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A shampoo manufacturer, Alpecin, which produces a caffeine-infused shampoo, claimed in adverts that the shampoo "can actually help to reduce hair loss". The adverts were headlined.. "German engineering for your hair." However, Alpecin has been ordered to stop making the "...


Data released by Registers of Scotland (RoS) found prices north of the border rose by 4.3% over the 12 months to August to £144,561. The UK average climbed by 8.4% over the same period to £218,964. Both Scotland and the UK showed a 1.3% increase on the previous month...


Gross mortgage lending is down to £21.4bn in July - the first full month since the referendum, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This was 1% lower than the same month last year and almost identical to June, the figures show. The data pre-dates the move by the...


The internet has changed the way people buy homes, just like it has changed the way we buy many things. The majority of UK residents have bought goods online and for many people, the internet is undoubtedly the first port of call when they are looking for a new home. They...


Data from Nationwide suggests that 69% of homebuyers across the UK are likely to benefit from the new Stamp Duty regime, with 29% seeing no change and just 2% likely to pay more.  According to transactions data and assuming an average saving of around £1,580 across a...


More than 3,200 people were surveyed by the bank's research into housing. More than a fifth of 45 to 54-year-olds and almost a quarter of 25 to 34-year-olds have remained where they grew up, but only 16% of 35 to 44-year-olds have stayed in the same place. Moving to a nice area...


Since he announced his tax plans, UK Chancellor George Osborne introduced a new system for the rest of the UK. It resulted in properties at the higher end of the market attracting a lower rate of tax than the proposed Scottish system. The changes in Scotland are due to come into...


The number of first-time buyers in 2014 rose to its highest level in seven years, according to one of the UK's largest lenders. The Halifax estimates that 326,500 people bought their first house or flat last year - a rise of 22% compared to 2013. That was the highest total...


HSBC will launch its lowest ever five-year fixed- rate mortgage  at 2.48 per cent for borrowers with a 40 per cent deposit willing to pay a £999 upfront fee. Last month, the lender launched a mortgage with a rate of 0.99 per cent for customers with a 40 per cent...


If you need something repairing, whether it is a white good like a washing machine or a semi-fixed installation like a boiler, first check if it is covered by the warranty or guarantee period first - and also what the extent of cover is.For example, is the machine only covered...


The latest house price index from LSL Property Services/Acadata found house sales recovered in September as the “uncertainty” over Scottish independence was put to bed with the referendum vote. But the report also showed average property values have fallen for the...


The trend may continue in the near term, especially in London, Nationwide added. Monthly house prices rose by 0.5% in October, taking the average house price up to £189,333. However, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist, said: "A variety of indicators suggest that...


The rate - as measured by the Consumer Prices Index - is the lowest since September 2009, when it was 1.1%. Lower energy and food prices helped to cut the rate, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also cited cheaper transport costs as a factor. The news sent the...


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