• 22 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesRyanair boss Michael O'Leary has been criticised for saying Muslim men should be profiled at airports. The chief executive told the Times that "males of a Muslim persuasion" who are single and travelling alone pose the largest terror threat to airlines. The Muslim Council of Britain said Mr O'Leary's comments were "racist and discriminatory". Ryanair...

  • By Simon Read Personal finance reporter 22 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesWaitrose has been rated the best UK in-store supermarket in consumer group Which?'s annual satisfaction survey. The John Lewis-owned chain scored five stars in almost every category, but was ranked joint worst for value. It's the second time it's been voted the top grocery store, despite budget chains Aldi and...

  • By Dan Whitworth Money Box reporter 22 February 2020 Image copyright Wendy Small Image caption Wendy Small, pictured with her husband Geoff, has been charged £160 to keep her old BT email address since she switched providers two years agoOfcom is writing to broadband companies to ask why some people are having to pay to keep old email addresses. TalkTalk charges £5 a month and BT...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright ReutersThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to stop using their "SussexRoyal" brand from spring 2020. The couple had been in discussions with aides and senior royals about using the name following their decision this year to step back from royal duties. But a spokesperson for the couple said it was agreed the word "royal" could not be used due to government rules....

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesWells Fargo, a major US bank, has agreed to pay $3bn (£2.3bn) to resolve a government investigation into its sales practices, including opening fake customer accounts. The bank admitted it had wrongly collected millions of dollars in fees, misused customer information and harmed the credit rating of customers. The settlement comes about four...

  • By Nell Mackenzie Business reporter 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesWhile the troubles facing well-known retail names on the UK's High Streets have been much publicised, the plight of landlords has received less attention. However, two of the UK's biggest retail landlords have seen a combined £573m wiped off the value of their shares this year. Hammerson and Intu, which own...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright WireImageSources close to retailer Sir Philip Green understand he has no intention of watching the new movie Greed. The lead character is thought to be loosely-based on Sir Philip, who owns the Arcadia group which includes Topshop and Burton. Steve Coogan plays a billionaire boss of a retail empire in crisis. He told the BBC it was not a "direct attack" on Sir...

  • By Simon Read Personal finance reporter 21 February 2020 comments Image copyright ReutersThe Royal Mail is increasing the cost of postage, with first-class stamps rising 6p to 76p and second-class up 4p to 65p. Prices will climb from 23 March, less than a year after they were hiked to their current levels. The 65p second-class stamp is the maximum under an Ofcom price cap. "These changes are...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesBusiness activity in the US services sector fell last month for the first time since 2013, hurt by the coronavirus, according to a survey. The drop came amid a "notable worsening" in the services sector, which includes finance and retail, the IHS Markit research firm reported. New orders received by private sector firms also declined for the first...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Storm Ciara Image copyright CHRIS HARRISON"We sat in a hairdressers across the road, which is slightly higher up, and we watched our business go under." Chris Harrison runs the Dale End Cafe in Coalbrookdale, a village in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. Last weekend was particularly hard, as he should have been celebrating the second anniversary of his...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesCar sales in China fell 92% in the first half of February as the coronavirus shutdown took its toll, according to an industry trade body. Car dealerships have remained closed while buyers have stayed away to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Nationwide car sales slumped 96% in the first week of February to a...

  • By Simon Read Personal finance reporter 21 February 2020 Image copyright Bank of EnglandSpend £20 today and it could soon be on its journey to becoming compost. The Bank of England has begun the massive task of destroying £40bn-worth of paper banknotes which were replaced by new polymer £20 notes on Thursday. Around two billion paper notes will be withdrawn and recycled to be...

  • By Tom Espiner Business reporter, BBC News 21 February 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright Getty ImagesHuman life "as we know it" could be threatened by climate change, economists at JP Morgan have warned. In a hard-hitting report to clients, the economists said that without action being taken there could be "catastrophic outcomes". The bank said the research came from a team that...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesAirlines stand to lose $29.3bn (£23.7bn) of revenue this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the global airline industry body has warned. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts demand for air travel will fall for the first time in more than a decade. Airlines in China and other parts of...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption "Baby Yoda" became a social media phenomenonThe dearth of Baby Yoda toys disappointed many Star Wars fans last November - even those who had not yet watched "The Mandalorian", the new show where the big-eyed baby alien is introduced. But Disney, which owns the franchise, and its toy-making partners are making up for it now. On Thursday,...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe National Trust has said this year's Easter egg hunts will be the last with Cadbury as it seeks to focus on "nature and the outdoors". Annual egg hunts have taken place for 13 years, but the trust said it wanted to make chocolate "less of a focus". Health campaigners said they "applaud" the trust for ending the "unhealthy association" with sugary...

  • By Zoe Thomas Technology reporter 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe US agency in charge of secure communication for the White House has been the victim of a cyber-attack. The US Department of Defence confirmed that computer systems controlled by the Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) had been hacked, exposing the personal data of about 200,000 people. The agency oversees...

  • By Joe Tidy & David Molloy BBC News 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ISS World provides cleaning and security services worldwideA cyber-attack has hit the major facilities company ISS World, which has half a million employees worldwide. ISS provides cleaning, catering, security and other services to companies in the UK and elsewhere. Its websites have been down...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Victoria's Secret fashion shows were cancelled in 2019 as they were branded as "sexist" and "dated"A controlling stake in the lingerie firm Victoria's Secret will be sold to a US private equity firm. On Thursday, the fashion retailer L Brands announced it will sell 55% of the company to Sycamore Partners for $525m (£408m). Boss...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesBarclays says it has scrapped a system that tracked the time employees spent at their desks and sent warnings to those spending too long on breaks. The bank introduced the computer monitoring system last week, but faced a staff backlash, reported by City AM. Barclays said axing the tracking system was a response to "colleague feedback", but would not...