 

Centralnic is a big player in a vital part of the internet. The firm owns and sells top-level domain name suffixes, the letters that immediately follow the dot on website addresses. Its share price is 51½p and this should rise considerably as the business expands. The first top-level domain (TLD) was .mil for the US military. Then American universities were given .edu and the US department of commerce .com. That was back in 1984. Country codes were also established, such as .fr for France. Few people back then had any idea how integral the internet would become to everyday lives, so a number of countries sold their codes to the first available buyer.

This week, Midas takes a look at CentralNic, the Sunday Telegraph mines the data on Glencore while the Sunday Times considers whether it's time to build an investment in Morgan Sindall.

Save money abroad - don’t pay with your debit card

Holidaymakers are being warned to think twice before flexing their everyday plastic when spending abroad. With every transaction in a shop, hotel or bar, a combination of poor exchange rates and hidden card charges can quickly spoil the memory of a good holiday. This dent in the pockets of holidaymakers will be made bigger by the impact of the weak pound. Sterling is worth 12 to 14 per cent less than it was on the day of the Brexit vote, when compared with currencies such as the US dollar and euro. Thanks to the Brexit effect, travellers now get $91 and €94 less for every £500 they change, compared with this day 13 months ago.

Iain Duncan Smith backs landlords and calls for tax review

Writing in Conservative Home Duncan Smith launched a stinging attack on the government's lack of thinking behind housing policy and said they should 'reconsider the way we treat private landlords who buy houses to rent'. Duncan Smith also called on Prime Minister Theresa May to scrap the move to taper tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages.

London Southend Airport in Essex is using mobile phone technology to monitor where locals are flying as it embarks on an ambitious strategy to reach 2.5m customers by 2018.

The genius who took Disney to new heights

John Lasseter is boss of the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios and is using a combination of artistry and commercial nous to transform a moribund legacy into a global commercial powerhouse. In the words of one of his creations, Buzz Lightyear, he is aiming 'To infinity and beyond'. The Studios' Oscar-winning chief creative officer is also a co-founder of Pixar, which was sold to Disney for $7.4 billion in 2006. Lasseter, 60, produced every Pixar hit from Monsters Inc, Toy Story (where the slightly confused space ranger Buzz first appeared in 1995), to Finding Nemo and its latest, Cars 3, which saw the actors from the film in the pit lane of the British Grand Prix last weekend.

Britain's food and drink industry has issued a warning to Brexit negotiators that a special relationship must be maintained with Ireland, the UK's biggest source of food imports.

Care UK, the largest independent provider of health and social care services in the UK, increased its revenues by £9 million in a year but made heavy losses.

The world's biggest watchmaker saw sales of its watches and jewellery grow 2.9 per cent over the latest half year, with income for the Swiss group up 6.8 per cent to £227m.

While most exporters are benefiting from sterling's slide, importers are suffering and 61 per cent have raised prices - by an average of 9 per cent in the past 12 months - new research has found.

Barney Reynolds, head of financial institutions at law firm Shearman & Sterling, said it would be best for Brexit negotiators to press for the City to retain full access to the European Union.

Charlie Hoare and Paul Lederer harvest sap in Finland for the drink, which contains four kilocalories per 100ml.

Is early pension release a scam? Steve Webb sounds alarm

Could you please help. Having fallen on hard times and needing a quick cash injection to keep the mortgage paid, I enquired about transferring my £40,000ish pension over to a firm. In return they release £6,200 to me, they take £3,800 in fees and invest the rest in an overseas property development. I have been warned that most of these early release firms are scams, but are they? Steve Webb replies.

How to invest to beat inflation and low savings rates

If you have the short-term emergency savings that you need, funds held for the long-term can be put to more productive work and earn a higher return. The Investing Show looks at how people can do this, including how to think about what sums you may be able to invest and the easiest ways to do that.

Can I ask my daughter to pay me for babysitting?

As a pensioner I don't have a huge income and I'm considering asking my daughter if she would give me some money for the days I look after my grandson. But I don't want to offend her, or risk her telling me she'll send my grandson to a nursery instead, so am very wary about doing this.

Ofgem calculated the fall through its latest supplier cost index (SCI), which measures wholesale prices, network costs and the charges to suppliers from Government programmes.

Nationwide is considering a radical overhaul of its traditional savings and loans business to put more people on the property ladder.

Champagne sorbet looks to have landed Aldi with a hangover

The German discounter has incurred the wrath of France's champagne region for taking the name of champagne in vain. It landed the group in a five-year legal dispute that only now looks to be coming to a head. The 'Champagner sorbet' dessert contained 12 per cent bubbly and featured a picture of a champagne bottle and flute. As a result the French appealed to EU judges to protect it.

Citizens Advice chief Gillian Guy has slammed Britain's retail bank bosses, claiming they must stop moaning about losing public trust which she says they never had.

State pension age will rise to 68 by 2039 - is this fair?

