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Shoppers warned over hoverboard risk

Hoverboard warning issued Credit: Daniel Petkov

Shoppers are being urged to think again about buying hoverboards this Christmas in case they pose a fire risk.

The Local Government Association has issued a plea to consumers after several cases of the self-balancing devices caused "major" fires.

The organisation claims more than 80% of 38,000 hoverboards stopped from entering the UK by Trading Standards since October were unsafe.

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Stores start January sales on 'Panic Saturday'

Christmas shoppers are expected to be inundated with bargains as stores start their January sales early on 'Panic Saturday'.

Retailers are expected to slash prices by up to 80 per cent as shoppers head out for some last-minute Christmas shopping.

The day is predicted to kick off a £6bn six-day spending spree in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gender pay gap in the City

Women's bonuses could be half of what men receive in the City of London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Women working in the City expect to receive a bonus that's half of what is being paid to their male colleagues according to a new report. Recruitment firm Astbury Marsden found that female staff are anticipating payments of around £16,240 compared to £32,800 for men.

The gap is predicted to be even wider at senior levels, with female directors and other executives expecting an average bonus of £25,800, almost half of the £50,300 expected by their male counterparts.

The managing director of Astbury Marsden said this could be down to men filling the commission earning jobs: "The reality is that the sectors where there is a high reward culture are still male dominated with women often making up a larger proportion of the non-commission earning side of businesses such as HR or marketing.

"Trading floors for example, have a reputation for being largely a male environment and many women can be put off from applying to these types of roles."

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