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UK funerals market faces double probe

The UK's consumer markets watchdog and Treasury have announced separate reviews of competition and price transparency in the £ 2 bnfuneralsmarket.
 The Competition and Markets Authority said it would investigate whether the information provided by funeral directors on prices and services is clear enough. It will also assess how and why prices have changed.
 The Treasury is to examine regulation in the pre-paid funerals market, to “stop grieving families from being ripped off”. The government will consult on tougher regulation and propose

JAB ready for more after Pret A Manger deal

After buying Pret A Manger this week, relentless dealmaker JAB Holdings should think of changing its name to Pret a Acheter.
 The British food-to-go chain is the latest addition to the bulging basket of household names in coffee, food and cosmetics by a little-known private company—one that has been blazing a trail through consumer industries with the backing of one of Europe's wealthiest families.

Postage-Stamp Cuisine

WHEN YOU turn out 100 dinners a night from a 170-square-foot kitchen, every inch counts. Chris Ono, chef de cuisine at Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica, Calif., keeps his knives on a tray that just fits in the space between the top of a small bar refrigerator and the bar itself.