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Asia slumps in holiday-thinned trade
TOKYO Asian shares got off to a rocky start on Monday after mixed U.S. jobs data helped sink shares on Wall Street, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.
Japan's markets lower after disappointing US job numbers  BBC News
Australia, Japan start the Lunar New Year lower  CNBC
International Business Times  
IKEA loses brand name battle in Indonesia
Instead, Surabaya-based furniture company Ratania Khatulistiwa with the acronym Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi has the rights to use Ikea as their brand name.
Sweden's IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia  The Star Online
Confusion over Ikea 'leather' sofas that are actually made from plastic
UK consumer spending growth hits eight-month high in January - Visa Europe
LONDON British consumer spending grew at its fastest rate in 8 months in January, helped by a rebound in clothing and footwear sales, figures from payment card company Visa Europe showed on Monday.
Consumer spending increases amid demand for holidays and cars  Belfast Telegraph
Retailers hail 'feelgood' start to the year amid January sales
Rolls-Royce shareholders brace for dividend cut
Rolls-Royce shareholders are bracing themselves for the first dividend cut in 24 years when the aero-engine maker reports annual results on Friday.
Rolls-Royce to cut dividend payouts  The Guardian
Shareholders in Rolls-Royce braced for first dividend cut in 24 years as ...  This is Money
Social housing tenants 'will be priced out of home areas'
Many families in England could be forced out of their council homes and be unable to afford alternative housing in the same area, new research says.
Osborne 'pay to stay' reform threatens to force tens of thousands ...  The Independent
George Osborne's 'tenant tax' will force thousands of families ...
Mark Ruffalo tells David Cameron to abandon fracking
Mark Ruffalo has been a vocal opponent of fracking in the US. Photograph: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Turner. Press Association. Sunday 7 February 2016 19.01 EST.
Oscar hopeful Mark Ruffalo shines spotlight on fracking  Belfast Telegraph
"Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake" - Mark Ruffalo ...
Supermarket Asda extends wonky fruit and veg brand to Kent families
Supermarket Asda has this weekend expanded its wonky fruit and veg range in an attempt to get families to love legumes so often abandoned because of their shape or size.
New 'wonky veg' boxes set for Leeds supermarkets  Yorkshire Evening Post
Wonky Veg Boxes to be Stocked as Portsmouth's Asda  AboutMyArea
Government ministers mocked for hiring man to run women on boards review
Ministers have been mocked by campaigners and on social media for hiring a man to chair a review about why not enough women are on company boards.
Government chose a man for role to boost number of women in FTSE executive jobs  The Independent
Government criticised for appointing man to boardroom gender equality role
North Sea oil industry warned it must 'adapt to survive'
Researchers found that one in seven barrels of oil being produced in UK waters is at a cash loss. Picture: Getty. SCOTT MCNAB. 00:31 Monday 08 February 2016.
Drive to scrap rigs will sound 'death knell' for North Sea oil ...  The National
A quarter of North Sea oil platforms 'could be scrapped in 10 years'  The Guardian
The Flying Scotsman visits Carlisle
The Flying Scotsman, the first locomotive to reach 100mph in 1934, made its mainline test run to Carlisle yesterday. The Flying Scotsman hauled the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express train on its journey from Carnforth to Carlisle, where it was met by ...
Search is on for Flying Scotsman memories  Yorkshire Post
Former Peterborough fireman shares experiences with The Flying Scotsman  Peterborough Telegraph