More than half of British companies with foreign staff fear they would be hurt by the government’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration system, according to a survey published today by the British  Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Meanwhile, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) will say today that sales at British retailers rose at their slowest average pace on record over the past year as worries about Brexit weighed on consumers.


British Airways, owned by IAG, is facing a record fine of £183m for last year’s breach of its security systems from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


Imperial Brands, the maker of Winston and Lambert & Butler cigarettes, will drop a longstanding dividend target to fund investment in tobacco alternatives as smoking declines in western markets.

Earlier this year Imperial’s CFO Oliver Tant told Financial Director sales of innovative products would be worth £1.5bn to the firm by 2020: