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Factory activity accelerated in November, survey says

UK manufacturing activity grew at its fastest pace in more than four years last month, according to a closely watched survey. The Purchasing Managers’ Index index compiled by IHS/Markit hit 58.2 in November, the best level in 51 months. The report said exports played a “big part” in the expansion. Separate official data showed that

Billabong gets $150m takeover bid from Quiksilver

Australian surf wear brand Billabong has received a takeover bid from rival Quiksilver which values the company at around $150m (£110m). It could be a lifeline for the troubled firm, which has only turned a profit in one of the last five years. Billabong suffered a $58m (£43m) wipeout this year, which was triple its

Toys R Us prepares to shut 25 stores

Toys R Us is preparing to close around a quarter of its 106 UK stores, with the loss of hundreds of jobs, the BBC understands. The closures would form part of a deal to renegotiate debts owed by the company to its landlords – which must be agreed by 75% of its creditors. The toy

US regulator approves Bitcoin trading

Bitcoin has taken another step toward the financial mainstream, after a US regulator said it would let two traditional exchanges begin trading in Bitcoin-related financial contracts. CME Group and CBOE Global Markets exchanges will offer investors Bitcoin futures from later this month. The move sent the crypto-currency’s price up, continuing its volatile week. Bitcoin hit