Alcohol at petrol stations, Sibelius software, car insurance and Nespresso.

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What's the difference between a shop and a petrol station? It might depend on how many customers buy fuel or how much money the garage makes from its shop. In England and Wales, legislation allows garage shops to sell alcoholic drinks only if their 'primary use' isn't fuel sales. Up to 3000 petrol stations are licensed to sell alcohol, but West Yorkshire Police have successfully challenged the process.

While many high streets are struggling in competition with online sales and out-of-town retail, some are thriving. What are the factors making them successful, and can other town centres learn from them?

Nestle wants to stop other coffee-makers from selling capsules for its Nespresso machines. A German court has rejected the firm's bid to prevent two Swiss manufacturers from producing their own versions. We look at the issue of consumables and the extent to which manufacturers can control consumer choice.

Many of the world's musicians and composers use Sibelius software to arrange and edit printed music. Thousands of concerned users have signed an online petition about the software's future after its parent company, Avid, closed its development office in London. We look at the rights and expectations of people buying software.

Adding another driver to your car insurance policy can reduce the cost, but what other factors dictate the price? What are the legal and legitimate options that can be used to save money?

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Fri 24 Aug 2012 12:00
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