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European markets’ best run in two years; UK jobless rate falls; US retail sales disappoint – as it happened

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European stock markets have racked up their longest winning streak since April 2019, as optimism over the economic recovery continues to lift shares.

London's market also saw gains, with the FTSE 100 finishing at its highest close in almost 16 months. But shares in mining companies, and property companies dipped.

The pound nudged a one-month low, after the ending of lockdown restrictions was postponed by a month. Oil also pushed higher, with Brent crude hitting £74 per barrel tonight, the first time in over two years.

But investor Michael Burry gave the markets something to ponder - tweeting that we're in the biggest speculative bubble ever.

Cassandra (@michaeljburry)

People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360

June 15, 2021

The day began with the UK's jobless rate dropping to its lowest since last summer, at 4.7%.

The number of people joining company payrolls surged by almost 200,000, as firms took on more staff to handle rising demand following the easing of lockdown rules this spring. Vacancies jumped to their highest since the pandemic, while redundancies also returned to more normal levels. But experts warned that long-term unemployment was rising, including among younger people.

A volley of US economic data painted a mixed picture, with retail sales falling faster than expected in May.

Economist cited supply chain problems, rising prices, and the move towards spending money on services rather than 'stuff' as lockdowns eased.

Confidence among homebuilders fell, as rising prices made new homes less affordable, while producer prices surged as manufacturers and service sector providers hiked prices. On the upside, US industrial production rose -- lifted by a jump in car production. And the UK and Australia agreed the broad sweep of a new trade deal....but its impact on households will be meagre.

As my colleague Richard Partington explains:

Tariffs will be cut on Australian products such as Jacob's Creek and Hardys wines, as well as on beef, lamb, swimwear and confectionary.

However, by the government's own admission, the savings add up to GBP34m a year - little more than a pound each per household. Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell into Australia, aiming to help UK industries that employ 3.5 million people. Still, the government admits that its deal will only boost UK GDP by up to 0.02% after 15 years, barely a rounding error for a GBP2tn economy.

Farmers, though, fear a surge of Australian meat that will undermine their businesses.

Peter Walker (@peterwalker99)

On the Australia-UK trade deal, Labour argue the tariff-free quotas for meat imports are so high the 15-year protective period for UK farmers is essentially pointless.

Initial limit for beef imports: 35,000 tonnes. *Total* imports in 2019: 1,766 tonnes. https://t.co/YEfRBuyGJL

June 15, 2021

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has warned fintech firms to expect some 'tough love', reiterating the need for stablecoins to be fully backed by assets. The UK's competition watchdog announced a review of Apple and Google's mobile ecosystems, over concerns that their dominance is hurting consumers.

Stocks are slightly lower on Wall Street, ahead of tomorrow's Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow and the S&P 500 are down around 0.15%, with the Nasdaq Composite off 0.65%.

Here are more of today's stories:

Goodnight. GW

Updated at 7.41pm BST

Burry: It's the greatest speculative bubble of all time...

Investor Michael Burry -- most famous for his role in The Big Short -- has warned that the markets are currently in the greatest speculative bubble ever.

Burry returned to Twitter this week for the first time since February, and tweeted a new warning about rampant speculation, saying:

"People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360."

Cassandra (@michaeljburry)

People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360

June 15, 2021

Business Insider explains what the 'flying pigs' reference means....

The hashtag was likely a reference to a famous saying in investing: "Bulls make money, bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered." Burry has repeatedly told investors that they're being too greedy, speculating wildly, shouldering too much risk, and chasing unrealistic returns.

The Scion Asset Management chief deleted his Twitter profile in early April after sounding the alarm on Tesla stock - which he's short - as well as GameStop, bitcoin, dogecoin, Robinhood, SPACs, inflation, and the broader stock market. He resumed tweeting on Monday.

European stock markets post longest winning streak in two years

Europe's stock markets have racked up their longest run of gains since April 2019 - by a whisker.

The Stoxx 600 index of European shares has closed half a point higher at 458.81 points, up just 0.11%. That's its eighth daily gain in a row, the best run since mid-April 2019, and a record closing high.

The Stoxx 600 over the last two years

The Stoxx 600 has surged by 15% so far this year, extending its recovery from last spring's crash, as the vaccine rollout has boosted confidence that Europe's economy will recover.

The European Central Bank's PEPP bond-buying programme, and massive fiscal spending from the US, has also supported the markets, with investors confident that stimulus won't end soon.

FTSE 100 closes at near 16-month high

Back in the City, the FTSE 100 has ended the day at its highest close since the pandemic hit Europe in late February 2020.

The blue-chip index finished today's session nearly 26 points higher at 7172 points.

That's its highest close since 21 February 2020, just before parts of Lombardy went into lockdown, triggering turmoil in global markets.

The FTSE 100 earlier hit a new near-16 month intraday high of 7189 points, the highest since markets started to tumble in the last week of February 2020. As this chart shows, the FTSE 100 hasn't recovered all its pandemic losses - unlike the US stock market, or Germany's DAX - but it's getting closer:

The FTSE 100 over the last two years

AB Foods (+3.3%), which owns discount clothing chain Primark, was the top riser, followed by telecoms group BT (+2.9%).

