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Saturday 25 February 2017
 
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First Trust revamped University Road branch in south Belfast, part of a £10m investment by the bank
 
Stormont urged to act in wake of First Trust's branch closures blow in Northern Ireland Stormont should look to EU legislation to ensure "sufficient banking services" remain across Northern Ireland following this week's announcment that First Trust is shutting half its branch network here.
 
 
 
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The switch to 100% Fairtrade cocoa at the Co-op will cover more than 200 products, from the sprinkles on its doughnuts to chocolate tortes, and will be completed by the end of May   Co-op is first UK retailer to use only Fairtrade cocoa in its products The Co-op is to become the first UK retailer to use only Fairtrade cocoa in its products, giving a huge boost to the Fairtrade movement.
 
 
The consumer watchdog found 17 out of 24 rail operators are not providing enough information on passengers' rights on their websites   Rail operators accused of 'smokescreen' to prevent passenger compensation claims Train companies are failing to properly inform passengers about their rights, a consumer group has claimed.
 
 
Energy companies and banks struggled on Friday   Stocks extend winning streak to 11th day A late push helped US stocks finish higher after indexes spent most of the day lower.
 
 
The FTSE 100 Index closed on Friday down 27.67 points at 7,243.7   FTSE 100 slips further into the red amid problems for RBS London's top-flight index slipped further into the red as investors punished the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) following its ninth consecutive year of losses.
 
 
Prudential will review annuities sold without advice after July 1 2008   Pensioners in line for payouts as Pru reviews retirement annuities Prudential has said it will review retirement annuities sold after July 2008, and make payouts to pensioners where appropriate, amid concerns that some customers may not have been given sufficient information about their deal.
 
 
Employees in one region of Sweden could be paid for sex breaks   Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers to boost fitness and childbirth Swedish workers should be paid for one-hour sex breaks by their employers, a politician has suggested.
 
 
 
 
 
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As people move towards retirement it is wise, as part of financial planning, to review pension options   What it could mean when you swap your final salary scheme By Chris Bryans Swapping final salary pension schemes for cash made headlines as transfer offers reached record highs last September and FTSE 100 executives and the ex-Pensions Minister joined the stampede.
 
 
By Paul Lawther: Mobile World Congress: Why Internet of Things is here to stay This weekend the world's biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress, will take place in Barcelona, with manufacturers set to unveil a raft of new phone handsets and new technology.
 
 
Ian Huddleston, president of the Law Society: Why we should value lawyers' vital economic contribution I began my presidency of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in November 2016 in what seems like a year of seismic change. Brexit and the impact of the US elections has fed into a sense of uncertainty about the future.
 
 
 
 
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