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Pound on the back foot against the dollar; Whitbread retreats over 4pc on sinking Costa Coffee profits

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Pound on the back foot against the dollar; Whitbread retreats over 4pc on sinking Costa Coffee profits. Just before the headline release, a stronger-than-expected reading from France and a mixed set of data from Germany hint at a solid overall performance and the pound is already on the back foot against the euro this morning, dipping 0.1pc to €1.1231. Interim results: Whitbread, Bloomsbury Publishing, Gear4music, St James's Place. We have to go to Europe for our daily fix of economics data with no major releases due in the UK this morning.

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Google Lens is rolling out to first-generation Pixel phones

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Google Lens is rolling out to first-generation Pixel phones. We can already interact with the company's digital assistant on our phones and through Google Home. " According to Reddit user /u/LaceratedCantaloupe, Lens randomly appeared on the Pixel XL's Photos app without an update, which suggests it could be part of a server-side rollout. In case you missed its unveiling in May, Lens uses computer vision to understand what's in your photos, videos, and the world around you.

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Phoney Baloney Microsoft excuse for Delta Airlines change

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Phoney Baloney Microsoft excuse for Delta Airlines change. MICROSOFT has rebuffed reports that it has stopped working with Delta Airlines, following the decision to move flight crews over to iOS devices, claiming that the two have an excellent working relationship. Meanwhile, as GE talks of Mac being "preferred", it will do well to remember not all its customers are made of money and Windows, and indeed Android support is going to be crucial. Delta crews had been using Surface tablets and Windows Phones but will now move to Apple devices.

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Airtel Alone Gains Customers in September, Among Old Telcos: COAI

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Airtel added over 10 lakh or a million customers in September which reduced the net loss of joint subscriber base of the five telecom operators (others being Idea, Vodafone, Aircel and Telenor) to 19.3 lakh, as per the report on subscriber base of GSM players. Press Trust of India, 24 October 2017. Among five incumbent private mobile operators, only Bharti Airtel added new subscribers in September while the rest lost more than 29 lakh customers, as per the data released Monday by industry body COAI. The industry further needs an additional investment of over Rs 2.5 lakh crore for infrastructure rollout and expansion," he said. The industry is reeling under a cumulative debt of over Rs 4.6 lakh crore.

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Apple Pay now available in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and United Arab Emirates

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Apple Pay continues to grow the addressable market with four new countries. Apple Pay now available in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and United Arab Emirates. To add a new card with Apple Pay, open the Wallet app on iPhone, iPad or find Wallet in System Preferences on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. This will also be the preferred activation method for Apple Pay on iPhone X, which replaces Touch ID for Face ID.

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Stock picker who predicted $5,000 bitcoin says it's on track to top Apple's market cap

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One market observer told CNBC on Tuesday that at the rate the price of bitcoin was moving, its market capitalization could overtake Apple within five years. " He added, "Within five years, it's going to catch Apple which has (a more than) $800 billion market cap. Other cryptocurrency proponents have also said in the past they expect bitcoin to hit a market value of at least $1 trillion by 2025 . He said he expects the price of bitcoin to jump to $50,000, possibly within a decade and the market value could cross a trillion dollars.

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Whitbread interims disappoint but Germany offers Premier potential - Digitallook.com

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Sharecast | 24 Oct, 2017. First half results from Whitbread showed evidence of a bit of a summer slowdown, with revenues at its Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee arms both softening but tight cost control percolating through to a solid profit performance. Group revenue for the six months to 31 August rose 7.4% on the previous year to £1.67bn as Premier Inn's revenue per available room (revpar) rose 1.8% after a strong first quarter at 2.9%, while like-for-like sales from Costa slowed to 0.6% for the half-year from 1.1% in the first quarter. Brittain said she was pleased with the progress made in executing her plan from last November, with earnings per share up 7.4% in the half and return on capital of 15.4%. An efficiency programme being pushed through by Brittain offse these rising costs to some extent and across the group has taken out £60m of costs over the last two years.