Royal Dutch Shell (+2.3%) added to yesterday's gains, as oil continued to climb. Multinationals benefitted from the weaker pound, with engineering firm Spirax-Sarco (+2%), chemicals group Johnson Matthey (+2%) and tobacco firm BAT (+1.8%) in the risers.

But... the more UK-focused FTSE 250 index fell by 0.5%.

Fallers included commercial property firm Hammerson (-6.5%), whose shopping centre tenants will be hurt by the delay to ending lockdown, and holiday operator TUI (-3.4%), as hopes of a holiday getaway this summer faded for some families.

Oil prices pushed higher today as traders anticipated stronger demand as the global economy recovers, and the prospect of an imminent increase in supply from Iran faded.

Brent crude traded as high at £73.90 per barrel, the highest since April 2019. US crude hit its highest since October 2018, touching £72 per barrel.

UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said demand for oil was likely to outstrip supply in the short term:

"With supply growth lagging demand growth in the near term, faster falling oil inventories are supporting oil prices,"

Ricardo Evangelista, senior analyst at ActivTrades, said traders were watching the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tehran:

The markets have been looking with interest at the ongoing negotiations between the US and Iran, with the objective of reviving the nuclear agreement between the two countries, which could also mean the end of restrictions on Iranian oil sales. However, early losses in the price of crude were swiftly reversed following indirect negotiations between the two countries that have so far failed to bear any fruits, with observers considering that an agreement is far from imminent.

Crude Oil Today (@WtiOil)

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Today's Crude Oil Prices:
? WTI: £71.77 (+0.87)
? Brent: £73.62 (+0.76) #supply #crudeoil #oilexploration

June 15, 2021

Ryanair boss: airlines must fly over rogue states despite Belarus 'hijacking'

Gwyn Topham

Airlines must remain free to fly over rogue states despite the "state-sponsored hijacking" of a plane by Belarus, according to the boss of Ryanair, as he told MPs of the "hostile and threatening" actions towards the flight crew in Minsk.

The captain and five crew of Ryanair flight FR4978 from Athens to Vilnius were put under armed guard in Minsk after diverting the plane for a fake bomb threat - apparently staged to allow the Belarus government to capture an opposition journalist among the 126 passengers.

Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega were arrested on landing. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said the crew were pressured to provide filmed statements saying that they had diverted voluntarily, although Minsk air traffic control had told the captain that a bomb would be detonated if the plane continued to its original destination in Lithuania.

The ATC also falsely claimed to have tried to contact Ryanair's operations base, leaving the captain with no option but to heed their advice, O'Leary said.

O'Leary told the Commons transport select committee on Tuesday that the captain was:

"repeatedly seeking an open line of communication to Ryanair's operations control centre in Warsaw, various excuses came back from Minsk on why they couldn't reach us, Ryanair weren't answering the phone, all of which was completely untrue".

He said the pilot's only means of communications was through Minsk, which "confirmed it was a red alert".

Upon landing, unidentified persons boarded the aircraft carrying video cameras, O'Leary said, to "repeatedly attempt to get the crew to confirm on video that they had voluntarily diverted.

"The crew were put under significant pressure, taken under armed guard and held for a number of hours. The captain was accompanied by an armed guard ...

It was a very hostile and threatening environment."

Here's the full story:

In something of a financial morality tale, the EU has excluded 10 of the heaviest-hitting banks in the debt market from running lucrative bond sales as part of its EUR800bn recovery fund.

Why? Because historic breaches of antitrust rules - such as manipulating currency markets or taking part in a bond trading cartel - mean they have blotted their copybook with the Commission. So while these issues took place some time ago, and have been settled, these banks will miss out on some juicy fees if they're not seen as 'fit' to handle the work.

The FT has the story:

Brussels' biggest ever borrowing spree kicks off on Tuesday with the sale of a new 10-year bond to fund the NextGenerationEU programme under a so-called syndication, where a group of banks is paid to drum up demand from investors.

But 10, including big players such as JPMorgan, Citigroup, Bank of America and Barclays, have been told they cannot take part in these deals due to previous involvement in market-rigging scandals, according to people familiar with the matter.

Banks found to have breached EU competition rules "will not be invited to tender for individual syndicated transactions", said a spokesman for the European Commission, which handles debt issuance on behalf of the EU.

"The Commission implements a strict approach to ensuring that the entities with whom it works are fit to be a counterparty of the EU."

Banks found guilty of antitrust breaches will be required to show they have taken "remedial measures" to prevent them happening again before they will be allowed to bid for syndications, the spokesman added.

Tommy Stubbington (@TomStub)

EU freezes 10 banks out of bond sales over antitrust breaches https://t.co/HL2KtuTLQA via @financialtimes

June 15, 2021

US homebuilder confidence knocked by rising costs

More US data on the wires.. and this time, confidence among American homebuilders has fallen to a 10-month low.

Sentiment was knocked by rising costs and supply shortages, which may show the US housing market is cooling after a surge in prices in the last year. Here's the details, via CNBC.

  • Homebuilder sentiment dropped 2 points to 81 on the NAHB's monthly index, down from a recent record peak of 90 last November.
  • "Higher costs and declining availability for softwood lumber and other building materials pushed down builder sentiment in June," said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.
  • Builder sentiment rose in the West but fell in all other regions, most sharply in the Northeast, but overall sentiment remains high in historical terms.

