Avis giants unite in £636m deal

The US car hire giant Avis Budget is to buy its European counterpart in a £636m deal that reunites the two businesses after 25 years. The swoop for the London-listed Avis Europe, which operates the Avis and Budget brands in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, already has the support of the Belgium-based motoring group D'Ieteren, which owns 60 per cent of the company.

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The takeover spotlight returned to Home Retail last night, prompting a late surge for the Argos owner after market gossips reheated chatter it could be about to receive a bid.

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Travel Challenge: Canada's west coast

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Car-hire giants in U-turn over electric fleet

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Questions of cash: Internet booking mess is no laughing matter

Q. Hertz has charged me twice for a single period of car hire. I paid in full and six months in advance for 14 days' car hire at Funchal. The flight was delayed badly at Glasgow, and as there was no phone number on my Hertz voucher, I was unable to notify of the delay, or advise that we would collect the car the next day. At the airport I asked the woman at the Hertz desk to notify the relevant staff of the delay and to explain that we would collect the vehicle the following day. She told us this was "fixed". But on my return home it seemed that Hertz had charged me an extra £255.22, which seems to be a duplicate charge for the car hire, plus an extra £2.26 – for what, I don't know. VL, Isle of Arran.

The real junior apprentices: Pupils are encouraged to run their own businesses at Lincoln Castle Academy

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Zippy market debut for car hire pioneer

Zipcar, the hire-car service for city dwellers, listed its shares on Nasdaq yesterday, surging 66 per cent within minutes. The 10-year-old company, which bought its UK copycat Streetcar last year, raised $173.4m after pricing its shares above the range.

Before driving off, give the hire contract due care and consideration

Rental companies can pepper their agreements with many hidden charges which could cost the incautious driver dear.

Herault in Langedoc: getting there and around

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