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BT share price: Analysts flag drop in telco’s pension deficit

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The comments come amid expectations for an upcoming rate hike by the Bank of England (BoE). BT share price: Analysts flag drop in telco’s pension deficit. RBC Capital Markets’ comments came as the analysts reiterated their ‘outperform’ stance on the former telecoms monopoly, valuing the shares at 410p. The analysts argue that with an increased chance that the BoE will hike interest rates, the former telecoms monopoly would be within its rights to increase its discount rate, or the critical reference rate linked to bond yields.

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Increased market share boosts Premier Inn and Costa owner

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Premier Inn and Costa owner Whitbread has hailed its progress in the first half of its financial year, with revenues and profits climbing. The company said the hike in revenue was down to market share gains by both Premier Inn and Costa, while "disciplined cost management" helped boost underlying profits by 6.7 per cent. Contact us on:. Contact us using the details below.

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Anglo American Platinum Cuts Full-Year Production Guidance

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Anglo American Platinum Cuts Full-Year Production Guidance. JO) said Tuesday that it has reduced its full-year total platinum production guidance, citing a total of 150,000 ounces of unprofitable platinum production from its Bokoni and Maseve mines in South Africa during the quarter ended Sep. 30. The Johannesburg-listed miner has revised its guidance for the year down to between 2.30 million and 2.35 million platinum ounces, from between 2.35 million and 2.40 million ounces announced previously. Comparable production of refined platinum, meanwhile, slowed 2% during the period, to 684,100 ounces, due to additional inventory that had built-up. The company said that comparable sales volumes for the period increased 13%, to 663,600 ounces.

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TOP NEWS: Miner Anglo American Tweaks Annual Production Guidance

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Anglo American lowered full-year platinum production guidance to 2.30 million to 2.35 million ounces due to the closure of the unprofitable production at Bokoni mine, which was placed on care and maintenance in the quarter. LONDON (Alliance News) - Anglo American PLC on Tuesday reported a mixed production performance in the third quarter and tweaked production guidance for the full year as a result. Full-year production guidance for Kumba has been increased to between 42 million and 44 million tons from the previous guidance range of 41 million to 43 million tons due to improved performance at Sishen mine operations. The company's Kumba iron ore mine recorded a 2% year-on-year drop in production to 11.5 million tons.

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Anglo heading for solid production year led by diamonds, iron ore - Miningmx

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The advances are attributable to significant improvements at Kumba Iron Ore, the Johannesburg-listed firm in which Anglo has a 70% stake, and its diamond operations held in the 85%-owned De Beers. Diamond production from Canada was five-fold higher in the third quarter at some 1.1 million carats owing to Gahcho Kué’s ramp-up. Copper production would come in at the low end of previous guidance at some 570,000 tonnes while nickel production was expected to be flat year-on-year. At the other operations in the Anglo fold, coal production is likely to remain flat year-on-year despite a 100-day stoppage in the third quarter following a fatality at at Goedehoop on 3 August.

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Micromax partners with Vodafone launches Bharat2 Ultra 4G phone at an effective price of Rs 999

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Micromax partners with Vodafone launches Bharat2 Ultra 4G phone at an effective price of Rs 999. Micromax partners with Vodafone India launches a new 4G smartphone at an effective price of Rs 999 and will counter JioPhone and Airtel - Karbonn A40 Indian. The company now brings the cheapest 4G smartphone in India, as claimed by the company itself -- called the -- Bharat2 Ultra at an effective price of Rs 999. The 4G smartphone will be available in India starting Nov first week. Also Read: Micromax, BSNL launch Rs 2,200 Bharat 1 4G feature phone to take on free JioPhone. " Also Read: Micromax Bharat 1 or JioPhone a better buy than cheap smartphones like Airtel A40 Indian.

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