NAHB chairman Chuck Fowke, a homebuilder from Tampa, Florida, said rising costs were making houses less affordable:

"Higher costs and declining availability for softwood lumber and other building materials pushed down builder sentiment in June,"

"These higher costs have moved some new homes beyond the budget of prospective buyers, which has slowed the strong pace of home building."

Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders)

Unexpected downtick for June ?@NAHBhome? Homebuilder Confidence, to 81 vs.

83 est./prior month; present & future single family sales fell, along with prospective buyers traffic ... unavoidable increases for new home prices continuing to push buyers to sidelines pic.twitter.com/QnDuwqFm7y

June 15, 2021 CNBC (@CNBC)

Homebuilder sentiment drops to 10-month low, as construction costs drive prices higher https://t.co/XX0ctqmriv

June 15, 2021

Lumber prices, incidentally, have been falling steadily in the futures market since soaring dramatically earlier this year. With prices so steep, some people have been putting off new projects, while the temporary surge in demand that pushed prices up is fading.....

Dominic Chu (@TheDomino)

Yeah...I'd say Lumber futures have gotten a serious reality check...you could almost say that the sky-high prices for this commodity were "transitory" https://t.co/cCQMLnd4U8 pic.twitter.com/D057yu0gqO

June 15, 2021

Wall Street opens cautiously ahead of the Fed

After that flurry of economic data, the New York stock exchange has opened cautiously ahead of tomorrow's Federal Reserve decision.

Energy stocks are rallying, as crude oil prices hit their highest levels in over two years. But other stocks are more subdued, with retailers, and some banks and tech firms dipping.

So after opening at a record high, the S&P 500 index has slipped a little.

Investing.com (@Investingcom)

?BREAKING: *S&P 500 HITS NEW RECORD HIGH ? pic.twitter.com/muJyDKiKxT

June 15, 2021
  • Dow Jones industrial average: Down 121 points or 0.35% at 34,272 points
  • S&P 500: down 6 points or 0.15% at 4,248 points
  • Nasdaq Composite: down 27 points or 0.2% at 14,146 points

Chevron are leading the Dow risers, up 1.6%, followed by American Express (+0.6%), while JP Morgan (-1.5%) and DIY chain Home Depot (-1.1%) are leading the fallers.

US factory production has picked up, led by a recovery in car manufacturing.

Total industrial production increased 0.8% in May, new data from the Federal Reserve shows, following a downwardly revised 0.1% in April. Manufacturing production advanced 0.9 percent, led by a 6.7% gain in production of motor vehicles and parts -- after the computer chip shortage hammered output earlier this year.

The Fed says:

Overall vehicle assemblies jumped about 1 million units to 9.9 million units (annual rate); even so, they remained more than 1 million units below their average level in the second half of 2020, as production continued to be hampered by shortages of semiconductors

Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders)

Industrial production in May stronger at +0.8% vs. +0.7% est. & +0.1% in prior month (unfortunately rev down from +0.7%); factory production +0.9% vs. -0.1% prior; utilities +0.2% vs. +1.9% prior; mining +1.2% vs. -0.4% prior pic.twitter.com/CxlyIvl4Ny

June 15, 2021

US producer price inflation jumps to 6.6%

US producers kept hiking their prices in May, in another sign that inflationary pressures are building.

Producer prices rose by 6.6% per year in May, the largest increase since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began calculating 12-month data in November 2010.

Core PPI inflation (stripping out food, energy and trade services) climbed 5.3% - the highest since data began in August 2014. On a monthly basis, the producer price index rose 0.8%.

Goods inflation drove prices higher, up 1.5% in May while services prices rose 0.6%.

Prices of goods such as non-ferrous metals, meat, fuel, and motor vehicles increased in May. On the services side, the cost of automobile retailing, freight transport, clothing and footwear retailing, portfolio management and building materials supplies retailing all rose.

Firms are raising their prices following a jump in costs -- such as raw materials, transport and wages -- and in response to higher demand.

Neil Birrell, Premier Miton Chief Investment Officer, says this may put pressure on the Federal Reserve as it starts its two-day meeting today:

"US producer prices jumped much more than expected to 6.6% in May; this could put a bit of pressure on the Fed tomorrow in how they word their comments on inflation and the outlook for rates.

Meanwhile, retail sales missed expectations, showing a big drop over April, suggesting that the consumer recovery may not be as strong as thought, but this is only one data point in a strong recovery."

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Scots can get half price discount at Nando’s if they dine in with an OAP

Scots can get a whopping half price discount at Nando's this weekend - as long as they bring and elderly friend or relative with them. The restaurant chain will slash 50% off the total bill (up to the value of GBP20) when they dine in their local branch with someone over the age of 65 from June 7 to 9. Bosses say that the 'NanGo's free' promotion is to celebrate our much-missed grandparents or elderly friends, who have spent the best part of a year in isolation.

And with lockdown restrictions and the majority of elderly Scots now getting a jab to help them fight off Covid, it's the perfect time to take them out for a long-awaited meal. Scots simply need to sign up on the Nando's website for a code that enables them to get the discount on the day. The campaign runs alongside Nando's wider community-led food donation programme, No Chuckin' Our Chicken - which has seen over 600,000 meals donated, via various food charities across the UK since its inception.

