Barcelona attack: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas – BBC News

Media captionEyewitness tells the BBC: “Families were screaming for their kids” Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say. The rented vehicle sped along the pedestrian area that is popular with tourists, mowing down people and sending others […]

Barcelona attack: Theresa May says the UK stands with Spain – BBC News

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police officers and emergency service workers set up a security perimeter UK Prime Minister Theresa May says her thoughts are with the victims of the “terrible attack” in Barcelona. “The UK stands with Spain against terror,” she added. Officials in the city say at least 13 people were killed and […]

UK exports to the EU surge on weaker pound –

Britain exports €104bn of goods to the rest of the world, outweighing the €94.7bn of goods it sends to EU customers. But UK imports from the EU amount to €147.7bn, while those from elsewhere come in at €134.7bn. The UK’s total trade deficit has shrunk from €102.2bn in the first half of 2016 to €83.7bn […]

UK: More detailed Brexit plans coming soon – The Mercury News

By Ian Wishart and Alex Morales | Bloomberg News The U.K. is preparing to give further details of its approach to Brexit next week when it lays out positions in at least three different areas that it wants to negotiate with the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will publish two papers on Monday […]

Brexit: UK looks to keep visa-free travel from EU – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters The government plans to keep visa-free travel to the UK for EU visitors after Brexit, the BBC understands. But if visitors from EU countries wanted to work, study or settle in the UK they would have to apply for permission under the proposals. EU citizens are currently free to live and work […]

UK retail sales growth continues in July – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters UK retail sales increased in July as stronger spending on food offset a fall in the purchase of other goods, according to official figures. The volume of sales grew by 0.3% compared with June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. However, the figure for June’s retail sales growth was revised down […]

UK retail sales growth flat but beats forecasts – business live – The Guardian

Confidence among small retailers has plummeted over the first half of the year. We’re worryingly close to flat, or even negative, retail sales growth across the UK. “With operating costs at their highest in four years, small business owners are paying themselves less, struggling to award pay rises and pushing up prices in an attempt […]

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves ‘hyped’ – BBC News

Image copyright AFP The gas reserves in shale rocks in the UK have been “hyped”, a geology professor has warned. Prof John Underhill from Heriot-Watt University said UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap substantial amounts of gas. He said the government would be wise to formulate a Plan B […]