HEADLINE SCANNER 01/10/13: US government in shutdown | Minimum wage rises | Job vacancies hit four-year high

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US government in shutdown

The United States government has been forced to begin closing huge numbers of non-essential public services after Republican politicians staged a series of efforts to block the Democrats’ plans to extend US healthcare insurance.

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Minimum wage rises

The national minimum wage has risen to £6.31 across the UK, a rise of 12 pence. Unions are calling for a greater rise as the cost of living has increased.

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Ross McEwan starts at RBS

The state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland welcomes New-Zealander Ross McEwan who succeeds Stephen Hester as chief executive.

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Poundland enjoying growth

Poundland has posted a 15.6% rise in underlying year earnings, and is aiming to reach 1000 stores in the UK.

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Innocent hits record profit

Drinks and ready-meal makers Innocent had a record year last year with profits up almost 200% to £12m.

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Job vacancies hit four year high

Job vacancies are at their highest for four years, although salaries remain “static”, according to a new report.

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