Many of these charities serve food to elderly people across the UK who aren't lucky enough to have families to treat them. With this in mind Nando's will be collecting donations for City Harvest and the Xcess Network throughout the #NanGo's promotion until the end of June to help raise funds to feed vulnerable elderly people across the UK. Customers will be encouraged to donate 25p (enough for one meal donation) via the new Nando's pay at table app.

Anyone looking to take advantage of the offer can find out where their local branch is here.

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MarketFinance Explains how UK’s Help to Grow Program will Assist Businesses with Enhancing Skills, Profits

UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world's largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, notes that in early March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak had announced the UK government's Help to Grow program in his Spring Budget. MarketFinance notes in a blog post that the program is designed to help UK business owners enhance their skills, software and profits at "a heavily subsidized cost." The GBP520 million program should help 30,000 SMEs with gaining access to "discounted" software and digital advice, and also proper management training. Set to be introduced for SMEs in June 2021, the details of the program have now been "ironed out" and is open for registrations, the blog from MarktetFinance noted.

There are two Help to Grow options that are available - Management or Digital - to choose from. MarketFinence's blog explains that Help to Grow is about giving companies or businesses the tools and insight they require to grow and further develop their operations. It's meant to serve as a way to boost small businesses and upskill the workforce in the United Kingdom.

The Treasury has reportedly been working with business professionals and software firms in order promote investment in skills and expertise for around 30,000 SMEs across the UK. The MarketFinance team noted:

"Levelling up productivity after the challenging year that businesses have faced is key to boosting the nation's economic recovery, in the Chancellor's eyes. The Help to Grow: Management program allows businesses to learn new approaches to management that will support their strategies and employees.

The Help to Grow: Digital program gives unbiased software advice to help businesses that are behind in tech and offers 50% off software to help them level up."

MarketFinance also mentioned that the management side of Help to Grow mainly focuses on executive training. It's a 12-week program (should be manageable for people working full-time) that gives us important insights from leading UK-based business schools. Additionally, there's a  practical teaching program along with 1:1 sessions with a business mentor, peer-learning and a network of various other business professionals, MarketFinance noted.

Sessions are carried out online and also in-person, so make sure you factor that in, the P2P lender added. MarketFinance also mentioned:

"The program is 90% funded by the government so you'll pay just GBP750. It's an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge and know-how to help you scale your business, giving you the tools you need to grow.

Help to Grow: Management kicks off at the end of June and will run for 3 years with 30,000 places available during that time."

Key modules will aim to cover innovation, financial management and "taking advantage of digital opportunities," and you will get to enhance your leadership skills, marketing opportunities, employee engagement while focusing on "responsible business," MarketFinance added. As mentioned in the company's blog:

"One of the most exciting sides of the program are the 1:1 sessions with the UK's top business leaders offering tailored advice for executives. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced this week that individuals from NatWest, Goldman Sachs and the CBI are among the high-profile leaders offering their expertise.

These mentors and your professors will help you develop a business plan to achieve growth and encourage your business to reach its full potential."

Help to Grow: Management courses are being offered at the following business schools: Aston Business School - 28 June 2021 - West Midlands
Leeds Business School (Leeds Beckett University) - 14 September 2021 - Yorkshire & Humber
Coventry Business School - 23 August 2021 - West Midlands
University of Bradford School of Management - 21 September 2021 - Yorkshire & Humber
Derby Business School - 5 July 2021 - East Midlands
Bristol Business School (University of West of England) - 6 September 2021 - South West
Kingston Business School - 30 August 2021 - London
University of Leicester School of Business - 13 September 2021 - East Midlands MarketFinance suggested that if you are looking to specifically "improve the tech your business uses then the digital program could be a great opportunity." You should be able to get "free" impartial advice on what tech and software could "make an impact" on your business.

This is "a great way to find out if there's a new online platform or program that could give your business the boost it needs to take on the next phase of recovery," the blog noted. UK businesses in "any sector can apply as long as they've been operating for at least a year and have between 5 and 249 employees," the blog added while noting that charities are not eligible. The program is open to a "decision maker" or senior management from within your business.

For instance, the CEO or Financial Director. MarketFinance's blog also not that UK-registered business that has "between 2 and 249 employees and has been trading for at least a year can apply for the Help to Grow digital voucher." You may only use it on software you have noted purchased before.

To apply for these programs, you have to work with a specific business school for the Management program, so you need to take a look at all the options available.

(Note: to learn more, check here.)

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Supposed Taco Bell, Walmart coupon offers are bogus

The Associated Press checks out some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. This one is bogus, even though it was shared widely on social media. Here are the facts:

CLAIM: Taco Bell is offering £60 and Walmart is offering £75 to customers who share and comment on their posts.

THE FACTS: These offers are not real and were posted by accounts impersonating Taco Bell and Walmart, but thousands of Facebook users have shared posts with the claims this week.

"Taco Bell is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary on March 24th and In order to help our loyal customers, Every single person who has shared & commented before 5PM Wednesday will be sent one of these boxes containing a £60 Taco Bell gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter!" reads a post from a Facebook page impersonating Taco Bell.

"To celebrate the great news of Walmart becoming plastic bags free by the end of 2021, we are giving one of these Walmart gift-bags to everyone who has shared & commented before 9pm March 24th.

