Grocers from Tesco to Ocado falling short on green promises

The firms are among a group of 'laggards' on the FTSE100 which are making only brief mention of issues such as meeting net-zero goals and reducing carbon emissions in their investor reports, the research from Insig AI found. It comes after Britain's Competition and Markets Authority announced it was launching an investigation into Asos, Boohoo and Asda over fears that they were 'greenwashing' - making sustainability claims about their clothes which could not be backed up.

Base rate has risen from 0.1% in December to 1.75% now and is set to keep climbing, but why trigger a recession to get inflation driven by outside forces under control?

From an Aston Martin to a golden gun, can cash in on James Bond

To mark the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr No, a major auction of 007 memorabilia is taking place next month. So how can you get involved in this exciting market - where soaring values have left investors not shaken but stirred? Auction house Christie's is selling James Bond movie props in two sales - a live sale on September 28 and an online auction between September 15 and October 5. The star attraction is an Aston Martin stunt car made for last year's Bond film No Time to Die - valued at £2million. This DB5 comes complete with 'Q' modifications, such as dummy mini-guns behind the headlights.



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RUTH SUNDERLAND: Hard times are good times for pawnbrokers

Rampant inflation is exposing the precarious situation in which many families have been existing for some time. This has been obscured by low interest rates and easy credit, but is now becoming plain. Some will try to earn their way out of trouble. The pandemic saw an increase in people in their fifties and sixties taking early retirement. Some will go back to work. Others may take second jobs. That is good news, if not for the individuals concerned, then for the economy, which is suffering labour shortages. Others will try to borrow their way out.

The taxman is investigating whether the firm is paying its staff the minimum wage after thousands of low-paid workers were underpaid.

The Employment Index from accountancy firm BDO hit its highest level for 2.5 years in June, as staff shortages made it harder to recruit.

As Shell and BP hand out dividends, ride the £85bn FTSE wave

Dividends are the investor's friend. They power the pension funds many workers contribute to, while for many older investors they provide an important source of income at a time when household budgets are under relentless attack from rising prices. Although dividends are not loved by everyone (especially comfortably off socialist politicians) and can court controversy as happened last week with BP, they are an essential component of most people's financial armoury. Growing dividends enhance the wealth of many households - so we should welcome rather than criticise them.

Ageing populations across the world and the exponential growth in chronic illnesses mean demand for healthcare services is here to stay.

England was heavily-backed from the outset, with a surge in bets as the Lionesses advanced and women's football fever gripped the nation.

Now you may need to plug in £30 gadget to watch Now TV

Subscription service Now is turning off the streaming facility for older smart televisions with inbuilt internet access, as offered by Samsung, early next month. Customers will need to order a £30 Fire TV stick, which plugs into the side of the television and streams using wi-fi, to have access. The gadget will be provided free until November 2 for existing subscribers who tap in an emailed promotion code when buying through Amazon.

To take the property market's temperature look at what's not selling

When it comes to the property market it's not just the headline big house price report numbers you should look at, it's also worth keeping an eye on what's going on near you or where you'd like to buy. But there's another tip I'd give: if you really want to take the temperature of a local property market look at what isn't selling.

House prices have risen in the past year ahead of the sporting event - but they are still 60% cheaper than London, helping to attract bargain-seeking buyers.

Average two year fixed mortgage rates are now two percentage points higher than at the start of the year, increasing typical monthly payments by an average of £159.

Are my British Gas shares from 1986 worthless?

My cousin recently found 200 shares in British Gas. The shares were purchased on the initial British Gas float by my late uncle that were then passed onto my cousin when he died in 1992. She has moved twice and not updated her details. How can she go about claiming the shares and what are they worth?

Goldman Sachs says that the global space economy could be worth $1trillion (£820billion) by 2040. An investment foray is a journey into the unknown.

Wasps Finance raised £35m from investors in 2015, partly to pay back a loan linked to the purchase of an arena in Coventry, and it was due to return capital to investors in mid-May.