The Government decision jettisons existing legislation which anticipated the increase to 68 happening far later, between 2044 and 2046. The move is bound to disappoint those having to wait longer to retire. But while it has sparked an outcry among detractors, it has also attracted support from some financial  experts who say it makes the state pension fair and affordable. So why the Government has decided to increase the state pension age, and what are the views for and against.

Annual energy bills for thousands of customers will rise by an average of £274 at the end of July as 14 popular tariffs expire..

A controversial proposal by the insurance industry to water down the benefits payable from a popular type of financial protection cover has been widely criticised.

Five funds to invest in for pension drawdown

The financial watchdog has sounded the alarm over savers using pension freedoms to move cash to ordinary bank accounts, or into drawdown plans without getting advice. So what's the alternative? We have asked Darius McDermott, director of investment research house FundCalibre, to take a look at where you can invest for a better return. 

Research claims investing £59,700 into a mortgaged buy-to-let property could grow by 237% over 20 years, while a 40% tax payer could see 435% if they invested the sum in a pension.

There is a spot of good news for our embattled fund managers. An increasing number of UK active funds are beating the market - and that's something that's worth a look.

INVESTMENT EXTRA: Investors should copy vultures

Often hedge funds know something that is hard for ordinary investors to spot - such as chronic bad debts, contracts that may never materialise, or what is generally going on in a sector. Hedge fund managers often make money by using a highly risky and speculative process called 'shorting', which sees them bet against firms they think are due to hit some kind of trouble.

Research on British drivers appears to show a link between a driver's qualifications, IQ and professional standing and their chances of passing their driving test first time (file pic).

The biggest chunk of the cuts have been made to road maintenance budgets, with almost £120 million being pulled from funding to tackle the nation's increasing pothole pandemic.

Ten of the best classic car events to visit this summer

The promise of classic cars on show and in action will draw thousands of motoring fans to events across the UK this summer. The eclectic pleasure of the British classic car scene was highlighted by the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, there are still plenty more events to come and hopefully some more sunshine. We round up ten of the best to visit.

It says it is the first bank in Europe to commit to the technology, which will be available to those with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone from September 2017.

The energy firm is supposed to compensate customers £30 within 10 days if they miss or are delayed to a booked appointment at a customer's home or work place.

Broadband roundup: The best and cheapest deals

Broadband might be a modern-day necessity, but it doesn't have to break the bank. With so much competition there is no excuse to stay with a provider charging you over the odds or offering patchy service or slow speeds.

I have been trying to trace £80 worth of old Premium Bonds bought in my name between 1977 and 1985. The background to this is that I bought £25,000 worth of bonds in September 2016.

Your Move puts idyllic Grade-II listed windmill for sale 

The Black Mill has been a landmark in the village of Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire since it was first built in 1840 and is now up for sale with a price tag of £1.2million. It is spread across six floors, offering a unique family home for the price of a one-bedroom flat in a fashionable part of central London.

Brits working for firms like Uber and Deliveroo in the gig economy could soon be afforded some key employment benefits following the publication of the government-ordered review

Until now many retailers have added on the extra fee when you pay with a card. Here we take a closer look into exactly what's happening and how it will affect you.

The X-Class is Mercedes-Benz's first pick-up and it's posh

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new X-Class - the pick-up truck for the more discerning tradesman or woman, who wants to combine a workhorse with luxury. Mercedes is known for producing some of the most luxurious cars on the market as well as having a fleet of capable commercial vehicles - and its looking to bridge the gap between the two with a pick-up that could prove a sales winner.

Some holidaymakers claim they are being billed for repairs that never take place. In some cases, the fees are only showing up on their bank statements when they return home.

Consumer group Which? found that 36 per cent of cars costing around £50,000 are likely to have developed a fault in the past year.

Holidaymaker to pay £25k Thomson bill over poisoning claim

In a case that serves as a warning to Britons going abroad, a 28-year-old from Wales has been ordered to pay £25,000 to Thomson, after a court found that she lied about getting sick to claim compensation. Over the past year, tens of thousands of families have submitted sickness claims, often encouraged by law firms promising big payouts - but many are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms.

A new Jane Austen £2 coin could now turn up in your change after the Royal Mint launched them into circulation on 18 July 2017, marking the 200th anniversary of the influential author's death.

The website matches cat sitters and cat lovers across the UK and works a little bit like a dating website and as money is paid through the site the sitters are fully insured.

Can I open several interest-paying bank accounts at once?

Stashing your cash in a current account, or several, is a clever way to make the most of your pot. Many accounts paying rates of up to 5 per cent and some even pay interest on more than one account - but it will take some clever account management

last week, Charter Savings Bank upped the rate on its two-year fixed-rate deal to 1.37 per cent. The next best rate is from Virgin Money, Yorkshire BS and Progressive BS at 1.3 per cent.

Such is the competition that one-year deals have hit their highest level since before Bank of England base rate fell to 0.25 per cent nearly a year ago.

