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UK retail sales hit 10-year high in second quarter, but stagnate in June

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LONDON - British retail sales rose between April and June at the fastest pace for a calendar quarter in 10 years despite stagnating last month, bolstering expectations that the economy has sustained its swift pace of recovery.

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Ex-Murdoch reporter escapes jail over UK phone-hacking crimes 2:03pm BST

LONDON - A former tabloid reporter who admitted hacking hundreds of phones to find stories for two Sunday newspapers was spared jail on Thursday for helping secure the conviction of Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson.

Britain's easyJet to resume flights to Tel Aviv 2:06pm BST

LONDON - British low cost carrier easyJet said it will resume flights to Tel Aviv as scheduled from Friday 25 July after regulators lifted advice over flying into the Israeli airport.

Energy firms SSE and UKPN to pay out over Christmas storms 10:48am BST

LONDON - British energy firms SSE and UKPN have agreed to pay 8 million pounds in compensation after tens of thousands of customers were left without power during torrential storms last December, regulator Ofgem said on Thursday.

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British manufacturing emerges from years in the shadows 9:26am BST

CHELTENHAM England - New business is coming from unexpected places to help power the whirring, high-tech lathes on the factory floor of Future Advanced Manufacture, one of the companies spearheading Britain's manufacturing revival.

Britain to award 200 million pounds in first renewable power auctions 11:45am BST

LONDON - Britain will offer guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year to renewable projects in the first auction of contracts to help boost investment in low carbon power generation.

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Britain files criminal charges against Alstom UK unit 12:19pm BST

LONDON - Britain's leading fraud prosecutor on Thursday charged a British subsidiary of French engineering group Alstom with three offences of corruption and three offences of conspiracy to corrupt after a five-year investigation.

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England's early World Cup exit hits UK pub operators 10:02am BST

LONDON - England's dismal World Cup campaign in Brazil was doubly disappointing for Britain's pub operators, with the team's early exit prompting soccer fans to stay at home to watch the rest of the tournament, leading pub chains said on Thursday.

Carillion venture wins UK government contracts worth up to 2.8 billion pounds 8:21am BST

LONDON - The British government selected a joint venture between support services and construction firm Carillion and infrastructure company Amey for three contracts worth up to 2.8 billion pounds ($4.77 billion) to manage its military estate.

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UK car production boosted by new models in first half of 2014 12:04am BST

LONDON - British car production showed annual growth of more than 3 percent in the first six months of 2014 thanks to new models and further expansion is expected, an automotive industry body said on Thursday.