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Value for money: High street shop or online stores

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Is the high street being out muscled by the flexibility of online shopping or is there still merit in visiting your local shopping centres?

As a nation that now invests our time heavily on tablets, smart phones and computers many of us make a large amount of purchases online rather than visiting the local high street.

Sometimes shopping online can mean we miss out on instore deals but have the convenience of having items delivered to our door steps. To ensure you are getting the best for your money you can use online comparison websites to see where the best deals are. Online forums also produce information about what instore deals are currently ongoing. By combining purchases online with purchases instore by shopping around, .....

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BT set to extend superfast broadband and 4G coverage to over 95% of the UK

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BT will extend superfast broadband and 4G coverage to over 95% of the UK by 2020 as part of a £6 billion investment which aims to help improve their services following pressure from Ofcom and communication supplier rivals.

BT is the largest telecom firm in the UK and has seen an increase in pre-tax profits of 15% for the year to 31st March, which has been backed by stronger demand for its products.

The ambition of their recent plans is to give access to ultrafast broadband to 12 million homes and businesses using G.fast technology which is a combination of copper and fibre technologies. New housing developments, business parks and high streets will form the main part of the 2 million customers who will access speeds of up to .....

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Microsoft profits fall due to slump in computer sales

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With racing advances in technology, the personal computing market has continued to weaken and as a result, Microsoft’s quarterly profit has fallen short of its estimate.

Analysts had anticipated that the software giant would return a revenue of $22.09bn but in reality, its revenue actually fell to $20.53bn from $21.73bn the year before. To compensate, it is expected that Microsoft will have to rely on its cloud business to make up for the shortfall of takings.

Dan Morgan, of investment company Synovus Trust, that holds shares in Microsoft says, “We’re trying to validate this story that Microsoft is truly becoming a cloud company, and they’re not going to be relying on the desktop computer”.

However, although profits in .....

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1.7 Million Self-employed workers will miss out on the National living wage

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Research undertaken by the Social Market Foundation has revealed that more than 1.7 million self-employed workers will miss out on the National Living wage and they expect this to increase to around 1.9 million in 2020.

This warning comes as the National Living wage will be implemented in April with employees over the age of 25 expecting to earn £7.20 an hour. Over one million low paid workers are expected to be helped by this new government policy.

A spokesman from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says "This government is committed to backing enterprising self-employed people through initiatives like start up loans, tax allowances and by cutting red tape by a further £10 billion…our new National Living Wage .....

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