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EU investigates Apple and five publishers over e-book sales

Apple is being investigated along with some of the biggest names in publishing by European regulators over whether their arrangements for e-book sales are in breach of competition rules.

Moonpig to lose VAT relief under new legislation

Online greetings cards retailers such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon will be hit by new legislation that will end tax exemption for companies operating from the Channel Islands.

PM unveils manufacturing support measures

A raft of measures intended to help SMEs grow, create jobs, export to new markets and secure finance has been announced by the Prime Minister, who said that the UK needed to "trade its way to growth and jobs".

Kodak files suit as spat with Collins ink heats up

Kodak's public spat with Collins Ink escalated this week when Kodak filed a preliminary injunction to prevent the Cincinnati-based firm from ending its agreement to provide Kodak-branded ink for the Versamark range.

EU Late Payment Directive to be introduced next year

Prompt payment legislation due to be brought in from next year could see all invoices paid within 30 days for the public sector and 60 days for the private sector.

Government to simplify financial reporting for micro businesses

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have launched a discussion paper to look at ways of simplifying financial reporting for micro businesses.

MPs seek to curb 'unfettered power' of Payments Council

MPs have called for increased regulation of the Payments Council and a review of its decision to scrap cheque guarantee cards following the poor handling of the proposal to close the central-clearing facility.

Unite plans court action for companies avoiding new agency worker regulations

Unite has said it has evidence that some companies in the print industry are colluding with employment agencies to avoid new regulations and warned it will take them to court.

EC to investigate Royal Mail restructure

The European Commission has opened an investigation into the UK government's plans to restructure Royal Mail.

Printers warned not to miss out on chance to curb pre-packs

Printers could miss a one-off opportunity to put a stop to so-called "phoenix" companies if they don't take part in the recently launched consultation on proposed reform of insolvency rules.

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