Each person who does this will receive one gift bag full of goodies and a £75 Walmart voucher," reads a post from a Facebook page posing as Walmart.

The posts come from Facebook accounts that at first glance appear to match the name and branding of each company, but actually claim to represent an "unofficial community page."

Representatives from both companies confirmed the posts are not real. "We can confirm that webpage is impersonating Taco Bell and does not represent the brand," Taco Bell's public relations team told the AP in an emailed statement. "The brand is not giving out £60 to everyone who interacts with the post.

Taco Bell's 60th birthday is actually in 2022."

Casey Staheli, senior manager of national media relations at Walmart, said, "This page is not affiliated with or endorsed by Walmart.

We take any fraud impacting our customers seriously and continue to implement and improve upon measures designed to help guard against various consumer scams."

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PUBG Mobile redeem code for today (March 24th): Free outfit, crate coupon, BP, and more

PUBG Mobile redeem codes are usually released by developers on special occasions and provide players with exclusive rewards. The game marked its third anniversary on March 21, for which a party was organized. Celebrations are currently underway in-game through various events.

A new set of redeem codes have been released to commemorate the occasion.

This article provides players with the latest PUBG Mobile redeem code that offers various rewards, including new in-game singles, outfits, classic crate coupons, and more. Also read: How to update PUBG Mobile KR to 1.3 version: Step-by-step guide and download link for global users.


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Players need to use these codes as soon as possible since they have a specific usage limit, after which they are exhausted. Once expired, players will not be able to use them and will face the following error:

"Redemption Limit Reached"


Using redeem codes in PUBG Mobile

It is straightforward to use redeem codes in PUBG Mobile. Players can follow the steps below:

Step 1: It is essential to emphasize that the redeem codes in PUBG Mobile can be used from the official Redemption Center. The link has been provided below: Website: Click here

Step 2: Next, users have to enter their PUBG Mobile ID, redeem code, and verification code in the specified text field. Advertisement Step 3: After filling in all the particulars, press the redeem button.

A pop-up will appear, prompting confirmation of the details.

Step 4: Rewards will be received soon and can be obtained from the mail section.


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Is Subway Offering $55 Gift Cards on Facebook for its Anniversary?

On March 20, 2021, we received messages from readers that asked about a purported giveaway on Facebook. The promotion offered £55 coupons and gift cards redeemable at Subway restaurants for the company's 55th anniversary. The page in question was created on March 18, 2021.

The only post claimed "Everyone Gets £55 Coupon + Surprises FREE!":

Subway is not giving out £55 gift cards for its 55th anniversary on Facebook.

Subway is not giving out £55 gift cards for its 55th anniversary on Facebook.

However, this was misleading and potentially harmful. This was not an official Facebook page. Subway was not offering £55 coupons and gift cards for its anniversary.

The Fraudulent Facebook Post

The fake Facebook post appeared to lead to affiliate offers.

It may also have led to identity theft or phishing attempts. The text of the post read as follows. We omitted the potentially harmful website that was displayed at the end of the post:

Subway is going to celebrate its 55th anniversary on March 22, 2021, and In order to help our loyal customers Every single person who has shared&commented before 4PM Sunday will be sent one of these boxes containing a £55 subway gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter!

Make sure to validate your entry @ (website omitted) - Good luck!

The fake page was named "Subway," with an accent over one of the letters. This was not consistent with the official spelling of Subway restaurants.

The Real Subway Facebook Page

On the flip side, the real Facebook page for Subway has a white and blue verified badge. The fake page did not have a verified badge.

This was one way to discern real versus fake information when it came to prominent companies like Subway.

Unlike the fake page, the real Subway restaurants Facebook page has a white and blue verified badge.

Unlike the fake page, the real Subway Facebook page has a white and blue verified badge.

Anniversary Scams on Facebook

In past years, fake anniversary offers for coupons, gift cards, and vouchers were quite common on Facebook. Such pages often post fake prizes in order to lead Facebook users to various affiliate offers on other websites. Once a few users actually follow through with some of the affiliate offers, the people who created the fraudulent Facebook pages likely pocket a little bit of money.

As for Facebook posts like the fake Subway offer, after it has been available for several hours or days, the page managers usually delete the post to scrub the page of any evidence of the scheme. Sometime later, they often make a new post to start the fake offer once again. For example, we previously reported about scams involving fake vacation offers for Las Vegas and Bora Bora.

Weeks later, Facebook still hadn't taken action on the pages, likely because they had been scrubbed of the old offers to appear innocent.

In sum, Subway was not offering £55 coupons and gift cards on Facebook on its 55th anniversary.

The page where the fraudulent post was made was not an official Subway page.

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Top deals on romantic UK breaks you can bag now and choose when you go later

The vaccine roll out and England's lockdown roadmap are offering a glimmer of hope for those wanting to plan a getaway - but the ongoing uncertainty in the pandemic don't exactly make it tempting to book right now. The good news is that there are plenty of deals to be had which you can secure now, without needing to immediately commit to a trip. Red Letter Days and Buyagift both have a number of romantic minibreaks you can book from GBP99 - and because they're vouchers, you can bag the offer and then plan your trip and dates later. (If Covid means you're unable to use the voucher, you may be able to extend its validity - check the T&Cs before buying).