My husband died and I have £100k from his pensions

My husband died recently before taking his pension and under the new rules I get very little. While investigating my options, by chance I discovered that I am no longer entitled to the full state pension. I have about £100,000 cash from his various pension pots. What can I do with this money to get a decent annual income for my future? I need £15,000 a year.

FlexPlus customers pay £10 a month for perks including mobile phone insurance, travel cover and car breakdown assistance. From September 21, it rises to £13 a month.

The insurer is writing to around 2,000 people who bought policies between 2001 and 2003 - after realising it had made an error in calculating premiums.

Zoopla names historic town of Belper as property hotspot

The Derbyshire town of Belper, pcitured, on the River Derwent, has seen house prices rise by 7.43% since the beginning of the year, according to property website Zoopla. It is followed by the coastal town of Hove, in East Sussex, where values have risen by 7.07 per cent, and the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, which has seen increases of 6.66 per cent.

Lenders say a growing number of professionals are turning to second charge mortgages. As well as high interest rates, borrowers who can't keep up the repayments risk being evicted.

New state pension age: when will you retire?

A fresh state pension rise is now due to happen between 2037 and 2039, after the Government accepted the recommendation of ex-Confederation of British Industry boss John Cridland, who carried out an official review of future state pension age increases. We explain forthcoming changes to the state pension age, so you can find out when you will be allowed to retire.

My mother was confused as she had used the voucher to buy something else recently and thought the expiry date would renew for another 12 months.

Alan Miller - husband of anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller - gave the investment industry until 3 January 2018 to disclose all charges in pounds and pence or said he'd face it in the courts.

New £10 note with Jane Austen on it launches today

Today sees the launch of the new £10 note featuring one of Britain's most famous authors, Jane Austen, which will come out in September. It is the second polymer note to launch in Britain, after the Churchill fiver which came out last September to much fanfare - and it appears Britons want more women featured on their currency. Who would you pick?

The prize loving public are putting themselves at risk by handing over key personal information to enter competitions - and an experiment by Chris Hollins (pictured) proved it.

Of the 340 councils who responded to an AA FOI, 74 running coin-operated ticket machines admitted that not all of their machines had been switched over to accept the new £1 piece.

This is Money's five favourite best buy cash Isas 2017

Although cash Isas don't currently offer fantastic rates, it is still worthwhile opening one to shield money away from the taxman. Our savings correspondent Lee Boyce picks his five favourite cash Isas for savers in 2017 - essential reading to help you choose a top savings account for your money. This page is kept up-to-date throughout the year - bookmark it for the very latest developments.

Changes to the way payouts are made in severe personal injury claims and a tax rise on insurance are two of the reasons behind the rapid increase.

Over-55s who are already taking taxable money from their pension can now put only £4,000 a year back in, down from £10,000 last year. The change will affect around 3 per cent of over-55s.

House prices to stall as buyers struggle to pay more

House price rises over the next few years will be muted as 'buyers will struggle to pay much more', property website Rightmove warned today. Asking prices of newly-listed homes for sale flat-lined in the month to mid-July, it said, and with the property market cooling and buyers stretched to their limits house prices are no longer likely to rise above inflation.

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50 ways to save money....

To clear the average national household debt of ?13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of ?100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.

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. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

We asked trusted experts to recommend the best funds that cover different investment sectors - and included This is Money's selection of active and passive options too.

Rightly or wrongly, some people simply want a quick, straightforward route map to investing in an Isa. To that end, this is our distilled guide to getting started.

How much money do I need to save for my pension?

The amount you can save into a pension ultimately depends on what you can afford - but the longer you leave it the more you will need to save. We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?

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Making the most of a pension is your best chance of securing a decent income when you retire. We explain what you need to know.

Even at a time when we are stretching our finances further to afford a home, moving less, and pushing mortgages beyond 30 years, we still remain captivated by two-year fixed rate deals.

When will UK interest rates rise?

Worries over debt in the economy have been raised in the latest bank Financial Stability Report in the wake of fresh speculation that interest rates may rise sooner than most expect. The latest MPC meeting led one investment bank, Nomura, to suggest a rate rise could come as soon as August. Economist George Buckley said comments from Bank chief economist Andy Haldane's and the 5-3 split made an early move more likely.

What next for mortgage rates?

Borrowers are being offered a raft of cheap fixed rate mortgages as lenders attempt to lure them into remortgaging or buying a home. But HSBC has decided to buck the trend and launch a new rate mortgage that is a tracker instead. We pick out the best fixed and tracker rate mortgages and look at what next for rates.

Ten tips for buy-to-let

For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips

Best paid jobs and biggest pay rises of 2016 revealed

Compare your pay to the national average and see whether your employer treated you to a pay rise in line with the the rest of your profession. Farmers, care and air travel assistants were big winners on the pay scales in 2016. Travel agents, careers advisers and probation officers lost out.



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