British Gas owners face backlash after reports suggest they will announce 15% surge in profits Parent company Centrica is about to announce profits of 2.8billionThey are also under fire over payments worth more than 10million made to departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley The PM announced gas firms will have to simplify tariffs for customers . Profit bonanza: The parent company of British Gas faces a backlash amid reports it is to announce a 15 per cent increase in profits on the back of spiralling bills for struggling customers The company is also under fire over payments to the departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley, who is predicted to walk away with a package of pay, shares and a pension pot together worth more than 10million.
United Nations of Bargain Hunters: Britons find themselves at the back of the queue as China and Middle East lead rush for designer brands | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 December 2012 Like every sensible sales shopper, Ghada Alhajji set herself a spending limit yesterday.
iSeeYou: Now Google even watches what you buy offline so it can target you with more personalised ads Any collected data will be protected through safeguards allowing for the anonymity of customers | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 22 December 2012 Watching you: Google will now collect data on users both online and in the real world Just when you thought Google couldn't target you with more specific advertising – based on your web surfing – it's going one step further. The search giant now intends to use data uploaded by retailers about consumers' offline purchases in order to target them with even more targeted ads. In other words, it will know what you spend at the mall as well as at the keyboard
A nation of telly addicts: Average Briton now spends four hours glued to the screenThe average viewing figure in Britain is now the third highest in the world behind only the U.S. and ItalyBritons watch 242 minutes of television every day, according to Ofcom | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 13 December 2012 We are a nation of television addicts and now spend more than four hours in a day glued to the screen. The average viewing figure is the third highest in the world behind the United States and Italy
Drinking coffee HALVES the risk of mouth cancer – even in smokers and drinkers Naturally occurring antioxidants in coffee may have a protective effect, say the U.S.
Tesco to venture into giant Indian market after their government allows foreign superstoresOverturned ban means international companies can compete in IndiaLaw changed to help revive slowing economy Tesco already has a partnership with Indian supermarket Tata’s Star Bazaar | UPDATED: 17:43 GMT, 7 December 2012 Tesco is set for a big push into India as politicians in Delhi cleared the way for foreign firms to break into the retail market.
Energy giant Npower fined just 60,000 for making more than 1,700 silent calls to consumers in just seven weeks Regulator Ofcom: Energy giant fined over abandoned calls made last year It exceeded abandoned call rate of 3% of live calls over 24-hour periods Happened on eight occasions and Npower apologises for breaching rules The calls see people greeted by a recorded message from a call centre | UPDATED: 17:36 GMT, 6 December 2012 Npower has been fined just 60,000 for making abandoned calls to customers.
Yet another good reason to tuck into that salad: Eating tomatoes could ward off depression Eating tomatoes just a few times a week could halve a person’s chances of suffering the bluesContain antioxidant chemicals thought to protect against some diseasesBut other fruits and vegetables do not have the same benefits, the Chinese study found | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 4 December 2012 Eating tomatoes just a few times a week could halve the chances of suffering depression, a study claims. Researchers analysed the mental health records and diet habits of just under 1,000 men and women aged 70 or over. The results found those eating tomatoes two to six times a week were 46 per cent less likely to suffer the blues than those eating them less than once a week.
One in five university courses scrapped following tripling of tuition fees | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 2 December 2012 Nearly one in five degree courses has been scrapped since the tripling of tuition fees to 9,000-a-year, it has been revealed. Universities are concentrating on popular subjects and dropping courses that have too few applicants or are too expensive to run
Here comes the Christmas veg – and it could get ugly Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and smallStores including Sainsbury's and Morrisons say they will take the crops in a show of solidarity with struggling British farmers | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Supermarkets are to relax standards and sell ‘ugly’ vegetables for the first time after bad weather and flooding left many crops small and misshapen. Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and small