In fact, the two voucher websites have noted spikes in searches for their romantic getaways from glamping weekends to spa breaks, since England's lockdown roadmap was announced in February. We take a look at some of the top deals to be had depending on whether you're after a glamping weekend, spa break or a hotel getaway - check out our top picks below.

Top deals on glamping breaks

(C) E+ Glamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuries

According to Buyagift data, searches for Glamping experiences have surged by 88% year-on-year, while Red Letter Days has noted a 337% spike in sales of its experiences since the start of March. Check out some of the top glamping deals below...

  • Two-night glamping break from GBP99 : Stay two nights at a glamping site from a pod to a timber tent.

    Various UK locations included, voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

  • Two-night break from GBP99 : Stay two nights in glamping accommodation with a choice of 31 UK locations including Devon and Cumbria. Based on two people staying.
  • Glamping break with hot tub from GBP99 : Includes an overnight stay at the Woodland Escape in Somerset in a tent or yurt with a private hot tub.

    Perks include a bottle of fizz, double bed and bath robes. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

Gallery: 11 fantastic autumn holiday ideas for September, October and November (Prima (UK))

Top deals on spa breaks

(C) Getty Images/iStockphoto Portrait of attractive cheerful couple in spa center

Spas in England are set to reopen from April 12 at the earliest, although it's worth noting that saunas and steam rooms won't be able to reopen until May.

  • Overnight relaxation break from GBP129 : Includes overnight stay, breakfast and access to spa and facilities.

    Choice of UK hotels. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

    Treatments not included.

  • Overnight stay from GBP139.99 : Includes an overnight stay and access to spa facilities and breakfast. Various UK locations included. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Overnight stay with treatment from GBP249 : Includes an overnight stay at the Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Essex, breakfast, three-course dinner at the Rosewood Restaurant, 20-minute treatment each and full access to the spa and facilities.
  • Overnight stay with treatments from GBP299 : Includes an overnight stay at the Rowhill Grange in Dartford, breakfast, full access to spa facilities, and a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage each.

    Also includes allocation of GBP35pp for dinner. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

Top deals on hotel stays

(C) Getty A couple lie on a bed planning a holiday
  • Two-night breaks from GBP99 : Includes two nights at a hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast.

    Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Deluxe two-night breaks from GBP139 : Includes two nights at a deluxe hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Deluxe two-night break with dinner from GBP179 : Includes two nights at a hotel with breakfast, and dinner on your first night. Voucher is valid for 20 months and can be used in both the UK and Europe.
  • Two-night Lake District break from GBP199 : Includes two nights at at a choice of 4* and 5* hotels in the Lake District with choice of room only, breakfast or half board options.

    Voucher valid for 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Five-night Devon break from GBP369 : Includes five nights at a choice of 3-5* hotels in Devon with room only, breakfast or half board options. Based on two people sharing a room.

For full details on Covid-19 policies visit buyagift.co.uk/covid19 and redletterdays.co.uk/covid19.

Looking for more inspiration?

We have a guide to the UK's best romantic destinations as well as our pick of the top romantic hotels if you're looking to plan a weekend minibreak.

As for deals, you may want to bookmark our Staycation and Holiday Deals pages which we regularly update with the latest sales and discounts we find that we think you'll love.

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Top deals on romantic UK breaks you can bag now and choose when you go later

The vaccine roll out and England's lockdown roadmap are offering a glimmer of hope for those wanting to plan a getaway - but the ongoing uncertainty in the pandemic don't exactly make it tempting to book right now. The good news is that there are plenty of deals to be had which you can secure now, without needing to immediately commit to a trip. Red Letter Days and Buyagift both have a number of romantic minibreaks you can book from GBP99 - and because they're vouchers, you can bag the offer and then plan your trip and dates later. (If Covid means you're unable to use the voucher, you may be able to extend its validity - check the T&Cs before buying).

In fact, the two voucher websites have noted spikes in searches for their romantic getaways from glamping weekends to spa breaks, since England's lockdown roadmap was announced in February. We take a look at some of the top deals to be had depending on whether you're after a glamping weekend, spa break or a hotel getaway - check out our top picks below.

Top deals on glamping breaks

(C) E+ Glamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuries

According to Buyagift data, searches for Glamping experiences have surged by 88% year-on-year, while Red Letter Days has noted a 337% spike in sales of its experiences since the start of March. Check out some of the top glamping deals below...

  • Two-night glamping break from GBP99 : Stay two nights at a glamping site from a pod to a timber tent.

    Various UK locations included, voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

  • Two-night break from GBP99 : Stay two nights in glamping accommodation with a choice of 31 UK locations including Devon and Cumbria. Based on two people staying.
  • Glamping break with hot tub from GBP99 : Includes an overnight stay at the Woodland Escape in Somerset in a tent or yurt with a private hot tub.

    Perks include a bottle of fizz, double bed and bath robes. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

Gallery: 11 fantastic autumn holiday ideas for September, October and November (Prima (UK))

Top deals on spa breaks

(C) Getty Images/iStockphoto Portrait of attractive cheerful couple in spa center

Spas in England are set to reopen from April 12 at the earliest, although it's worth noting that saunas and steam rooms won't be able to reopen until May.

