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Standard Life says it will vote against Shell BG tie-up

Standard Life says it will vote against Shell BG tie-up

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Nissan Titan fit for a king It’s big, very big. But despite its enormous size and huge footprint, the Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve pickup truck is quite well-behaved on the road and this machine will make its owner very happy on the worksite. The tale of the tape measures the fully optioned truck at 243 inches from stem to stern and the full crew cab provides plenty of legroom for three adults across the backseat. The 6 1⁄2-foot bed features LED lighting along with power outlets and storage bins. The Platinum edition adds a variety of paint and trim options along with the 360-degree parking sensor and moving object monitor.

ONS Home Output in the Construction Industry, November 2015 In November 2015, output in the construction industry was estimated to have decreased by 0.5% compared with October 2015. All new work was the largest contributor to the fall, decreasing by 0.7%, with repair and maintenance (R&M) falling 0.2%. Index of Production, November 2015 Production output increased by 0.9% in November 2015 compared with November 2014. Manufacturing output decreased by 1.2% in November 2015 compared with November 2014. Alcoa refineries safe from WA bushfire Metals giant Alcoa says its West Australian alumina refining operations have not been affected by the Waroona bushfire but its Farmlands business has sustained some damage. The Farmlands offices, comprising two buildings south of Hamel, have been destroyed and there has been some damage to fencing. The company said it was not aware of any livestock loss. Alcoa evacuated a skeleton staff of up to 15 people from its Willowdale facility before midday on Thursday. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union raised concerns that staff had been requested to attend work at the Willowdale mine in Pinjarra on Thursday morning.

Paris UN climate conference 2015: Countries strike grand deal to tackle climate change Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Raw: Climate change summit reaches deal Loud applause erupted as France's foreign minister gaveled the Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius between now and 2100. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius celebrates with United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres after a climate deal is secured in Paris. France GDP Growth Rate The French economy recorded no growth in the second quarter of 2015, following a revised 0.7 percent expansion in January to March period and missing market consensus. A rebound in net exports were unable to offset a decline in investment and a slowdown in household and government spending. According to a preliminary report, households’ consumption expenditure decelerated sharply (+0.1 percent after +0.9 percent in the previous quarter).

What happened in Joshua’s room? Secret under the stairs. A PAIR of househunters were freaked out when they stumbled across something weird in the basement. The potential buyer was looking round an unoccupied house in the States when he went into the cellar and found ‘Joshua’s room’. The bare brick walls were covered in scrawled messages, including a list of rules that will send shivers down your spine. Josh’s rules are pretty scary.

Japan hit by weaker economic growth - BBC News Japan's economy shrank in the second quarter of the year, marking a setback for the government's reform policy. Between April and June, economic growth contracted by 0.4% compared with the first three months of the year. Lagging exports and sluggish consumer spending were the biggest contributors to the drop in growth. It is likely to put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revamp his reform programme of monetary and fiscal stimulus to boost growth. Japan's economy shrank at an annualised pace of 1.6% in the quarter, following a revised expansion of 4.5% in the first quarter, official data showed. Farms devastated by flooding in Western Australia's Great Southern Updated Farms in Western Australia's Great Southern region have been devastated by flooding. Bokal, 50 kilometres south-east of Wagin, has been described as the epicentre of the storm activity that has drenched the state's Great Southern and south-west region, having received more than 200 millimetres of rain since Monday night.

Eurozone economy grows by 0.3% The economies of the 19 countries that use the euro grew by about 0.3% between April and June, according to official figures. The first estimate from Eurostat marks a slight slowdown from the 0.4% registered in the first quarter. The statistics agency also announced that inflation in the eurozone was 0.2% in July, unchanged from June's figure. Earlier, it was announced that France's economy did not grow at all between April and June. But growth in the first three months of the year was revised up from 0.6% to 0.7%, the statistics office Insee said. Australian bid for Homebase offers hope to Omagh staff The Homebase store in Omagh. MC 51 STAFF at Homebase in Omagh have been thrown a potential life-line by news that the company has been bought over by Australian retail giant Wesfarmers.The Home Retail Group, who also own Argos, have agreed to sell off the Homebase end of the business, including its 265 stores, to the Australian conglomerate for £340 million. Wesfarmers have said they will invest around £500 million in Homebase over the next three to five years to build a new business under the ‘Bunnings’ brand.

Fitch Affirms James Hardie's IDR at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for James Hardie: James Hardie International Group Limited --Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB-'. The week in numbers to Jan 22 The big and small numbers that grabbed attention - or should have - in the business world over the past week. Monday: 8,500 - Retail giant Woolworths is finally abandoning its loss-making local home improvement venture, Masters, leaving 8,500 staff in limbo. Tuesday: -2.3 per cent - China's crude steel output in fell 2.3 per cent to 803.8 million tonnes in 2015, from the previous year.

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