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Mini Vacuum Cleaner Latest Dryson Offering

In welcome news for city dwellers living in tiny flats, British engineering giant Dryson has launched its smallest vacuum cleaner that at 3.5 kg sits lighter than most laptops and would fit comfortably on an A4 size sheet. However, the compact appearance of DC26 should not be mistaken for fragility says creator James Dryson, who vouches for its toughness, claims that it withstood 5,318 drops to the floor and 10,000 pummels against a metal wall.

University Leaders Irked By Mandelson’s Budget Cut Claims

In a move that could only hurt the recession embattled British universities further, Universities Secretary Lord Mandelson announced immediate and drastic cuts to public spending on higher education, to the tune of £950 million over the next three years.

This statement of intention, that follows pre - Christmas announcement of multi-million pound cuts in budget, has University leaders lashing out at the government with assertions that with such shortage of funds Britain could not hope to maintain let alone enhance its status as a world class education provider.

Invensys: Optimistic Predictions Follow High Q3 Profit

Evidently cost savings strategies and higher margins in its controls units paid off, as British Engineering giant Invensys posted much better third quarterly profits in December 2009. This was followed by optimistic predictions of a resurgent 2010.

Stobart To Expand Southend Airport

After receiving approval from the local council this week for its plans for a runway extension at the Southend Airport, transport group Stobart is awaiting a swift decision from John Denham, the secretary of state for communities and local government, so the project can get under way as soon as possible.

Heavy Snowfall Benefits Waitrose

Heavy snowfall resulted in heavy sales at department stores with customers determined not to end up housebound with empty freezers and lack of supplies, as a result of the continuing cold wave that swept across the country.

Driven by a phenomenal increase in frozen foods, with frozen chicken and filling foods flying off the shelves, total sales at Waitrose rose 16.6% to £86.7 million on the same week last year.

£30 Billion Is Annual Cost of Fraud

According to estimates released by the government agency National Fraud Authority (NFA), the UK economy loses £30 billion to fraudsters every year, a more than significant dent considering the hard times the nation has fallen onto.

UK Car Production Falls Victim to Recession

Strong December figures which witnessed a resurgent car market with production leaping to more than 58% compared to the December of 2008, failed to affect the overall picture. According to the latest statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) car production in 2009 shrunk to 30.9% with less than a million vehicles being produced in UK, a fallout of the worldwide collapse in the car market. Car makers were also cautioned and told to prepare for a tough 2010.

Shockingly Low Christmas Sales Cast A Pall

Retailers had nothing much to cheer about this Christmas as sales for the festive season fell to a two - year low. The negative effect of growing unemployment coupled with the resultant financial security concerns obviously won out over the rosy forecasts made by major retail companies.

High Level of Vitamin D in Blood Linked to Reduced Bowel Cancer Risk by Study

A recent research, results of which were revealed on Friday, shared that people who have more Vitamin D in their blood are significantly less at risk of developing bowel cancer as compared to those with low Vitamin D levels.

As per the study, those who had the highest level of the vitamin in their blood had as much as 40% lower risk of contracting the condition, as compared to those who had the lowest level.

Over a Million Wrongly Think They are Allergic to Food

A recent report has revealed that every 1 in 5 adults think they are allergic to one food item or another, with most stating that they have intolerance to wheat, and a majority of these people are wrong about being allergic.

When actually tested, only about 2% tend to actually have a genuine allergy or intolerance to one or more foods. The report has come from experts at the University of Portsmouth.

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