  • Overnight relaxation break from GBP129 : Includes overnight stay, breakfast and access to spa and facilities.

    Choice of UK hotels. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

    Treatments not included.

  • Overnight stay from GBP139.99 : Includes an overnight stay and access to spa facilities and breakfast. Various UK locations included. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Overnight stay with treatment from GBP249 : Includes an overnight stay at the Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Essex, breakfast, three-course dinner at the Rosewood Restaurant, 20-minute treatment each and full access to the spa and facilities.
  • Overnight stay with treatments from GBP299 : Includes an overnight stay at the Rowhill Grange in Dartford, breakfast, full access to spa facilities, and a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage each.

    Also includes allocation of GBP35pp for dinner. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

Top deals on hotel stays

(C) Getty A couple lie on a bed planning a holiday
  • Two-night breaks from GBP99 : Includes two nights at a hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast.

    Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Deluxe two-night breaks from GBP139 : Includes two nights at a deluxe hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Deluxe two-night break with dinner from GBP179 : Includes two nights at a hotel with breakfast, and dinner on your first night. Voucher is valid for 20 months and can be used in both the UK and Europe.
  • Two-night Lake District break from GBP199 : Includes two nights at at a choice of 4* and 5* hotels in the Lake District with choice of room only, breakfast or half board options.

    Voucher valid for 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Five-night Devon break from GBP369 : Includes five nights at a choice of 3-5* hotels in Devon with room only, breakfast or half board options. Based on two people sharing a room.

For full details on Covid-19 policies visit buyagift.co.uk/covid19 and redletterdays.co.uk/covid19.

Looking for more inspiration?

We have a guide to the UK's best romantic destinations as well as our pick of the top romantic hotels if you're looking to plan a weekend minibreak.

As for deals, you may want to bookmark our Staycation and Holiday Deals pages which we regularly update with the latest sales and discounts we find that we think you'll love.

Where's your favourite destination for a romantic getaway in the UK?

Let us know in the comments below.

Categories
Coupons & Offers

Top deals on romantic UK breaks you can bag now and choose when you go later

The vaccine roll out and England's lockdown roadmap are offering a glimmer of hope for those wanting to plan a getaway - but the ongoing uncertainty in the pandemic don't exactly make it tempting to book right now. The good news is that there are plenty of deals to be had which you can secure now, without needing to immediately commit to a trip. Red Letter Days and Buyagift both have a number of romantic minibreaks you can book from GBP99 - and because they're vouchers, you can bag the offer and then plan your trip and dates later. (If Covid means you're unable to use the voucher, you may be able to extend its validity - check the T&Cs before buying).

In fact, the two voucher websites have noted spikes in searches for their romantic getaways from glamping weekends to spa breaks, since England's lockdown roadmap was announced in February. We take a look at some of the top deals to be had depending on whether you're after a glamping weekend, spa break or a hotel getaway - check out our top picks below.

Top deals on glamping breaks

Glamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuriesGlamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuries
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According to Buyagift data, searches for Glamping experiences have surged by 88% year-on-year, while Red Letter Days has noted a 337% spike in sales of its experiences since the start of March. Check out some of the top glamping deals below...

  • Two-night glamping break from GBP99 : Stay two nights at a glamping site from a pod to a timber tent.

    Various UK locations included, voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

  • Two-night break from GBP99 : Stay two nights in glamping accommodation with a choice of 31 UK locations including Devon and Cumbria. Based on two people staying.
  • Glamping break with hot tub from GBP99 : Includes an overnight stay at the Woodland Escape in Somerset in a tent or yurt with a private hot tub.

    Perks include a bottle of fizz, double bed and bath robes. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

Top deals on spa breaks

Portrait of attractive cheerful couple in spa centerA spa break can be the perfect place for post-lockdown destressing

Spas in England are set to reopen from April 12 at the earliest, although it's worth noting that saunas and steam rooms won't be able to reopen until May.

  • Overnight relaxation break from GBP129 : Includes overnight stay, breakfast and access to spa and facilities.

    Choice of UK hotels. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

    Treatments not included.

  • Overnight stay from GBP139.99 : Includes an overnight stay and access to spa facilities and breakfast. Various UK locations included. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Overnight stay with treatment from GBP249 : Includes an overnight stay at the Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Essex, breakfast, three-course dinner at the Rosewood Restaurant, 20-minute treatment each and full access to the spa and facilities.
  • Overnight stay with treatments from GBP299 : Includes an overnight stay at the Rowhill Grange in Dartford, breakfast, full access to spa facilities, and a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage each.

    Also includes allocation of GBP35pp for dinner. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

Top deals on hotel stays

A couple lie on a bed planning a holidayLooking for deals for a romantic getaway?
  • Two-night breaks from GBP99 : Includes two nights at a hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast.

    Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Deluxe two-night breaks from GBP139 : Includes two nights at a deluxe hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Deluxe two-night break with dinner from GBP179 : Includes two nights at a hotel with breakfast, and dinner on your first night. Voucher is valid for 20 months and can be used in both the UK and Europe.
  • Two-night Lake District break from GBP199 : Includes two nights at at a choice of 4* and 5* hotels in the Lake District with choice of room only, breakfast or half board options.