No recession for luxury car brands as the rich continue to splash out on motors

Supercar maker Lamborghini announced that sales are up 5% in its opening six months, though profits surged by a massive 70%. CEO Stephan Winkelmann also confirmed it already has enough orders to cover the entirety of next year's production run, ultimately meaning it has sold out of models until 2024. In the same week Ferrari revealed record sales and profits for the second quarter and Bentley reported its best ever financial results for the first half of a year, as the rich show no sign of slowing down when it comes to splurging on the world's most exclusive motors. Though it hasn't been all rosy for every luxury car brand - just ask Aston Martin after it recently confirmed that its losses had quadrupled in the opening six months.

Some 112,162 cars - 9% fewer than in July 2021 - entered UK roads, with makers struggling to meet orders due to a lack of semiconductors needed to power tech in new vehicles.

Home Office data says that over 100,000 vehicles were stolen last year, many of them cars with keyless tech. Yet 51% of owners says they don't take any measures to secure them.

Oxford Nanopore boss flies flag for UK science after others sell out

As chief executive of Oxford Nanopore, Gordon Sanghera's mission is reminiscent of a 1970s Martini ad: to enable the analysis of 'anything, by anyone, anywhere'. The genome sequencing company, which he co-founded and span out of Oxford University in 2005, is one of those rare beasts, an independent British biotechnology business listed on the London stock market. Sanghera, who floated Oxford Nanopore last autumn, is determined it stays that way, rather than falling into the hands of a foreign buyer. So much so that he holds 'anti-takeover shares' so he can repel unwanted predators.

Ashley's company Frasers alleges the bank acted in 'bad faith' over trades he made to build his stake in Hugo Boss which is now worth £770million.

The FTSE home improvement retailer has been hit by a blitz in short-selling as weaknesses in the DIY market start to materialise.

Mining giant Rio Tinto hit by legal battle over sacred Apache site

In 1955 President Eisenhower signed an order declaring Oak Flat, which is in the Tonto National Forest 60 miles from state capital Phoenix, off-limits for mining. But since 2004 there has been a bitter struggle by Rio Tinto and fellow mining group BHP - through their Resolution Copper joint venture - to access the metal lying under Oak Flat, in opposition to locals. The project is now set to be at the centre of a Supreme Court battle that threatens to tarnish Rio's already damaged reputation.

TONY HETHERINGTON: Advanced Pets serving up dog's breakfast

I ordered and paid for pet food, but received nothing. Emails were not answered and the phone was answered by an outside company advising that lines were busy. The firm asks for details and say someone will get back to you, but nobody ever does. The company issues invoices without any contact details. The Trustpilot review website has several people suggesting positive reviews are fake.

Electric cars can keep going for up to 19MILES after readout hits zero

While traditional petrol and diesel cars can keep going for around 25 to 45 miles when the fuel light comes on, the big fear is that electric models will conk-out immediately when the range readout hits the dreaded 0%. However, What Car? says car makers are deliberately programming range readouts in EVs to be conservative to give drivers 'an emergency buffer' before running out of battery entirely. Of the cars tested, the £54,980 BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport had the biggest range reserve of 19 miles, while the bigger iX3 M Sport Pro SUV (£65,865) had the smallest at just 5 miles.

The woman fell victim to the scam when she tried to buy a ticket at a Connah's Quay car park in Flintshire, Wales, using an app she had downloaded to her smartphone.

The black saloon with number plate GYE 329N is one of only three Rover cars used for ministerial travel during the period - but this was the only one that transported the Iron Lady as a passenger.

How to defend your pension from the taxman

No one wants to save up all their working life for a decent retirement only to get stuck with an avoidable tax bill. Unfortunately, there are many tax traps for the unwary when it comes to pensions. It's especially important to find out about them if you decide not to get financial advice when you start tapping your fund. We asked pension experts for their tips on what trips people up the most often, and how to keeping a retirement fund as safe as possible from the taxman.

A total of 47 per cent of all first-time buyers in the next three years will get help to save for a deposit on a property, according to new research from estate agents Savills.

UK recession explained: What a 0.5% rate rise means for mortgages and savings

The Bank of England warned of a recession as it increased its base rate by 0.5 percentage points to 1.75 per cent, the biggest interest rate hike in 27 years and its sixth rise since December 2021. The aim is to get a grip on the soaring inflation, but the move will increase the cost of new fixed-rate and existing variable rate mortgages.

Inheritance tax tips: Eight ways to shield your family's wealth

Families shelled out a record £6.1billion in death duties last year, up by £729million in the previous 12 months. Experts say soaring house prices are partly to blame for pushing up the value of estates. At the same time, the threshold at which Inheritance Tax (IHT) kicks in has been frozen at £325,000 since 2009 - and is expected to remain the same until 2025/2026. It means more ordinary households could find themselves stung by the 40 per cent levy, which historically has affected only wealthier individuals.

I parked in more than one marked bay: Can Premier Park still fine me £100?

Earlier this year, I parked my car in a local shopping centre which offers free parking. But shortly after I was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice by the operator, Premier Park, for £100. The reason given was that I had occupied more than one marked bay. That is true - but I didn't have any other option. I had parked my car between two others already parked, and to enable everyone to get in and out of their vehicles I parked equidistant between them, which put me over the marked line. If I hadn't, I would have not only blocked in the other drivers but risked damage to my own car and theirs. I was just being sensible and don't know why I should be punished for others' bad parking. I appealed to the independent appeals service Popla, but it rejected my appeal saying that I broke the car park's rules. Is there anything else I can do?

Why did the S&P 500 rally last month?

The S&P 500 staged a recovery last month, gaining 9.1% over the month. It came despite the announcement of a second successive quarter of economic contraction in the US economy. Does this indicate that the worst is over or is it a false dawn?

From 1 September, the standard online dealing charge for UK and US trades will be cut but on the flipside free trading credits won't stick around for as long.

Practical steps are only one part of the battle. Dealing with emotions is also necessary to keep on track at such a difficult time in the markets.

How overpaying your mortgage by £20 a month can save thousands

Rough calculations compiled for Money Mail by mortgage advisory firm Private Finance show how much money borrowers with a £200,000 mortgage, taken out over 25 years on a 3.5 per cent rate, could save. Paying off an extra £200 a month would save £26,000 in interest payments alone, and clear the debt nearly six years earlier.

The proportion of grandparents helping out financially has risen by a third since 2016 when the research was last carried out by insurer Aviva.

We take a look at four properties for sale around the country with useful outdoor spaces that include a games room, a hair salon, a dog grooming facility and a music studio.

Out of the holiday loop? This is Money podcast summer travel special

This summer has seen travel demand rebound and for many, it could be their first overseas jaunt since before the pandemic. For that reason, there may be some rusty holidaymakers out there. But fear not, Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost are at hand to help get you in the holiday mood (kind of).

Londoners bought 40,540 homes outside of the city in the first half of this year, 19% more than the average for the years 2015 to 2019.

One of my phones is for my teenage daughter, so a £5 monthly spending cap was agreed but after a shock bill, EE said it doesn't apply to data.

Best stocks & shares Isas: Pick the right DIY investment platform

Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and a variety of charges can leave investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

We pick our five favourite cash Isas for savers. This is essential Isa reading and is kept up-to-date throughout the year

Since the base rate began rising in December 2021, the average two-year fixed mortgage rate has increased by 0.91% and the five-year rate by 0.73%.

If you are interested in buying shares or know more about unearthing good companies and valuing them, read our guide to share investing.

Buy-to-let lost some of its spark in recent years but that might be about to change as new tax cuts and low mortgage rates have caused landlords to flock back to the market.



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