    Voucher valid for 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Five-night Devon break from GBP369 : Includes five nights at a choice of 3-5* hotels in Devon with room only, breakfast or half board options. Based on two people sharing a room.

For full details on Covid-19 policies visit buyagift.co.uk/covid19 and redletterdays.co.uk/covid19.

Looking for more inspiration?

Get more travel inspiration and news

The Mirror's travel newsletter brings you the latest news and expert analysis from across the industry, as well as plenty of travel inspiration.

Our travel experts also seek out the best deals whether for UK holidays or abroad. It will be sent to your inbox twice a week, so sign up here We have a guide to the UK's best romantic destinations as well as our pick of the top romantic hotels if you're looking to plan a weekend minibreak.

As for deals, you may want to bookmark our Staycation and Holiday Deals pages which we regularly update with the latest sales and discounts we find that we think you'll love.

Where's your favourite destination for a romantic getaway in the UK?

Let us know in the comments below.

Categories
Coupons & Offers

Top deals on romantic UK breaks you can bag now and choose when you go later

The vaccine roll out and England's lockdown roadmap are offering a glimmer of hope for those wanting to plan a getaway - but the ongoing uncertainty in the pandemic don't exactly make it tempting to book right now. The good news is that there are plenty of deals to be had which you can secure now, without needing to immediately commit to a trip. Red Letter Days and Buyagift both have a number of romantic minibreaks you can book from GBP99 - and because they're vouchers, you can bag the offer and then plan your trip and dates later. (If Covid means you're unable to use the voucher, you may be able to extend its validity - check the T&Cs before buying).

In fact, the two voucher websites have noted spikes in searches for their romantic getaways from glamping weekends to spa breaks, since England's lockdown roadmap was announced in February. We take a look at some of the top deals to be had depending on whether you're after a glamping weekend, spa break or a hotel getaway - check out our top picks below.

Top deals on glamping breaks

Glamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuriesGlamping is ideal for those who want to camp but with some luxuries
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles

According to Buyagift data, searches for Glamping experiences have surged by 88% year-on-year, while Red Letter Days has noted a 337% spike in sales of its experiences since the start of March. Check out some of the top glamping deals below...

  • Two-night glamping break from GBP99 : Stay two nights at a glamping site from a pod to a timber tent.

    Various UK locations included, voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

  • Two-night break from GBP99 : Stay two nights in glamping accommodation with a choice of 31 UK locations including Devon and Cumbria. Based on two people staying.
  • Glamping break with hot tub from GBP99 : Includes an overnight stay at the Woodland Escape in Somerset in a tent or yurt with a private hot tub.

    Perks include a bottle of fizz, double bed and bath robes. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people staying.

Top deals on spa breaks

Portrait of attractive cheerful couple in spa centerA spa break can be the perfect place for post-lockdown destressing

Spas in England are set to reopen from April 12 at the earliest, although it's worth noting that saunas and steam rooms won't be able to reopen until May.

  • Overnight relaxation break from GBP129 : Includes overnight stay, breakfast and access to spa and facilities.

    Choice of UK hotels. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

    Treatments not included.

  • Overnight stay from GBP139.99 : Includes an overnight stay and access to spa facilities and breakfast. Various UK locations included. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Overnight stay with treatment from GBP249 : Includes an overnight stay at the Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Essex, breakfast, three-course dinner at the Rosewood Restaurant, 20-minute treatment each and full access to the spa and facilities.
  • Overnight stay with treatments from GBP299 : Includes an overnight stay at the Rowhill Grange in Dartford, breakfast, full access to spa facilities, and a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage each.

    Also includes allocation of GBP35pp for dinner. Voucher valid for up to 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

Top deals on hotel stays

A couple lie on a bed planning a holidayLooking for deals for a romantic getaway?
  • Two-night breaks from GBP99 : Includes two nights at a hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast.

    Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Deluxe two-night breaks from GBP139 : Includes two nights at a deluxe hotel of choice from select list, and breakfast. Based on two people sharing a room.
  • Deluxe two-night break with dinner from GBP179 : Includes two nights at a hotel with breakfast, and dinner on your first night. Voucher is valid for 20 months and can be used in both the UK and Europe.
  • Two-night Lake District break from GBP199 : Includes two nights at at a choice of 4* and 5* hotels in the Lake District with choice of room only, breakfast or half board options.

    Voucher valid for 20 months. Based on two people sharing a room.

  • Five-night Devon break from GBP369 : Includes five nights at a choice of 3-5* hotels in Devon with room only, breakfast or half board options. Based on two people sharing a room.

For full details on Covid-19 policies visit buyagift.co.uk/covid19 and redletterdays.co.uk/covid19.

Looking for more inspiration?

Get more travel inspiration and news

The Mirror's travel newsletter brings you the latest news and expert analysis from across the industry, as well as plenty of travel inspiration.

Our travel experts also seek out the best deals whether for UK holidays or abroad. It will be sent to your inbox twice a week, so sign up here We have a guide to the UK's best romantic destinations as well as our pick of the top romantic hotels if you're looking to plan a weekend minibreak.

As for deals, you may want to bookmark our Staycation and Holiday Deals pages which we regularly update with the latest sales and discounts we find that we think you'll love.

Where's your favourite destination for a romantic getaway in the UK?

Let us know in the comments below.